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Why Is Breakfast So Important?

Being that March is National Nutrition Awareness month, we thought we would take a closer look into the infamously dubbed “most important meal of the day”. And by breakfast, we don’t mean a leftover donut. We mean a healthy, well balanced, colorfully nutritious breakfast. We’ve compiled the following list of reasons a balanced breakfast is so important:

  1. It will kick start your metabolism for the day – studies show that eating within the first two hours of waking can help your body better metabolize glucose all day
  2. Eating breakfast stabilizes the body’s natural eat/fast rhythm by replenishing your blood-sugar which drops while you snooze
  3. A healthy morning meal can keep you going all day – skip it and you will likely feel fatigued, possibly get a headache and start to crash before its even time for lunch
  4. It is a great opportunity to sneak some of those essentials vitamins and minerals into your body so you won’t be scrambling to consume them later on
  5. According to WebMD, “If you’re dieting, don’t think cutting calories by skipping the meal will help. Studies show that most people who lose weight and keep the weight off eat breakfast every day.”
  6. If you skip breakfast, your body will produce more ghrelin, the body’s hunger hormone, which could cause you to overeat for the rest of the day
  7. Perpetual breakfast-skipping can cause insulin resistance and has been linked to type 2 diabetes
  8. Heart health – according to Consumer Reports, “a recent study that involved almost 27,000 men, researchers found that those who didn’t eat a morning meal were 27 percent more likely to develop heart disease than those who did.”
  9. You’ll be more efficient at work than the person who skipped breakfast – studies have shown greater productivity and problem solving skills in those who always ate a healthy breakfast
  10. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that regular breakfast eaters to be more physically active than those who routinely skip the meal

The Benefits of Breakfast For Kids

Consuming a daily balanced breakfast of fruits, veggies, protein and/or whole grains is especially important for children because:

  1. Growing bodies need more fuel than full grown ones, they also require more vitamins and minerals
  2. Kids (and teenagers) who routinely skip the first meal of the day are more likely to become overweight and obese, as they tend to eat more junk food, and overeat during the day
  3. Children who eat balanced breakfasts have more energy, are less tired and therefor perform better in school
  4. Children who don’t eat breakfast show irritable moods, decreased attention span and appear more restless during class
  5. Research suggests that kids who regularly eat a balanced morning meal do better in tests, non-academic subjects, and extra curricular activities (perhaps because of extra energy)

So there you have it! A multitude of reasons not to pass on a healthy morning munch! Thanks for visiting DocChat, we hope you’ll drop by again soon!

 

5 Habits That Are Deteriorating Your Health

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It is never too late to correct bad habits. Our lifestyles are a sum total of our everyday small habits. Learn to recognize these bad habits and work on getting rid of them. These five unhealthiest habits are affecting you negatively:

1. Eating too much fast food

Fast food might seem satisfying in the moment when you are too rushed or exhausted to cook food at home. Grabbing a quick bite to eat is a very convenient option. But in the long run, high consumption of fast food will lead to serious health issues, such as heart problems, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, to name a few. The high fat and sodium content in fast food are the reason for the increased rates of obesity in the developed world. Kick this habit as soon as possible, your future self will thank you.

2. Stressing out about little things

Constant worrying about little things will turn you into a perpetual worry machine. It will cause your anxiety levels to rise, as a torrent of stress hormones floods the body. Stress will affect your immune system and vital organs. Try meditation and therapy if you find yourself worrying frequently.

3. Skipping breakfast

Skipping the morning meal will cause your energy levels to plummet during the day. You will feel less productive and fatigued as the day goes by. You will create a cycle of starve-overindulge in your eating pattern. The healthiest thing for your body is to have a low fat, fiber rich breakfast every day.

4. Drinking too much alcohol

If you tend to overindulge in alcohol frequently you can be causing harm to your body. Alcohol will increase your risk of liver cancer, high blood pressure, and depression. The physical and mental toll of alcoholism is heavy and must be avoided, drinking in moderation is the key. If moderation is not possible than try curbing the habit altogether.

5. Smoking

This is the worst habit to have. Smoking is basically breathing in toxic, cancer-causing chemicals into your lungs. Smokers are at an increased risk for lung cancer, heart diseases and other cancers. Almost 80% to 90% of lung cancer cases can be traced back to smoking. A smoker will face heart attacks, strokes, and cancer. Quitting can reverse the damage or at least significantly lower the chances of suffering.

If you are in the habit of doing any of these activities, it is best to quit now and take a step towards wellness and happy living. Replace these bad habits with good ones and you will feel a marked improvement in health and fitness.