All this makes sense if we take into account that humans follow a circadian rhythm, which translates into a better use of nutritional resources during the day. We have optimized our metabolism to function better while the sun is shining. Thanks to this rhythm we have internalized the hours of greatest hunger; when we have to have breakfast, lunch or dinner; when to rest; or how and when to mobilize free fats.
Undersupplied neurons and a bad mood
One of the main benefits of breakfast is the supply of glucose to the brain, an organ that only consumes this nutrient. The absence of glucose affects our nervous system and can even damage neurons, sometimes irreversibly. Are we willing to pay this fee for skipping breakfast?
The lack of glucose also causes a bad mood, affects the ability to concentrate, to solve problems effectively, generates anxiety and stress, which in turn worsens concentration.
Things change radically after breakfast and nutrient intake. To begin with, because the neural pathways that are responsible for activating all essential systems such as memory and concentration processes and less irritability are launched. Ideally, it should be a healthy and satiating breakfast that provides nutrients, especially foods rich in complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and proteins (cheese or any other dairy product, for example).
Opting for a breakfast with products with a very high glycemic index is not a good option. It will cause high rates of glucose in the blood very quickly, which means that insulin will also rush to order it to be removed from the blood. This will be followed by a rapid hypoglycemia or drop in blood glucose, which will whet the appetite again, making us need to eat again by mid-morning.
The time it has taken us to read this article is the same time we need to prepare a healthy breakfast. All specialists still recommend five meals a day, starting with breakfast. Are you sure to skip it today?
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