‘Hangry’ Is a Real Health Problem—Breakfast Is the Cure
Why breakfast is the most under-rated meal of the day
By Clinical Nutritionist, Brooke Benson – MODMIND
‘Hangry’, the perfect mid-morning storm of hungry and angry that culminates in fatigue, anxiety and mental fogginess is only truly cured through the eating of breakfast. And that is because (regardless of emotional symptomology) ‘hangry’ is a biochemical condition caused by hormonal changes within a body that is desperately in need of energizing fuel. ‘Hangry’ is a real health problem and breakfast is the cure. Why? Let me explain:
1) Breakfast can boost your brain power
Research shows that eating breakfast helps restore levels of glucose (the brain’s primary fuel source). Without adequate supply of glucose, the brain may be sluggish and memory will be impaired. Also, a lack of glucose can also leave you feeling cranky and fatigued. Breakfast is essential for optimal brain performance and mood stability.
2) Breakfast can boost metabolism:
Evidence shows that eating breakfast can stoke your metabolic fire and encourage your body to burn more calories throughout the day, which is fantastic for those on a weight-loss or maintenance program. If you don’t consume breakfast, your body can go into storage-mode, hoarding as many calories as possible as a protective mechanism against famine (an ancient self-defence mechanism against starvation), which causes weight gain and alters mood and attention span.
3) Breakfast boosts overall nutrient intake:
For most people, breakfast is the most nutritious meal of the day and provides approximately 20% of recommended daily vitamin and mineral levels. Skipping breakfast makes it much harder to maintain high nutrient levels needed for energy and immune function.
Breakfast protects the health of your heart and arteries:
Studies show that people who miss breakfast are more likely to have fatty deposits on the walls of key arteries and blood vessels, causing atherosclerosis (which is heavily linked to stroke and heart attacks). In fact, skipping breakfast nearly doubles the risk of clogged arteries.
Breakfast decreases stress levels:
Cortisol, our primary stress hormone, is highest between 7-8am, and giving our body glucose and protein as fuel helps to lower it back down to a stable level. If we don’t eat at this time, cortisol will remain high, causing anxiety and jitters.
So, whether yours consists of a smoothie or scrambled eggs, don’t skip breakfast! Your hormones, organs and brain rely on this nutritional powerhouse of a meal for performance, productivity and pleasure. ‘Hangry’, be gone!