Affects prolonged fasting to daily activities
MEXICO CITY (Notimex) .- Fasting is for the body, just like leaving a car without gas. Our brain is the command center, and developing your work requires fuel because it works with glucose (blood sugar) that is obtained primarily from the first food of the day.
Stopping eating for more than six hours when awake can be considered a fast, and this can happen at any time of the day, although it is more identified with the omission of breakfast.
Performing any function or action of our body requires energy, therefore, voluntarily refraining from eating food, whether by rushing to work or school, wanting to lose weight, religious issues or any other reason, prevents that can be obtained.
Women and men may have gastritis, dizziness, fatigue, lack of concentration, overweight and even diabetes, because they have fasted constantly for a long time.
By skipping breakfast, the body begins to consume the glucose the brain needs, and if this practice is constant, there may be irreversible neuronal damage.
The first thing that happens is that it decreases the ability to concentrate and memorize, both in children and in adults. "In children there may be a difficulty in cognitive processes, such as learning, memorizing some issues, then we have children who can go to school without breakfast and have problems at school," said the nutritionist at the Juárez Hospital in Mexico, in Salvador. Ortiz Gutiérrez.
With the elderly, there may be difficulties in carrying out very specific operations, for example driving a car, showing a significant impact of not having breakfast and the lack of glucose that the brain requires to function properly, he added.
Going to work or school, lack of appetite (especially in the morning) and the desire to lose weight are the most common reasons why some people skip breakfast or any other strong meal, putting their health at risk.
Another risk is the appearance of gastritis because, when it does not receive food, gastric acid constantly irritates the stomach.
Weight gain, he explained, is mainly caused by a lack of satiety control because the hungry organism consumes all it can when given the opportunity to eat after a prolonged fast.
"What hurts is to eat excessively after this period of fasting, that the loss of satiety control, because instead of eating, because you know the quantity and type of nutrients adequate, simply eat to remove the appetite without taking responsibility for the amount of sugars, fats and calories that are being ingested, "said Salvador Zubirán, a specialist at the National Institute of Medical and Nutrition Sciences.
Meanwhile, Simón Barquera, director of the Center for Nutrition Research and Health at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), said that what was seen in the past is a change in lifestyle.
"There are certain behaviors in the population that do not help to have a healthy lifestyle and one of them is being sedentary and having little time to eat, and when there is little time to eat they choose something fast and rich in calories, it's good for your health, "he said.
Experts emphasized the need to have regular food intake schedules, but most of all to choose natural foods and avoid overprocessed and packaged products as they contain large amounts of sugar and sodium that can lead to diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as overweight