People often complain about a combination of symptoms including unexpected weight gain, unexplained fatigue and low energy levels, which is not a clear indicator of some health problem. However, expert doctors know what to look for when their patients complain of these symptoms and start conducting test and analysis to determine the root cause of the problem. Often the tests reveal blood sugar levels in pre-diabetic range which can explain these symptoms.
Elevated blood sugar levels are often a result of high consumption of white flour, refined sugars and grains and similar unhealthy ingredients. If your diet doesn’t include these items, the problem lies somewhere else and it may surprise you.
Your symptoms may be a result of the “healthy carbs” you’re consuming, or whole grains like quinoa, oatmeal, brown rice, high-glycemic fruits such as mango, watermelon, and pineapple, and starchy foods such as beans and sweet potatoes. Even though these foods are highly beneficial for most people, you may be one of those who can’t tolerate the high levels of sugar they contain. If this is the case eliminating these foods can significantly improve your overall health, provide you with energy and even help you lose weight. This condition is actually quite common, it’s called carbohydrate intolerance and many people don’t even know they have it.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of carbohydrate intolerance and if you experience some of them you’re probably suffering from this condition:
- Excess body weight
- Anxiety, depression
- Fatigue, especially noticeable after a meal rich in carbs
- Brain fog
- uncontrolled appetite
- Muscles aches
- Food cravings, for starchy or sweet food, like pasta, bread, beans, potatoes
- Joint pain
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Skin issues
- Elevated blood sugar levels, in the upper ranges of “normal” or beyond
- Hormonal issues
- Sleeping disorders
If suspect that you’re carbohydrate intolerant you should try to avoid foods like legumes, grains, fruit and starchy vegetables for about two weeks. If you notice improvement during this period it’s a confirmation of your carbs intolerance. If not maybe the problem lies somewhere else.
If you determine that you’re not carbohydrate intolerant you can continue with your normal diet without any restrictions and conduct some more test to determine the problem. If you are than you need to be careful not to more than 2-3 portions of complex carbs or 2-3 low-glycemic fruits (citrus fruits, apples, fresh berries) a week if you want to improve your overall health.