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Posted on 12-26-2015
Why Skipping the Most Important Meal of the Day Could Be Detrimental to Your Health
Author: Amanda Fuller
Did you know that people who eat breakfast are generally leaner, more energized
and all around healthier? Perhaps you weren’t aware that people who eat
breakfast also tend to have healthier cholesterol levels and even better
concentration and memory? Eating breakfast has also been known to lower the
risk of diabetes and heart disease.
As you may have noticed, having breakfast every morning is very important.
Having it within 2 hours of waking is even more ideal. Some may also refer to it as
the ‘most important’ meal of the day. Without it, our bodies are basically running
on empty. First thing in the morning, breakfast helps restore glucose levels and
provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast. Research has shown
that those who eat breakfast are less likely to become overweight. It has also
been known to improve mood and lower stress levels.
For children, eating breakfast is even more crucial. It can improve their behavior
and has even been linked to good grades in some cases. Like any other organ, the
brain needs energy to work at its best. Not only does it have long-term effects
such as reducing obesity, regulating blood pressure, and lowering chances of
developing heart disease and diabetes, but it is also a good excuse for people to
get together. In children especially, it establishes good habits that they will
hopefully carry with them through adulthood. They are less likely to skip meals as
adults and it also helps to develop good eating habits. Not sure what to eat for
breakfast? Try eating whole foods vs. processed foods. A combination of protein
and fruits and veggies is a good start. Here are some options:
- Greek yogurt
- Almond Butter
- Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas & grapefruit
- Coffee & tea
- Juices such as orange & cranberry
We hope these tips have been helpful. If you’re already a breakfast lover, keep it
up! And if you’re not, it’s never too late to rise and shine.
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