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Are You Sure About Skipping Breakfast?

By Stephen R. Farris

If you're like me, constantly on the run, working diligently to meet deadlines, trying to fit in a workout between work and home life, then trying to maintain your nutritional health can put a strain on you.

First thing we do in the mornings is wake up, shower, get dressed, maybe down a cup of coffee or soda, then off we go. By mid morning our tummy starts to growl at us. Feed me, it says. So we check out the employee lounge to see if there are any leftover doughnuts. Sure, that may hold us until lunch break. But when that time comes, we're rushed and its fast food city. 

By afternoon we're literally dragging our heels. If we'd only taken enough time to enjoy a nutritious breakfast. Why that's something we've probably heard all of our lives is that we should make enough time to eat breakfast, right?

So what's the importance of starting your day off with breakfast? Very important!

The Most Important Meal of the Day

Missing out on breakfast, according to research, leads to weight gain, fatigue (thus the sluggish feeling we get during the day) and puts us in a poor mood. No wonder my co-workers and I are so grumpy in the mornings. Well actually, we pretty much are all day long.

Not only can missing out on breakfast cause these problems, it can also lead to other health issues, primarily, diabetes.

Skipping breakfast can cause your body to become insulin resistant. Our bodies use sugar for energy. The pancreas produces insulin to help push the sugar inside the cells. When insulin can't attach to the sugar it becomes resistant. It's still producing insulin, but not attaching.

Research shows this can lead to increased hunger, weight gain, high blood sugar levels that can damage cells (leading to diabetes), and bigger bellies because the higher insulin levels forced fats to be deposited there.

In the long run, we may end up missing time at work due to doctor visits or stays in the hospital, more money spent on medical bills and an accelerated decline in our overall health. It might be time to consider changes in our life, so we can look forward to enjoying our future retirement healthy and strong. 

Talk with your local chiropractor about making a healthier lifestyle change for the better. They can offer tips and advice to help you achieve your goal. And if you are experiencing pain in your back, neck or joints, they can help with that as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fayetteville, N.C.

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