1) What are your thoughts about the study/findings?

I think people should consider eating a healthy breakfast after a long night of voluntary fasting.

2) Why is skipping breakfast so bad for cognitive function?

It is because the brain depends on glucose and other nutrients to function more effectively. Skipping breakfast means denying your brain blood sugar after a long night without food, which possibly affects your mental health. It makes the brain go into a state of excitement, thus reducing your attention and causing slow response.

3) Why are “evenly distributed” meals better?

In my opinion, I think it is better because the body can consistently maintain its blood sugar levels for effective working of the brain and other parts. It also helps the stomach to digest food adequately for proper absorption. Moreover, if practiced frequently, even distribution of meals can limit overeating, thus preventing the risk of indigestion and weight gain.

4) Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Of course, yes. I always emphasize on making healthy food choices for breakfast. For example, choose whole and unprocessed foods, combining lean proteins, grains, and fruits or vegetables. You should also be timely to give enough time for digestion before the next meal, between 3 and 4 hours.

Julia Davis

Mental health expert
MS, University of Latvia

I am deeply convinced that each patient needs a unique, individual approach. Therefore, I use different psychotherapy methods in my work. During my studies, I discovered an in-depth interest in people as a whole and the belief in the inseparability of mind and body, and the importance of emotional health in physical health. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (a big fan of thrillers) and going on hikes.

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