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Can A Good Breakfast Make You Smarter?
Skipping Breakfast Affects Adults Too
It’s not just kids who should remember to eat in the morning. Adults are just as susceptible to the effects of skipping breakfast as children, and due to their typically busier schedules, are more likely to do so.
Think about what the term “breakfast” means. When you eat in the morning, you are literally breaking a fast. When you sleep, you’re not eating, so you effectively are fasting every night. By the time a person wakes up, his or her stomach is usually empty, and the body is waiting for nutrients to be replenished. When you skip this meal, you are denying your body these nutrients.
In this state, your body is hungry, your blood sugar is low, and your energy levels are likely to be much lower. People who skip breakfast are more likely to be tired, irritable and experience more difficulty focusing on their work. Like academic performance, job performance will suffer as well.
Examples of Good Versus Bad Breakfasts
To start your day off right, you want high quality nutrients that will provide you with energy and leave you with a clear, focused mind.
Aim for proteins like eggs and fresh fruit or vegetables with breakfast. An omelet is a great choice. Juice (preferably freshly made) is a good choice, as is a blended shake. Yogurt with raw honey is a good option.
If you’re really in a rush, a protein bar will get the job done.
Avoid refined sugars and simple carbs. These are the foods that are most likely to give you a brief spike in energy, followed by a crash, during which you’ll experience fatigue and a foggy head. While many such foods, like sugary donuts and pastries, are traditionally thought of as breakfast foods, you might want to avoid them if you have important work to do later that day. It’s okay to occasionally indulge, just save it for an “off” day.
Try making these simple changes in your diet and see if it doesn’t boost your performance throughout the day.