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Negatives Side Effects of Eating Carbs

Posted by Team Connections on Aug 23, 2018 12:27:54 PM

Eating Carbs affect your health

There are many reasons why we crave and indulge in carbohydrates. Besides our evolution to “seek out” sweet foods, we are now living in a hyper-stimulatory, obesogenic environment. 

But there are a multitude of biochemical reasons for carbohydrate consumption. Did you know that serotonin synthesis occurs in the brain once carbohydrates are consumed? Serotonin helps us to feel good and common antidepressants exploit this system as well. Therein lies the colloquialism of eating ice cream to get over a tough break up.

Besides the serotonin element, carbohydrates provide us with “quick” energy spike which continues to aid in the addiction. 

We’re not saying all carbs are bad, in fact plant-based whole carb in fruits and vegetables have vital nutrients. It’s all about food quality.
 
If the majority of carbohydrates we’re consuming are processed foods (low in quality, no nutrients, and no vitamins), it may be darn near impossible to stick to moderate amounts of carbohydrates. Because, again, these foods are designed to addict and promote over consumption via various reward pathways in the brain.
 
What happens when you eat?
 
Your body breaks down everything you eat and absorbs the food in its different parts. These parts include:
 
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• carbohydrates
• proteins
• fats
• vitamins and other nutrients
 
The carbohydrates you consume turn into blood sugar. The more carbohydrates you eat, the higher the levels of sugar you will have released as you digest and absorb your food. This is why you want to keep carbs low, essentially keeping your blood sugar levels low.

Here are symptoms (signs from your body) when your blood sugar levels are becoming too high:
  • Headache and other aches and pains
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased thirst or hunger
  • Feeling drowsy or tired
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Bloating and digestive issues
  • Frequent urination
  • Slower wound healing
  • Skin issues
  • Hormone imbalance

Long-term complications

Over time, the body's organs and systems can be harmed by high blood sugar. Blood vessels become damaged, and this can lead to complications, including:

  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Damage to the eye and loss of vision
  • Kidney disease or failure
  • Nerve problems in the skin, especially the feet, leading to sores, infections, and wound healing problems
 
Knowing blood sugar levels
 
There is no way to know what effect certain foods have unless you test your blood sugar. If you're following a low carb or ketogenic diet, certain foods can take you out of ketosis and delay your results. Blood glucose meters are used to test blood sugar levels so you can see if your levels are within the target range, allowing you to better understand your body. You can also work with your doctor to know when to test and what is the best range.

Reducing carbohydrates to low levels, for instance following a keto diet, causes the body to consume fat for fuel, and will help you burn fat among many other health benefits. The key is to keep your sugar levels low.

Topics: Keto, Heatlh & Wellness

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