Most of us consume bread, pasta, doughnuts, croissants and other ‘goodies’ on a daily basis. For many of us who have grown up with a standard American diet (insert whatever country you’re from and it will likely equally apply), we’ve been eating refined carbohydrates from a very young age. Cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and pasta for dinner. Muffins, cereal bars, cakes, bagels and chips throughout the day as snacks. Sound familiar?
Today I want to spend some time speaking on the dark side of refined carbohydrates.
This scenario might be familiar to you: you’re hungry, so you eat toast and jam and feel energized. A few hours later, you crash and can barely get off the couch. This is what dysregulated blood sugar looks like in most of us.
Why does this happen? Refined carbohydrates are one of our main sources of sugar, and experts are now linking the dysregulation of blood sugar—when your blood sugar levels are all over the place—to inflammation of the brain.
If you bang your knee and it becomes swollen and perhaps red, most of us would recognize this as an inflammatory response. But brain inflammation isn’t as obvious.
What does an inflamed brain look like? Brain fog, irritability, chronic headaches, ADHD, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating. When trying to run and scale a business, that may not be on your wish list of symptoms.
And the long-term impacts are even more worrying: Alzheimer’s, a condition affecting 2.6 million people (in America), is starting to be known as type 3 diabetes.
If a high-carbohydrate diet increases inflammation in the body and in the brain, it’s time to reconsider some of our dietary choices.
Current research shows going on a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet not only reduces inflammation but increases chances of weight loss. Although a low-carbohydrate diet may not work well for everyone in terms of establishing long-term health, everyone can benefit from significantly reducing or totally eliminating refined carbohydrates.
If you want to increase your clarity of thinking and find out what giving up refined carbohydrates can do for you try my 10-day No Sugar Challenge here.