By Dr. Clara Barnett
Cortisol is a stress hormone that naturally peaks in the morning and plays a role in regulating blood sugar. What we eat for breakfast can impact the way our bodies respond to cortisol. By regulating cortisol, we can help our bodies maintain sustained energy, optimize metabolism and support proper immune function.
You can establish an optimal balance in the morning by consuming an adequate amount of PROTEIN. By contrast, a sugary breakfast alone can work against cortisol’s natural rhythm.
Here are three ways in which you can easily incorporate protein into your breakfast:
Eggs: Whether hard or soft boiled, scrambled or in a small omelette with veggies, eggs are a good source of protein and a whole host of nutrients. Eaten a few times a week, eggs provide solid nutrition. Add fiber with a piece of sprouted grain bread.
Yogurt or Kefir: These cultured foods are high in probiotics which help maintain a healthy microbiome in your gut. Whether mixed in with your whole grain cereal, oatmeal or blended in a smoothie, yogurt and kefir are high in protein and immune-boosting cultures. Add a few pieces of your favorite fruit.
Protein powder: There are many sources of protein powder be it whey, pea, rice or soy. Protein powders can be blended into smoothies or mixed in with cereal and other grains. Add some organic berries and a banana to create a nutritional powerhouse “to-go” breakfast.
Dr. Clara Barnett has nearly 20 years experience of science based natural medicine. She has been featured on King 5 News and is a health speaker, writer and researcher.