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Why You Shouldn't Skip Breakfast In The Morning

Why You Shouldn't Skip Breakfast In The Morning

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You’ve mistakenly turned your alarm off instead of hitting snooze. By the time you awake, you have all of 20 minutes to get out the door if you plan on arriving to work on time. On those hectic mornings, when we’re forced to choose between showering or eating breakfast, let’s just hope we’re all choosing to shower. But what if we didn't have to decide to go without breakfast in the mornings? Are there benefits to eating breakfast in the morning? Well, according to years of documented research, yes, there are ample benefits.

Our bodies interact with nutrition differently, depending on the time of day we eat. Studies suggest that high proportional intake during the morning is associated with a low overall daily intake. Meaning, a healthy breakfast consumed in the morning lessens the chance of excessive eating later in the day. According to a survey conducted by the NPD Group, it found that roughly 31 million Americans skip breakfast daily.

“Among the reasons individuals give for not eating or drinking anything before 11 a.m. is that they weren’t hungry/thirsty or didn’t feel like eating or drinking. Other top reasons are that they didn’t have time and were too busy. Adult females show a higher propensity to skip a morning occasion due to a time constraint, like being too busy, rushing to get out the door, or running late.” – NPD Survey

So, what are some of the benefits of breakfast in the morning? We've put together a quick guide with a few reasons as to why you absolutely should NOT skip breakfast in the mornings.

Brain Functionality

Whether you're on your way to work or school, skipping breakfast in the mornings could mean depriving your mind and body of the nutrition needed to boost your brainpower. Getting proper nutrition in the mornings can have significant effects on memory and brain functionality. By consuming a high-quality breakfast to start your day, you can improve your memory and concentration levels, as well as improve your mood and lower stress. Children who eat a healthy breakfast are more proficient at problem-solving and physical coordination. Numerous studies conducted amongst children and adults have shown that those who have a healthy breakfast tend to have improved cognitive skills and function better throughout the day. 

Improves Your Energy

Glycogen is the glucose that is released throughout the body overnight to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Glucose is the body’s primary source of energy. When carbs are consumed, our Glucose is broken down and absorbed. In the morning, if you’re going for an extended period without food, your glycogen is low. When you consume foods that are high in fiber like whole grains, the sugar absorption tends to be slower, which prevents your glucose levels from rising rapidly. Balanced blood sugar levels prevent those random feelings of fatigue mid-day. Eating breakfast restores your glycogen and boosts your energy levels, as well as your metabolism for the day. A healthy breakfast that can improve your overall energy throughout the day should consist of high-fiber, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and carbohydrates. For those constricted by specialty diets such as gluten-free diets, you can always consider blending your breakfast. Combining fruits and vegetables for a blended smoothie is another great way to consume a high energy breakfast. 

Can Prevent Health-Related Risk

Research found that women who have breakfast zero to six times per week have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women who eat breakfast regularly. An Additional study by Harvard was conducted over a 16-year period which included 26,902 American men aged 45 to 82. In this study, men who skipped breakfast were 27% more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease compared with men who did not skip breakfast. When researches looked at deaths related to cardiovascular issues like stroke and heart attacks, they found an 87% increased risk of cardiovascular death in people who skipped breakfast daily. It sounds scary, but extensive research shows taking a moment to consume a healthy breakfast can benefit your health longterm. 

Yes, we’re all guilty of skipping breakfast more often than we should. But there is a countless number of studies ou there to support that the lack of a good nutritious meal to start the day can be harmful. While everyone’s body type is different, it’s always good to be safe. When you’re uncertain of what to intake, have a smoothie, eat a quick bowl of protein-rich cereal, oatmeal or a bowl of mixed fruit. After all, your choice to switch up your routine to make time for breakfast can impact your health for the better. For more information on the best diets and nutritional plans, we recommend consulting a licensed medical professional.