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All Meals May Not Be Created Equal

By Tom Herrin

People tend to try to compare just about everything.  Trying to find ways to measure, or rate, things by assessing their value in contrast to something similar is pretty common.  As a matter of fact, it is the American way.  Meals are really no different.  Looking at three meals a day as a standard, each has some individual worth while each may actually stand alone as to their impact on the day.  Breakfast is a meal that is sometimes treated with indifference by some.  Others consider it an essential that cannot be sacrificed.  The truth is that breakfast can be a lot of things to different people, but everyone should have one.

It May Help Mental Function

The brain is much like any other organ in the body, it requires proper nutrition in order to do its job well.  Food enriched with potassium, magnesium, and selenium are available for breakfast.  These can help promote healthy brain function.  They are believed to help prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, both of which seem to be occurring in greater numbers of people.

It May Help Support the Cardiovascular System

The little things are often what can make a difference with health.  While exercise is an important factor in building health, eating the right breakfast may be a way to protect the heart and circulatory system.  If that meal is well planned, it can be like a prescription for daily care.  Including foods that contain omega-3s and healthy fats can be really good for the heart.  Making certain to add foods that are high in soluble fibers can provide a boost for the blood vessels as they can help to lower the levels of bad cholesterol.

It May Help Manage Weight

For those of us who struggle with our weight, skipping breakfast can be a killer.  It tends to make the metabolism less stable.  Periods of starvation may make it slow down, then eating too much when we are really hungry can cause us to take in too many calories.  When our body is burning them slower, it can be trouble.  Eating breakfast can jump-start the metabolism while eating the right foods can also help us to feel fuller longer.  Without a doubt, all people have different needs, but breakfast is important to each of us.  Planning can make it personal and make it work for you.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Kennesaw, Ga.

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