HOW LOW IS TOO LOW A CARB DIET?

I learned a very Important lesson when studying the stock market for many years. When everyone in the public sector starts talking about a specific topic, they’re usually wrong. When everyone was talking about the stock market a few years back, I knew it was time to get out. That was when the NASDQ was at 5000!
When everyone jumped on the low-carb bandwagon after just a few initial studies, I was very skeptical, so I kept my eye out for new information to see whether it confirmed or refuted the initial claims. Here is some of what I found.
Rachel Husky, a sixteen-year-old girl, died due to fatally low levels of electrolytes like calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium in her system. Electrolyte depletion is evidence of a state known as ketosis. Ketosis occurs when the body has burned all its available blood sugar and begins consuming itself – vitamins, minerals, and vial fats -which are expelled in the urine. This puts the kidneys under stress and frequency of urination increases, furthering the deadly cycle.
Electrolyte depletion causes an irregular heartbeat, which doctors believe killed the young girl. Also, a diet too low in carbs – a lack of fruit or starchy vegetables – will increase your risk of certain cancers such as colon, stomach, and esophageal cancers. Carbohydrates play two very important roles in the body. One, they help prevent a rapid decline in thyroid hormones, which would otherwise lower your resting metabolic rate. And two, carbs release insulin, an anabolic hormone that supports muscle mass.
Glycogen (stored glucose from carbohydrates) inside your muscle tissue and liver are compromised when your carb intake is too low. And with low stores of glycogen, it’s difficult for your muscles to exert the sustained effort required to do high-intensity exercise.
Further, the kidneys are placed under increased stress on a super low carb diet, and age more rapidly. Some high-protein, low carb diets have resulted in a sharp rise in kidney stones – a condition that can be life threatening, not just uncomfortable.
And now a new concern: some low-carb sweets rely on sugar alcohols, which are slowly digested carbs that have no impact on insulin levels but can, in excess, wreak havoc on the digestive tract.
When in doubt, follow the best possible examples available to us. In my book, Why We eat… and why we keep eating, I share with you the dietary habits of the healthiest people to ever roam the face of the earth. They were the Paleolithic people. They had the lowest body fat ratios of any people. They were amazingly fit and had powerful muscle tone. The men averaged 5’10”, the women 5’6″. Their physiology was the equivalent of elite athletes of today, and they evolved as such through the following regime: All you have to do is divide your plate up as follows: 30% protein (super lean meat, fish, poultry, and low-fat tofu), 40% complex carbs (whole grains, veggies), and 30% fat (from nuts, seeds, avocados and healthy oils such as olive and canola).

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