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Do You Need to Eat More Carbohydrates?

By Sara Butler

It's no secret that many people shy away from carbohydrates in their diets. There are a variety of reasons for this and while some people may have success with this strategy in the short term, it may not be the healthiest option in the long term. That's because your body needs carbohydrates for very important functions, such as the proper function of the brain. If you don't get enough, then your body definitely sends signals to let you know it. Here are some of the signs that your body isn't getting the carbohydrates it needs to be healthy.

The Importance of Carbs

Your body needs carbohydrates as a source of fuel. They've been vilified over the years but it's important to remember that foods aren't good or bad -- they're fuel your body needs to function.

Eating carbohydrates provide your body with glycogen, which is stored in the liver and muscles for later use. Each day, 45 to 65 percent of your caloric intake should be from carbohydrates, which includes whole grains and fruit.

Signs You Don't Eat Enough Carbs

If you're not giving your body what it needs, it's going to protest. That means that you may notice some of these side effects:

  • Fatigue - The most obvious way to tell that you're not giving your body the fuel it needs is that you're simply tired, mentally and physically. You may feel sleepy and a little sluggish as well as have trouble thinking.
  • Mood swings - Changes in mood are also common when you don't eat enough carbs. Serotonin production, which is a hormone that helps to balance your mood, is reduced when you don't eat enough carbs.
  • Bad performance - If you're having trouble making it through your workout, then your lack of carbs may be to blame. Remember, they're a major source of fuel for your body. If you don't get enough fuel, then your body simply won't perform as it should.
  • Digestion distress - Carbohydrates contain one important thing your body needs: fiber. Not getting enough carbs likely means you're also not getting enough fiber and that can lead to problems with the digestive system that leave you feel distressed.

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet. Talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic for tips on eating healthy if you are looking to change your eating habits for the better.

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

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