Food is a vital aspect of your existence and its significance can never be overlooked. It provides your body with the appropriate nutrients it needs to function. These nutrients include carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, minerals, fats and oil, and water. All these can be derived from the meals we eat daily and they help us function properly in our daily activities.
Let’s talk about eating habits.
Eating habits may sound like a tiny or irrelevant issue but it’s a very sensitive and important one. I assure you that by the time you get to the end of this article, you will realize how beneficial proper eating habits are.
And I hope you will also accept the areas you are guilty of and start taking immediate corrections.
Now, I know a good number of people reading this that have made a habit of skipping meals.
Some of you take only lunch seriously and forget about the other meals of the day. You feel breakfast is unnecessary and you can carry out your duties with or without it, so why bother, right?
There are also some of you who focus only on your dinner because you feel you are too busy during the day to take a break from your schedule and eat. Your daily routine revolves around work and meeting your target at your workplaces or you are too busy running your business that you barely recognize that you are functioning on an empty stomach.
But do you know how hazardous these actions are to the performance level of your body metabolism? All these varied forms of intermittent fasting and starvation are medically wrong and you should desist from them without further ado.
According to research, avoiding food can hurt you in these 3 ways:
- Lack of glucose for the brain
Many of you are ignorant of how much the human brain depends on glucose to carry out its responsibilities. Talking about glucose, I don’t mean the one you find on the shelves in supermarkets and stores. No. I mean the glucose derived from the food we eat.
The foods that produce glucose are carbohydrates like rice, yam, pasta, cereals, pastries, to mention a few. This glucose produced from carbohydrates is the main source of energy for the brain, so you can imagine what happens when the brain is in short supply of glucose due to your habit of skipping meals.
- Loss of focus
The food you eat supplies nutrients to your body which helps it to function perfectly. So what happens to the body when there is no food for it to derive energy from?
Obviously, your body will have difficulty performing and it can make you lose focus. This will definitely affect your output for the day. You will most likely struggle to meet expectations not to talk of exceeding them.
- Less functional muscles and the immune system
As I stated earlier, one of the nutrients that food gives the body is protein. And this nutrient is responsible for the growth and effective execution of duties of the muscles and the immune system.
Bear in mind that when your muscles are not well powered due to lack of protein, it can cause weakness and lead to poor general performance.
The immune system is an important system in the body: it protects your body from things that can make you sick and it is powered by the nutrients gotten from protein.
Being inconsistent with your meals can be detrimental to your body and can cause you more harm than good. So the next time you think of skipping a meal, remember that you are denying your body the tools it needs to function properly.
So eat well, stay alive, stay healthy and enjoy a high performance from your body!
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