Break the cycle and prime yourself with success by eating a healthy breakfast every day!
Aside from providing your body with fuel, eating a daily breakfast rich in protein, fruit, and healthy fat builds a foundation for long term longevity.
Comments by Dr. Ted Herrmann:
It is said that the word breakfast literally means to break your body of the fast it undergoes while you sleep. Yes, that’s right. Your body eats away at itself while you are sleeping, drawing energy and nutrients from fat stores and muscle fibers. This is why we awake with hunger, and this is why eating breakfast is so important.
A healthy breakfast can be broken down into three parts: protein, complex carbohydrates, and unsaturated fats. A typical well rounded breakfast, for example, consists of protein from egg whites, complex carbohydrates from a fruit salad, and unsaturated fat from a dairy product like whole milk, yogurt, or cottage cheese.
Aside from ridding us of our early morning rumbling stomachs, a healthy and well rounded breakfast builds the foundation for longevity and overall vitality in at least three ways.
First, a healthy breakfast provides the body with lean protein at the early hours of the day. This is very important because the body draws protein from muscle fibers while we sleep. As this happens, the body feels as though it is starving and goes into survival mode, slowing the metabolism and increasing the production of a hormone called cortisol. Those protein stores must be replaced as soon as possible, and the fastest way to do is by consuming 10-15 grams (about four egg whites) of protein each morning. This will bring the body out of survival mode and decrease the production of cortisol over time. Recent studies have found that individuals with low cortisol levels have greater immune system health as well as a reduced risk of heart disease (i). In this way, eating eggs each morning promotes long term health.
The second part of the healthy breakfast equation includes about 2 cups of fresh fruit. This portion of the meal provides high quality carbohydrates that the body will metabolize into energy throughout the day. Also, fruit has a relatively high concentration of both water and vitamins that will hydrate and nourish the body. Most notably, fruit is naturally sweet. Enjoying naturally sweet whole foods, like fruit, throughout the day will deter those late night cravings for sweets that all too often lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay.
Finally, a healthy breakfast is rounded out with a moderate serving of unsaturated fat. The best source for this is yogurt as it goes well with fruit and other breakfast foods. The unsaturated fat in most dairy products, fish oils, and olive oil has been linked in recent studies to strong heart health, most likely because if its power as an anti-inflammatory (ii).
A healthy breakfast will arm you with an arsenal of nutrients to tackle even the toughest of days. As a Miami dentist and nutritionist, I see firsthand the benefits of eating healthy meals. Patients who eat breakfasts rich in eggs, fruit, and yogurt say they feel more energetic and alive. This is illustrated in their teeth: patients who eat well have strong, healthy teeth and gums. To learn more about how diet can affect oral health, Schedule a dental appointment with Assure a Smile.