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How to Deal With Carbs Is Important

By Tom Herrin

There are plenty of things in a diet that can be adjusted in order to change health.  It is widely known that people need to take in some kind of balance of those primary macronutrients.  Those are, of course, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.  Having the right kind of balance for each of these is critical in having a diet that can do the most for the individual.  Many people have gone for diets that focus on cutting carbs in an effort to change the way the body uses food.  It may work for some, but the body really needs some of each of these to perform at its best.

Some Carbs Are Best Left Alone

All carbs are not created the same.  When carbs are from sugars, they are considered relatively unhealthy.  A large amount of prepackaged foods contain large amounts of sugars.  These may temporarily curb hunger, but the long-term effects are not so good for health.  It has been recommended that women limit their intake of carbs from sugar to 100 calories per day and that men limit theirs to 150.  For those who are conscientious about their food and read labels, they may do a lot for themselves by simply exercising a little self-discipline.

Including Good Carbs Can Support Health

Some carbs are necessary for the body to function properly.  Those from fruits, vegetables, and good grains can help to fuel the body properly.  If there is not a sufficient supply of carbs, the muscles will begin to be used for fuel.  This can reduce the overall lean muscle mass.  It can quickly become an unhealthy situation.  When people cut carbs, it is best to be certain that they cut the right ones and continue to include these healthy ones.

Be Educated About Nutrition

Each of us needs to become as educated as possible about our own health.  Understanding our own requirements is important.  Attaining a good balance in our diet is what fuels our body the most efficiently.  I do what I can to be aware of what I need.  Our eating should be focused on our efforts to build a healthy body.  The old saying that it is better to eat to live than to live to eat is a simple one to follow.  If we will read labels and make good decisions, we can expect to experience quality health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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