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Why Is Breakfast So Important, Anyway?

By Stepy Kamei

We've all heard the age-old expression, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Still, mornings can get hectic and chaotic easily, and many of us often end up sacrificing a hearty breakfast (or any breakfast altogether) in order to save time and energy while we're rushing to get to work. Sometimes we put in the effort to grab a protein bar or a pastry on our way out the door, but many times we fail to even do that. It's no surprise then that we often find ourselves cranky and hungry way before the lunch break rolls around. It's easy to fall into this habit, but it's definitely an unhealthy one. Studies show that skipping breakfast can have immediate negative consequences on our well-being, as well as inducing more substantial health problems in the future, especially if it becomes a regular habit. So, why does the first meal of the day have such an important impact on our health -- and how can you make sure you're making the most of each breakfast?

Skipping Breakfast Has Consequences

The figures are alarming and astounding -- studies show that people who skip breakfast regularly have an 87 percent higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those who don't. What's more is that people who don't eat breakfast also often tend to lead more unhealthy lifestyles, which include poor dietary habits, high alcohol and tobacco consumption, and low physical activity and proper sleep. Whatever your reasons are for skipping breakfast, it's safe to conclude that no reason is good enough to justify doing it.

Making the Most of Breakfast

So, how can you make sure you're benefiting from eating right at the start of your day? The good news is that you don't necessarily need a lot of time to prepare a lavish meal. What's most important is that you get plenty of protein and fiber from your morning meal. It's equally as important to stay away from sugary, processed foods. A good rule to go by is to stick with minimally processed foods. These include boiled eggs, nut butters, whole wheat bread, whole milk yogurt, and fresh fruits and veggies. Feel free to mix these foods around each morning for nutritious and well-balanced meals.

Of course, it's never a bad idea to speak with a nutritionist if you feel you need further help coming up with a breakfast plan that works for you, but it's also something your chiropractor can probably help you with.

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

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