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Should You Be Eating More Carbohydrates?

By Sara Butler

Carbohydrates have had a tough time the last couple of decades. Somewhere along the way, the idea that carbs are bad for you began to take hold and they’ve had a hard time recovering since. The reality is that carbohydrates are a necessary and important part of your diet. The trick is to know which kind of carbohydrates you should be eating and those you should not. Here are some tips to get the right kind of carbs in your diet and some signs that you may not be getting enough of them.

The Good and the Bad

When people talk about good carbs versus bad carbs, what they really mean is the battle between whole grains and sugar. Highly refined carbs that are made from refined flours and sugars are not good for maintaining steady blood sugar levels and they don’t help you to maintain a healthy weight, either. Complex carbs that come from vegetables and whole grains are good for you. In fact, you need about 225 grams of carbohydrates per day to keep your body and your brain fueled the right way. If you don’t, then you probably won’t feel very good.

Instead of keeping track of each gram of carbs you eat, simply be on the lookout for signs that you aren’t getting enough of the good stuff.


Headaches happen, but if you’re not getting enough high-quality carbohydrates, then they may happen more often -- as in every single day. The reason behind this is that eating quality carbs is a good way to keep your blood sugar levels steady. If you aren’t eating enough, then headaches can occur as a result of your blood sugar.

One way to ensure you’re getting enough is to have fresh fruit such as pears and apples on hand or carrots to help you fill up and fuel your body.

You’re Cold All the Time

Not eating enough carbs can impact your thyroid function and that can make you feel cold all the time since your thyroid helps to regulate your body temperature. If you’re grabbing a sweater in the middle of warm day, then don’t ignore it. Instead, reach for high-quality carbs in your diet and you should even out.

Your Dragging During Workouts

Carbohydrates provide energy for your body, so when your body is low on its carbohydrates stores, then it can make it more difficult to sustain energy during an intense workout. Make sure you’re getting enough carbs before and after your workout and replenish your lost energy stores so you can hit the gym again later.

Your body needs carbohydrates to function optimally, so don't deprive it of what it really needs! 

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

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