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Cutting Too Many Carbs May Affect Health

By Tom Herrin

There are all sorts of ways to make changes in diet that may translate to better health.  For some, following some kind of trend can seem like the simplest way.  If it works for others, it may work for them.  While that may sound like a good idea, it does not always work that way.  The notion of a one-size-fits-all diet may not be the desired solution for everyone.  Each person has basic needs that are similar to others but also individualized for them.  Understanding the role of the food they eat may help each person to have a diet that works for them.

Bad Carbs Are Bad for All

Some things never change.  Carbs from sugar are pretty much bad in any kind of excess.  Too many people rely on them for basic nutrition.  They can be found in many of the packaged foods that are readily available for purchase.  While they may seem to be an answer to nutritional needs, they may frequently be a bad option.  Some suggestions are that women should not consume more than 100 calories from carbs from sugar and men should not consume more than 150.

The Old Standards Still Hold True

For many years, mothers told their kids to eat their vegetables.  To this advice, eating fruits and healthy grains can be added to make overall healthy choices.  These carbs are needed to help power the body, that is, to keep it working.  The muscles require carbs to keep them in good condition.  If carbs are in short supply, the muscles may be used as fuel.  This is not a good thing.  When muscles are used up in this way, it can reduce the overall amount of lean muscle in the body.

Stay on Top of Your Own Health

We each have a responsibility to be as informed as possible.  If we are to take good care of our health, we need to understand what all is involved.  Eating the right foods and knowing how they work for the body is a big part of this.  I try to stay on top of my own health needs.  We can each do the same, but we must understand what it takes and what we need individually.  We can all do it and do it well.  The bottom line is the more informed we are, the better.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Corpus Christi, Tex.

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