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Giving up Carbs Completely Is Not an Answer

By Tom Herrin

When trying to improve health, it seems that there are plenty of things to give up that may help.  Some are obvious things that everyone knows are bad such as tobacco, alcohol, etc.  When it comes to foods that should be left off the menu, there are a variety of things that seem to make their way to the list.  It is seldom that people choose to leave off proteins, but many make a decision to cut either fats or carbs.  They both have value, and they both have things that can be improved by reducing their presence in a diet.  It seems that the current trend targets the carbs.

Avoidance of Some May Be the Key

Cutting carbs out of the diet may not be necessary, but watching what kind and how much can do a lot.  When it comes to foods that are packaged as ready-to-eat, many of them have lots of carbs from sugar.  In order to maintain better health, it has been suggested that women keep their intake of carbs from these to 100 calories per day for women and 150 for men.  It does not require major changes but simply a little more awareness and self-discipline.

The Good Carbs Are Still Good

Some things never change.  One of these is the fact that there are plenty of natural foods that can provide good carbs that the body needs to work well.  These good carbs are necessary for the muscles to work well and have the fuel they need.  These simple foods are fruits, vegetables, and healthy grains.  When people don't have a good supply of these good carbs, their body may begin to use muscle as food.  This can deplete the amount of lean muscle in the body.  This is what happens in cases of starvation.  It is never healthy.

Take Charge

If we want to make good changes to our routine to improve health, improving our diet can be a good place to start.  I believe in reading labels in order to educate myself more effectively.  I know that if I am going to make good decisions about my diet, I need to read labels so that I can stay on top of what I am actually consuming.  It is the easiest way to plan.  When we know what we need to take in, we can manage our overall health more successfully.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Redlands, Calif.

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