The Carb Crash, Food Sensitivities & Insulin Levels

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

The carb crash.

If you know, you know. The grogginess after a meal, the need for an extra cup of coffee after lunch, feeling like you need a long nap right in the middle of your workday afternoon.

These are all signs of possible carbohydrate sensitivity.

If this is you, I get it, the struggle is real. You probably never really feel full. Eating carbs initially makes you feel better, but then you end up feeling worse and aren’t satisfied.

Not only that, but carbohydrate sensitive people tend to have higher insulin levels, which can lead to a blood sugar spike after a carb heavy meal…leading to an even bigger crash.

Eventually, these out-of-whack insulin levels could even lead to more serious issues than feeling tired after a meal, like diabetes.

What’s really going on in your body?

When you have a sensitivity to carbohydrates, the connection between carbohydrates, insulin and serotonin within your body malfunctions.

In order to set things right, you have to stick to a diet that manages the delivery of sugars in food, which can help stop the cycle of excess insulin production and, over time, improve insulin sensitivity in your body.

But first, are you actually sensitive to carbs? Here’s how you can check for food sensitivities.

There’s a few ways to get to the bottom of food sensitivities, and if you’re like me, you’ll want to try them all.

Check your genes. There are certain genes that have been associated with carbohydrate sensitivity, so if you find out that your DNA puts you at an above average risk, you’ll be one step closer to getting to the bottom of things. The SelfDecode Food Sensitivity Report provides risk scores for carbohydrate sensitivity, plus 7 other dietary sensitivity groups.

Order a food sensitivity home test kit. While an IgG food sensitivity test can’t check for carbohydrate sensitivity, there are a lot of different food types that could cause similar symptoms, so this test can be extremely helpful with figuring out whether carbs are actually at the bottom of your issues.

Finally, try an elimination diet. Once you have an idea of what food may be the source of your issues, you can try eliminating it from your diet.

Looking at your genes and testing for food sensitivities is the quickest and easiest way to get to the bottom of your issues, because once you have the results from your DNA report and food sensitivity test, you’ll be able to know exactly what diet you should be sticking to.

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen flipped the script on conventional and alternative medicine…and it worked. Growing up, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and other issues that were poorly understood in traditional healthcare. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a learning journey to decode his DNA and track his biomarkers in search of better health. Through this personalized approach, he discovered his genetic weaknesses and was able to optimize his health 10X better than he ever thought was possible. Based on his own health success, he went on to found SelfDecode, the world’s first direct-to-consumer DNA analyzer & precision health tool that utilizes AI-driven polygenic risk scoring to produce accurate insights and health recommendations. Today, SelfDecode has helped over 100,000 people understand how to get healthier using their DNA and labs.
Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, with a mission of empowering people to take advantage of the precision health revolution and uncover insights from their DNA and biomarkers so that we can all feel great all of the time.


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