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Published September 9th 2012
Eat your way to a healthy lifestyle
We all know that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but there are so many people who skip breakfast altogether or just have a cup of coffee because they don't have the time or they just can't stomach eating early in the morning.
Do you ever feel sleepy mid-morning, can't concentrate and feel all 'blah'? Your brain just isn't working properly and you are having trouble functioning and can't seem to understand the simplest thing. It could all be down to the fact that you didn't eat any breakfast.
Did you know that skipping breakfast ignores the needs of your body and deprives you of much needed nutrition? Not eating breakfast can in fact put your health at risk and lead to weight gain and heart disease.
1. Keep Your Energy Levels Up.
After a good night's sleep, your energy levels are low, your stores are pretty empty and you need to fill up the tank. A good breakfast will increase your energy levels and replenish your glycogen stores. Breakfast has been found to supply around twenty-five percent of a person's daily energy needs, so you need to eat a healthy breakfast so that you can function efficiently during the day.
A study has shown that eating a good breakfast can boost your body's gamma-interferon – a natural antiviral that activates your immune cells and that skipping breakfast can cause your gamma-interferon to drop by seventeen percent. So eating a good breakfast can enhance your immune system and keep you fighting fit – especially during winter with all those nasty cold and flu bugs going around.
3. Improve Your Skin.
Eating eggs for breakfast can actually improve your skin. Eggs contain Lutein, an antioxidant, which helps to preserve the skins elasticity and protect your skin cells from damage. Just one egg a day can boost your Lutein levels by twenty six percent.
Eating a good, healthy breakfast does more than just wake you up, it promotes a healthy heart by helping to prevent diabetes and lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Research shows that people who eat breakfast tend to have more fibre and less fat in their diets and are less likely to overeat or snack between meals
5. Maintain a Healthy Body Weight.
This is not a magical trick. After fasting all night your body is in need of nutrition and skipping breakfast can increase your body's insulin response, which increases your fat storage and lead to weight gain. Breakfast can help you to maintain a healthy weight and studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are less likely to snack and overeat later in the day.
There are plenty of ways to eat a good healthy breakfast. Try to incorporate cereals, fruits and grains into your breakfast plan, and try to stay clear of fatty foods and fry-ups. Of course an occasional fry-up is ok, remember 'everything in moderation'.