Breakfast and a balanced diet

Breakfast and a balanced diet

Food nowadays is constantly on our mind. Food culture and healthy foods have become as meaningful as eating as a whole. We have grown very concerned and conscious about what we take in and how it affects our bodies and general health. 

A healthy breakfast as stress killer 

First of all, food and drink bind body and soul. Eating in a calm relaxed atmosphere with enough time to make the right selections helps us to reduce stress. It is a well-known, but often ignored, fact that the right food plays a crucial role in our diet and our well-being.

Indeed, when getting up in the morning, the human body has not been supplied with energy for ten hours. That is why it is recommended to thoroughly consider what to feed your body in the morning. A healthy breakfast is the best you can do to start your day. The British seem to have thought that through perfectly since their breakfast is appreciated and imitated all over the world.

Although, while some cultivate a healthy breakfast culture, many take in their breakfast fast and while standing and some don’t even eat in the morning at all. A good and healthily balanced breakfast however is the crucial energy supply for good performance and concentration skills throughout the day.  

 

Breakfast influences your performance

A good breakfast raises the level of blood sugar and activates the brain cells. Research has shown that a well-composed, healthy breakfast helps you create new memories as well as regain old ones. It also increases comprehension of complex information.   

According to recent findings people who regularly eat a healthy breakfast are less likely to suffer from diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. However, the combination of ingredients plays a big role: Experts advise: 60 % carbohydrates, 10% protein and not more than 30% fat.

In addition, the food should be high in fiber. A particularly effective way to change your diet would be to replace the continental “bread roll – butter – jam – breakfast” by fresh cereals with fruit and milk or yoghurt or by whole-grain bread with curd.

Coffee, tea and Co.

As the human body consists of up to 90% water it is important that we drink much and regularly. Everybody should begin their day with water, unsweetened or diluted juices or with light teas.

However, most of us cannot really get their day started without a first cup of coffee. Caffeine, which is also included in tea, is quickly absorbed by the stomach and the small intestine and emitted into the blood stream where it unfolds its effects. It blocks the activity of adenosine, a sedative substance, in the brain and stimulates the production of adrenalin.

So, coffee really makes us more animated. But it brings along risks and disadvantages; therefore, it is worth thinking about alternatives. Coffee inhibits the absorption of mineral nutrients and frequent coffee-drinking (more than three cups a day) fosters calcium expulsion. Enjoyed responsibly however, the popular natural stimulant is safe. Herb and fruit teas or rooibos tea (which has its origin in Africa and which is rich in vitamin C and iron) are better for your health.