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Do you often skip breakfast? Maybe it’s because you’re running late. Perhaps you’re not that hungry when you wake up. Or maybe you think no breakfast will help you lose weight. Whatever your reason, it’s not a good idea to start your day without a meal.

You’ve likely heard many people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here are five reasons that support that statement.

1. Breakfast is a good source of key vitamins and minerals.

If you eat breakfast every morning, you’re likely adding valuable vitamins and minerals to your daily diet.

A nutritious breakfast, such as a whole-grain English muffin with peanut butter or a veggie omelet, offers you a sizable amount of protein and relatively few calories from fat. You’re also incorporating important nutrients such as A and B vitamins.

2. A good breakfast helps curb your hunger the rest of the day

Skipping breakfast may cause you to feel famished throughout the day, leading you to snack on unhealthy food or to eat bigger lunches and dinners.

A healthy breakfast does not require a lot of time or energy. Even if you’re on the go and don’t have time in the morning, grabbing something as simple as a piece of fruit, hard-boiled eggs or even some Greek yogurt can satiate your hunger until lunchtime.

3. Your body needs that early boost of energy

Some people choose to skip breakfast because they’re on a diet and wish to cut calories. This is counterproductive because your body craves energy. If you’re not fueling your body, it will begin to look for energy in the form of glycogen, which comes from your lean muscle fiber.

In the morning, you’re waking up from a long sleep, which means your body has been at rest. It doesn’t have much energy and very little fuel left from the day before. Breakfast will give you the fuel or energy you need for the day ahead, whether you go straight to work or work out before your day starts.

4. Skipping breakfast increases your risk of heart disease

Eliminating breakfast from your morning routine can increase your risk for heart disease and high blood pressure. One reason is because you’re more likely to eat foods heavy in saturated fats and carbohydrates for lunch and dinner to overcompensate.

In fact, a study published in the journal Circulation reports that men who skipped breakfast had almost a 30 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease than men who didn’t skip breakfast.

5. Missing breakfast slows your metabolism

Breakfast is a great way to get your metabolism going, which can encourage your body to burn more calories during the day. If you avoid breakfast, your body launches into protection mode, and begins to store as many calories as possible.

If you’re on a diet, watch your portion size in the morning. You may even want to consider eating smaller meals throughout the day, beginning with breakfast. Research has shown that eating frequent small meals helps keep your cholesterol levels lower and is better for metabolic stability.

Eating breakfast every morning will kick-start your day in the right direction. But choose healthy foods that you enjoy — if you don’t like what you’re eating, you may not stick with it.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/01/want-to-lose-weight-boost-energy-5-reasons-to-eat-breakfast/

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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