The dire significance of breakfast - the backbone of your daily nutritional provision
A healthy lifestyle and well-being are entirely attributed to how organized our eating habits are, as well as the quality of the food that we consume regularly. Let us look at this article as a tribute to our mental and physical health, in attempt to ensure that we invest more time and effort into maintaining a more beneficial system of eating right.
To enable ourselves to be in a position to do as many tasks as we possibly can in a day, a healthy diet and a systemized meal pattern are key. A healthy diet keeps us fit and energetic throughout the day, and also helps to maintain or improve overall health. It is one that supplies the body with sufficient or essential nutrition, comprising of fluid, macronutrients, micronutrients and adequate calories.
As clichéd as this may sound, breakfast is the most important meal of the day in many more ways than you can imagine. In the simplest terms, it breaks our overnight fasting period, replenishes your glucose levels and provides other necessary nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Apart from supplying us with adequate energy, the ingredients most commonly used to prepare a healthy breakfast are generally good sources of essential nutrients such as calcium, fiber, protein, iron and vitamin B. Research shows that with these key nutrients, if missed at breakfast, they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day. There are serious repercussions to making a habit out of skipping breakfast. Irregular breakfast patterns can make you more susceptible to weight gain and very well increase your risk of heart disease, obesity, high blood-pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
According to a study carried out in 1998 by professor Murphy J.M., a renowned executor of nutritional case studies, which had appeared in a journal called Physiological Behavior in 1999, avoiding breakfast can have negative effects on our energy and mood. The British research team did a study on 144 healthy people who underwent an overnight fast. The group was divided into two. One group was given a moderate breakfast, and the second group was not given breakfast. The groups were then observed for a couple of hours. According to the study, the group who were not given breakfast exhibited the poorest memory skills and highest fatigue levels. Hence, avoiding breakfast could bog down your energy levels and negatively impact your memory. A good breakfast could do wonders for us, in that it boosts our cognitive functioning and keeps our metabolism at a healthy level. And if we go the extra mile, we might just be able to hold onto our nice heads of hair even past the tender ages of 50 and 60.
A healthy lifestyle entails having to set a number of things in our lives straight. But it all starts at how we provide our body and brain with the necessary nutrients to then be able to build and improve on a system that complements us, holistically.
We earnestly implore people to exercise all the faith that they can muster in this direction, to ensure themselves a better lifestyle and wellbeing, because as the famous American journalist, John Gunther, once said, “All happiness comes from a leisurely breakfast”.