Better Breath, Better Mood: Reasons To Keep Eating Carbs

March 7, 2016  |  
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Is it just me? Or is just about everyone on a low-carb diet (including me…seven or eight cheat days ago) these days? Well, according to new research, it might be time for all of us to slow down when it comes to distancing ourselves from carbs. And that could be a good thing. Low-carb diets may help you lose weight quickly, but they also come with a lot of consequences. Some big, some small.

From bad breath to serious irritability, we’ve got a few reasons why you might want to skip out on your next low-carb diet plan, and that includes possible halitosis, which is not the best look when it comes to making a good first impression on a first date. But if you feel like you just have to ditch the bread to get into those skinny jeans, we’ve got a few fixes to help you along in the meantime.

Breath

Yuck Mouth

It’s not just your imagination. Low-carb diets are notorious for giving you bad breath. And gum does have some carbs. Need an alternative solution in a pinch? Try natural ways to save your breath, including drinking a lot of water and chewing on a lemon.

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Panic Attacks

Jumping on or off of a low-carb diet can send you into an emotional tailspin. It’s just the reaction some bodies have to big changes in blood sugar.

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Nausea

It happens to a lot of people on a low-carb diet — and there’s not really a cure for this one.

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Cotton Mouth

If just reading this makes you want to grab a glass of water, your low-carb diet might be to blame. You can compensate by focusing drinking a lot of water, maybe even a gallon a day like Gabrielle Union — but only if you’re cool with constantly needing to run to the bathroom.

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Dizziness

You’ve lost five pounds, but when you stand up, the room spins. It’s not necessarily time to see a doctor, as low-carb diets can make you dizzy. But if you need a quick solution, supplements like potassium and magnesium can make things better. However, you may still struggle with the occasional woozy feeling when you lose weight taking this route.

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Serious Fatigue

Low-carb means low blood sugar. And if you need energy to get you past the noon slump, this diet will leave you out of luck. But in a pinch, a sugar-free energy drink can lift you out of a slump.

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It Sucks

Your friends are tired of you nitpicking about restaurant menus, and you dream about cupcakes at night. You might be better off switching to another diet that doesn’t ruin your day.

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Irritability

Low blood sugar makes folks notoriously snappy. And keeping your blood sugar low on this diet could mean a continual funk that might put a dent in your relationships.

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Headaches

If you’ve started keeping aspirin in your purse, it might be the diet’s fault. For some people, adding a little more salt to their diet makes some of these symptoms better. But for others, the only way out is to increase the carbs.

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Constipation

And the bloating that comes with it. If you’ve already formed an unfortunate pooch, try adding these foods to your diet. And hydrate that body!

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Big Sugar Backslides

Did you know that low blood sugar makes you much more prone to cheat? And when those sugar cravings hit, they’re designed to push you to binge. If you’ve been yo-yo-ing your way through, it might be time to switch to a more balanced diet plan (a.k.a., not so drastic for your tastes) with more consistent results.

Cramps

Muscle Cramps

Anyone who’s ever had a few of these knows that living with frequent ones is no picnic. Slow-release magnesium tablets can help with such a problem, but they’re only a short-term solution.

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Insomnia

Your diet is sometimes the reason you can’t get to sleep. And it’s not just all of those sugar-free energy drinks. Low-carb diets rob you of the serotonin you need to rest. And a few grams of carbs before bedtime is the only solution.

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Kidney Stress

The ketones you produce during a low-carb diet seriously stress out your kidneys. If you have had pre-existing trouble with them, it might be time to ask your doctor if your diet could be doing permanent damage to your health.

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