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4 foods and beverages that will keep you alert and focused

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Each morning,  the alarm goes off,  and another battle in the never-ending war against drowsiness begins. For Americans, their main defense against a foggy mind is caffeine, with as much as 85 percent of the adult population drinking at least one caffeinated beverage each day.  But you’ll be relieved to learn there are other foods and beverages besides coffee (and caffeinated energy drinks) that can help us feel alert.

Staying alert is not simply a proverbial “state of mind”— it’s literal one.  The physiological reactions happening in your brain determine your ability to focus and stay awake. Normally, when the brain is active, it burns energy transported by the neurotransmitter called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The constant degradation of ATP produces just plain adenosine, and when enough adenosine accumulates, it triggers the need to sleep and renew your energy source. The caffeine is affective at keeping us awake because it actually binds to and blocks the brain’s adenosine receptors, delaying the feeling of drowsiness.

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The 5 biggest breakfast myths

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The first meal of the day can have a very different meaning for different people. For some, it’s grabbing a granola bar to nibble on during the morning commute; for others, it includes a big omelet with a cup of coffee at home.
Then there are the millions who forego grub in the a.m. altogether.
But how do these morning behaviors really affect weight loss, energy levels and appetite throughout the day? In order to help you crack the breakfast code, we tracked down the latest research, in addition to insights from Katherine Zeratsky, a nutrition instructor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Do Your Heart a Favor: Don’t Skip Breakfast

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For many people, breakfast is the meal that can be skipped. Working professionals are almost always in a hurry, and generally a cup of coffee on the run suffices.

But doctors say this is the most important meal of the day, and skipping it can have unhealthy consequences.

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