Saturday, January 21, 2017

Healthy Boosts for Your Breakfast Rituals

Author Bio: Ronnie is a health fanatic and loves all things chia and flax. When she isn't writing, you can find her kayaking with her corgi, Buffy.

Life today is busy. Between work and family commitments, commutes, and daily stresses, most of us are lucky to remember to eat lunch, let alone to get to the gym regularly or sit down to plan our meals. When it comes time to choose between self-care and tending to our family members, our own health and fitness are often simply not a priority.

Your harried life aside, taking care of yourself is important! A nutritious diet and an exercise plan are the most effective ways to maintain health, but even a few small tweaks to your daily routine can make a world of difference in managing stress, supporting your immune system, and maintaining wellness. Read on for a list of healthy boosts for your breakfast routine and start your day off on your best foot. 

Before you even get to breakfast, consider adding an early morning workout to your routine. The benefits of prolonged and consistent exercise are numerous and almost universally agreed upon. Cardio routines exercise your heart and lungs, increase bone density, and reduce stress. They will also help you sleep more soundly at night.

Strength routines help manage chronic pain, increase lean muscle mass, and improve balance. If you are a natural early bird, a morning run or circuit workout will get your heart pumping early and produce endorphins to start your day off right. If you prefer to ease into your morning, yoga or a Pilates routine will take it easy on your joints and leave you feeling calm as you begin your day.

Once you have exercised, consider another healthy boost to your breakfast routine: Eat breakfast. Studies show that eating breakfast helps you avoid overeating later in the day. It also helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and give you an energy boost, and it is much more effective and longer lasting than the jolt from a cup of coffee to start your day. With plenty of make-ahead and on-the-go breakfast options, this change is easier than ever and a great first step toward a healthy start to your day. 

Now that you’re eating breakfast, make sure you’re eating the right breakfast. Options high in protein and fiber and low in sugar will keep your energy levels stable throughout the day, which will, in turn, hold your metabolism steady. Those who prefer traditional dishes might reach for a Mediterranean omelet, savory oatmeal, or chicken sausage and poached eggs.

More adventurous palates might whip up a chia pudding, a baked avocado, or a green juice smoothie. Whichever you prefer, consider add-ins to boost vitamin levels. Wheat germ and flax seed add beneficial vitamin B, iron, zinc, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids—all part of a nutritious diet.

You can give yourself an advantage on top of eating healthy by incorporating vitamins and supplements into your diet. Supplements that boost metabolism, brain function, immune system function, and sleep cycle can make a world of difference and are very easy to incorporate into your routine.

Metabolism Boosters
Your metabolism is your motor. Feed it properly, and it will keep you moving throughout the day. Robbed of proper nutrition, it will disrupt your body’s ability to use the energy from your diet. In short, it is important to keep it running smoothly.

Adding whey protein to your breakfast routine will help control blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full. In addition, adding whey protein to a smoothie, bowl of oatmeal, or mixed into a yogurt parfait will help you maintain and build muscle mass if you are hitting the gym.

Brain Boosters
As we age and maintain our hectic schedules, details begin to slip through the cracks, and our brains experience the wear and tear of being on all the time. Mental activities, such as crossword puzzles and memory games, can help us stay sharp, but food and supplements can help maintain and enhance mental abilities as well.

Natural brain boosters, like ginkgo balboa, have been shown to improve memory and recall in certain subjects. Other natural elements like the omega-3 fatty acids in flax seed or docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are naturally derived from fish and generally available in supplement form.

Immune System Boosters

Like your metabolism, your immune system is crucial to your ability to fight off illness and keep you energized and strong as you go about your day. You have undoubtedly heard that natural ingredients like vitamin C and Echinacea help you ward off the aches and pains of the common cold or other afflictions.

Consider adding these ingredients to your breakfast routine. It could be as simple as swapping out your coffee or tea for orange juice, or even ginseng tea, which includes vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties. If you are feeling more adventurous, it could be adding ginger to your tea or to a savory dish like an omelette. If you would rather not add these flavors to your breakfast, supplements like Oregacillin offer all of the benefits of an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant supplement.

Sleep Boosters
If all of this seems like a little bit too much work, why not boost your health while you sleep? Experts agree that sleep not only recharges you physically and emotionally, but it also helps your body reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It also helps to balance the hormones that inform hunger and stress levels. To reap the full benefits, try to log between seven and nine hours of sleep nightly.

If you have trouble falling asleep, consider adding a sleep aid to your pre-bedtime routine. A capsule like Kavinace Ultra PM combines the benefits of melatonin and Gamma Amino-Butyric Acid (GABA), which calm the body and the mind and encourage sleep.

Final Thoughts

Breakfast is a good source of important nutrients such as calcium, iron, and vitamins. The body needs these essential nutrients, so try to include some fruit or even vegetables in your morning breakfast routine.  

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