Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Risk of Skipping Breakfast


Skipping breakfast is a common habit of some people especially those with stressful activities or schedule in the morning.  Some students and employees who rush going to school and office ignoring the need to take breakfast. 

Research shows that one of the worst practice is skipping the breakfast meal.  It is indeed the most important meal of the day.  It  helps prevent strokes, heart attack, and sudden death.  The attacks occur between 6:00a.m and noon with the highest rates during 8:00 to 10:00a.m

Platelet are tiny elements in the blood that keep from bleeding but these platelets can clump together inside the arteries due to cholesterol or plaque in the lining of the artery lining.  The most activation hours of platelets takes place during the morning and tend to form internal  blood clots. The good news is taking atleast  a light meal or very-low fat breakfast can reduce activation of the platelets.      

Eating cereal such as oatmeal, fat-free yogurt  with six ounces of grape juice or orange juice and a piece of fruit like banana is a light breakfast one can take.  A simple breakfast will keep the platelets sticking together, keeping the blood clots from forming, and prevent heart attack or stroke.  Having a good meal at breaks will also sustain the energy during the day.