3 reasons to feel worse after eating healthy foods

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27th October, 2020 02:59:19 printer

3 reasons to feel worse after eating healthy foods

There are three reasons to feel worse, gassy, moody and fatigued after eating healthy foods.

Here's why that may be happening:

Sometimes the symptoms that you suffer from when you switch to a healthy diet may be due to some food allergy.

Why does this happen?

Our body relies on enzymes, hormones and numerous other physiological processes to digest, absorb and excrete nutrients from the food we eat. You can support your healthy eating by drinking lots of water and getting proper sleep.

Here are three reasons you are feeling low despite eating healthy:

You have cut down your sugar intake

When we eat sugar, our brain releases dopamine, which is a pleasure-inducing neurotransmitter. If you earlier relied on sugar to boost your mood, removing it from your diet can lead to strong sugar cravings, feeling of sadness and anxiety. You can even experience nausea and fatigue due to the shift in the gut's microbial balance.

What you can do: Instead of completely cutting sugar from your diet, you can slowly reduce the intake and eventually eliminate it from your diet.

You have switched to a plant-based diet

Eating more plant-based foods and lesser animal products might be an excellent decision for your health, but it can lead to some side effects. Switching to a plant-based diet can lead to nutrient deficiencies.

If this is happening with you, you must figure out the nutrients you are losing out on. Vitamin D, iron and vitamin B12 are the most common nutrients people become deficient in when they switch to a plant-based diet.

You are cutting back on carbs

Carbohydrates increase the serotonin release (the happy hormone). When you cut refined grains from the diet, you might experience mood swings including sadness and irritability.

What you can do: Start with smaller changes like swapping white bread for 100 per cent whole grain bread. If you persistently feel awful after going low carb, it can mean you are going too low. In such a case, you must consult a physician.