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Why do I feel sick after eating healthy?

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Rajalakshmi Suhan

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Healthy foods are required for the proper functioning of our body. They provide us with immunity and in turn, keeps us healthy. But in some cases, people tend to feel sick after a healthy diet. Yes, it does, and below we have discussed a few reasons for this:

1. Food withdrawal syndrome: When a person follows the same type of diet for a long time, the person becomes accustomed to that particular diet only. For example, a person consuming only processed food throughout their life, when suddenly switches to a healthy diet, he/she may experience the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Headaches
  • Stomach upsets

These happen when a person fills their appetite with the maximum amount of sugary type of food and also caffeine. These types of foods are absorbed very rapidly in our bloodstream that we can feel their effect almost simultaneously. Healthy foods, on the other hand, require a longer time to get consumed in the blood, so their result is not instantaneously. As a lack of this immediate boost, the concerned person feels lethargic and drowsy.  But eventually, as the functional components get absorbed in the bloodstream, the person receives the necessary increase of energy and again feels healthy.

2. Dopamine Dosage: Fast foods are loaded with excess sugar and salt, and they trigger the secretion of neurotransmitter Dopamine, which gives us the feeling of happiness, and that’s the reason we feel great eating such foods. Sudden withdrawing of those foods causes the same withdrawal syndrome, and the person feels the same symptoms of nausea, vomiting, headaches, etc. 

3. Bacterial Bloating: Sugary rich food substances feed some bacteria, while healthy foods feed another specific type of bacterias. As a result of this, on changing diet from sugary to healthy, those bacterias feed on the healthy food items, and the concerned person suffers from bloating and gas syndromes.

4. Ketosis: When a person suddenly transforms his/her diet at extreme levels by restricting either the carbohydrates content or both carbohydrates and calories, ketosis takes place. Under normal conditions, the carbs are metabolized into glycogen, and then this glycogen is changed into sugars, known as ketones. People who are not accustomed to this process might feel certain negative syndromes like- mental fog, sodium shortage, upset stomachs, nausea, and overall discomfort. This condition is referred to as Ketone Flu.

Thus we see that sudden changing of diet can lead to imbalances in our body- triggering negative impacts. But it soon fades away eventually. 

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