Benefits of Breakfast
Many of us start our day in a hurry and tend to skip breakfast. Even when we do remember, we munch on just as much as our time will permit us before we begin our activities.
This has become so common that we do not recognize the effect this has on our bodies during the day. Just like most things, the negative effects of skipping or rushing our breakfast are subtle and take time to be noticed.
Obviously, making a habit of having breakfast has numerous benefits. We have all heard, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and that it is.
The benefits of having your breakfast are so numerous we could spend hours listing them. These include the following key benefits.
Breakfast improves energy levels-
Eating during the day gives the liver enough carbohydrates to store for use later. While we are asleep our body runs on glucose converted from glycogen in the liver. This keeps our blood sugar levels within normal range and provides the energy needed while we are not eating. After waking up however, the body’s energy stores need to be replenished. Having breakfast helps the body stock up on energy and function as it should. Without this, it is much more difficult to be active and productive during the day
Breakfast reduces hunger-
Having breakfast reduces hunger during the day and this allows for better spacing between meals. This prevents overeating. When you skip breakfast, in an attempt to compensate, you are more likely to make unhealthy meal choices and eat in larger quantities than you should. This is why incorporating a healthy breakfast routine into a person’s life helps even with weight loss.
Breakfast improves memory and concentration-
The brain uses about 20% of all the energy in the body. With healthy breakfast, enough energy is supplied and so the brain gets its much needed quota. The neurotransmitters have all that is required to function normally to maintain cognitive function. It is then easier to recall things and concentrate better during the day.
Breakfast improves cardiovascular health-
According to many studies, skipping breakfast is often related to unhealthy lifestyle habits and these lead to poor health of the heart. Skipping breakfast has also been related to developing atherosclerosis. In this condition, the arteries that carry blood to other parts of the body harden and become narrow. This in turn affects blood supply to the rest of the body.
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you feed yourself what your body needs when it needs it, that’s love. So give your body some TLC and sit down and enjoy a good, substantial breakfast.” – Kathy Freston
Having a healthy breakfast routine is essential in being productive throughout the day.
Having breakfast keeps our brains, heart and muscles fortified. Knowing these benefits and many more, it is advisable to prioritize having a healthy breakfast as this is essential in being productive throughout the day.
A busy schedule should always have room for a good morning meal.