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Following a zero-carb diet? Ways it can affect your brain and mental health

Published on May 27, 2024 02:24 PM IST
  • Skipping carbohydrates in your diet may seem like a healthy choice, but following a no-carb diet can actually be harmful for your well-being.
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Giving up carbohydrates completely, also known as following a zero-carb or no-carb diet, can have significant effects on the brain and overall health, says Nutritionist Juhi Kapoor in her latest Instagram post. She explains how. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 27, 2024 02:24 PM IST

Giving up carbohydrates completely, also known as following a zero-carb or no-carb diet, can have significant effects on the brain and overall health, says Nutritionist Juhi Kapoor in her latest Instagram post. She explains how. (Shutterstock)

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1. Ketosis and brain function: When the body is deprived of carbohydrates, it enters a metabolic state called ketosis, where it starts to burn fat as a primary fuel source. This process produces ketone bodies, which can be used by the brain as an alternative energy source. However, the brain still requires a certain amount of glucose (from carbohydrates) for optimal function. (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 27, 2024 02:24 PM IST

1. Ketosis and brain function: When the body is deprived of carbohydrates, it enters a metabolic state called ketosis, where it starts to burn fat as a primary fuel source. This process produces ketone bodies, which can be used by the brain as an alternative energy source. However, the brain still requires a certain amount of glucose (from carbohydrates) for optimal function. (Pixabay)

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2. Impairment of cognitive performance: A complete lack of carbohydrates may impair cognitive performance, particularly in tasks that require sustained attention, processing speed, and memory. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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2. Impairment of cognitive performance: A complete lack of carbohydrates may impair cognitive performance, particularly in tasks that require sustained attention, processing speed, and memory. (Shutterstock)

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3. Mood and mental health: A severe restriction of carbohydrates can lead to a decrease in serotonin levels, potentially contributing to mood disturbances, anxiety, and depression. (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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3. Mood and mental health: A severe restriction of carbohydrates can lead to a decrease in serotonin levels, potentially contributing to mood disturbances, anxiety, and depression. (Pixabay)

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4. Energy levels and fatigue: While brain can adapt to using ketones, the transition period can be challenging, and some individuals may experience fatigue, brain fog, and difficulty concentrating. (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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4. Energy levels and fatigue: While brain can adapt to using ketones, the transition period can be challenging, and some individuals may experience fatigue, brain fog, and difficulty concentrating. (Pixabay)

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5. Potential nutrient deficiencies: Carbohydrate-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, are also sources of essential vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Eliminating these foods from the diet can lead to nutrient deficiencies, which can negatively impact brain function and overall health. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 27, 2024 02:24 PM IST

5. Potential nutrient deficiencies: Carbohydrate-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, are also sources of essential vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Eliminating these foods from the diet can lead to nutrient deficiencies, which can negatively impact brain function and overall health. (Unsplash)

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