From Dr. Mercola:
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Many people have asked me what I eat for breakfast. My morning meal has evolved over the years as I have increased my understanding of what types of foods will keep me optimally healthy, and what pattern of eating works best as well.
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This foundation of my breakfast is coconut oil, a food that supplies ketones to fuel your mitochondria Avocado adds additional healthy fats and flaxseeds contribute plant-based omega-3s and lignans My morning meal also contains raw cacao nibs, chia seeds, psyllium, cinnamon, and more, each with a unique nutritional contribution
Your body probably only needs two meals a day to stay healthy. Personally, I start my day out with a nutrient-dense breakfast and then eat lunch later, finishing up my meal by 3 or 4 p.m.
This gives me about 16 hours of fasting before preparing my breakfast at 7 or 8 a.m. The breakfast I currently enjoy is designed to improve the health of your mitochondria, the main power generators in your cells.
2 ounces organic coconut oil 1 whole avocado 2 tablespoons organic whole flaxseeds 1 tablespoon organic raw cacao nibs 1 ounce chia seeds 2 ounces organic whole husk psyllium 2 ounces organic black sesame seeds 1 teaspoon D-Ribose 1 to 2 scoops organic vegan protein powder, chocolate flavor 12 ounces filtered water 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional) ½ teaspoon Acetyl L-Carnitine (optional, recommended if you’re vegetarian or vegan)
Grind the flaxseeds and cacao nibs in a coffee grinder. Combine the ground flaxseeds, cacao nibs, and all other ingredients in a bowl. Use a hand mixer to blend thoroughly. Consume right away. A Power Breakfast for Your Mitochondria
About 95 percent of the energy your body uses is created by your mitochondria that metabolizes food through a complex series of electron transport chain that ultimately transfer the energy to ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
If you consume more calories than your body can immediately use, there will be an excess of free electrons, which back up inside your mitochondria. These electrons are highly reactive, and they start to leak out of the electron transport chain in the mitochondria. These excess electrons wind up prematurely killing the mitochondria, and then wreak further havoc by damaging your cell membranes and contributing to DNA mutations.
There are many knowledgeable experts who believe mitochondrial dysfunction is one of the keys to accelerated aging and the development of diseases like cancer.
Fasting is one method to strengthen the mitochondria network systems throughout your body, which is why I recommend stopping eating at least three hours (and ideally five or six hours) before you go to bed (which will then give you a sizeable fasting period while you sleep).
Another method to strengthen your mitochondria is to supply a regular flow of ketones, as they’re a magnificent fuel to up-regulate