How the favored weekend meal can do your body good.
This article originally appeared on MIMI.
There is much to be said about brunch. Some think it's an annoying affect of gentrification and impracticality. In fact, the New York Times penned an article aptly titled, "Brunch is For Jerks," where the author outlined its pitfalls.
However, there are certainly upsides. Many, many people (myself included) can get behind brunch for the sheer fact that it's an opportunity to sleep in, catch up with friends, and take part in the ever-rare opportunity to order breakfast foods, lunch fare, and booze during the same meal. See what I mean? Upsides.
But, perhaps the most favorable aspects of brunching to your heart's desire are the beauty benefits. I spoke with a slew of doctors, nutritionists, and dermatologists to find out exactly how this magical meal can be good for both your insides and your outsides.
You Can Sleep In
Interrupted sleep during the week (like constantly hitting the snooze button) disrupts your hormones which may lead to overeating and carbohydrate cravings throughout the day. Registered dietician Sharon Richter advises, "Balance out by giving yourself some time to sleep in on the weekends. Sleep is very important in keeping metabolism up, energy up, and a hormonal balance." Sow the benefits of sleeping in with an overnight treatment like Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask ($33; clinique.com).
Your Meal is Balanced for You
Brunch food is generally more balanced in that it contains carbs, fruits, and protein (if you're anything like me, a quick bagel or croissant is all you have time for during the week). Additionally, Richter explains, "You make better choices because you're not feeling like you're on a time crunch. Brunch allows you to take time to enjoy your meal, which helps with digestion. To ensure you are always having a well-rounded meal, take a Healthy Delights Multi-Vitamin Soft Chew ($11.99, walgreens.com). It's tasty and gives you 16 essential vitamins and minerals!"
It Forces You to Leave Your Apartment
A sensible amount of sun reduces your risk of several cancers and other serious health conditions, says science. And to get to brunch you have to go outside. Professor Michael Holick, of Boston University School of Medicine and author of The UV Advantage, explains, "It is essential for absorbing calcium, keeping our bones healthy, and for protecting against serious chronic diseases later in life such as osteoporosis, Type II diabetes, multiple sclerosis and many common cancers."
Milk and Water are Always Involved
Sipping a latte is both relaxing and allows for a dose of calcium. Remember to ask for water as well throughout the meal. Nephrologist Steven Guest, MD explains, "Alcohol interferes with the brain and kidney communication and causes excess excretion of fluids which can then lead to dehydration," Because you're most likely hungover at brunch, water (and a lot of it) is necessary. Plus, it plumps your skin and adds a youthful-looking glow.
Hanging With Your Friends is Good for You
Richter says, "Talking and hanging with a group of friends raises your feel-good hormone levels (oxytocin) and reduces stress, which has shown to be the cause of a lot of beauty woes (acne, hair thinning, under eye bags).
You Can Indulge Without Overdoing It
The greatest thing about brunch with friends is that you can share dishes. That means, you can order that extra side of bacon or a short stack of pancakes, but you won't have to polish them off yourself. Richter adds, "You can indulge without having to worry about wasting food or tipping the scale."