Garcinia cambogia is one of the newest and most prominent “superfoods” that the health industry is showcasing.
And with good reason!
There are many positive health benefits to taking garcinia cambogia. Many people report that it helps a great deal with weight loss. The product naturally suppresses the appetite and provides certain nutrients to help with digestion as well.
Garcinia cambogia also helps people to maintain endurance during physical exercise. While using it, people can exercise longer, allowing them to burn more calories and lose more weight.
This seems like a perfect match of benefits – appetite suppressant and gym superfood! But wait…
Unfortunately, there is always another side to the story.
Certain reports show that taking too much garcinia cambogia, or using it in the wrong way, may bring on negative side effects. In this article, we will take a look at the 9 side effects that may curb your use of this otherwise amazing fruit.
The Reported Side Effects of Garcinia Cambogia
There are reports that consuming too much garcinia cambogia in too short a time may cause liver damage. This usually comes from people taking in too much concentrated garcinia cambogia.
Pay attention to the recommended dosage of garcinia cambogia that your product lists on the packaging reading material. Do not consume more than is recommended – this does not lead to faster results.
Yes, it can be tempting to go straight to the GC when you feel an urge for cookies. In most cases, this is just a calorie deficiency. Fill the urge with water and raw fruits to kill the sweet tooth at the same time.
Although garcinia cambogia definitely suppresses the appetite, the rest of your body may not be quite ready for that dip in calories.
You cannot expect your body to change its habits so quickly, which is another reason that you do not want to unnaturally suppress your appetite too much in the beginning stages of your garcinia cambogia use.
If you are experiencing fatigue, check your diet and exercise routine. You may be exercising too much and not replenishing your body with the right nutrients.
Yes, garcinia cambogia makes you eat less and exercise more. However, your body still needs other nutrients in order to heal itself and come back tomorrow!
Dizziness or General Weakness
Alongside fatigue can come a general feeling of weakness.
The body can become weak if it goes into ketosis and it is not used to this condition.
Ketosis is generally good for losing weight, because this is the condition in which your body is using fat for energy.
However, you need to give your body time to adjust to this state. Do not forego eating healthy foods even as you drop your total calorie intake.
As stated before, do not overuse garcinia cambogia to supplant your urge to eat cookies, especially if taking an extra dose will put you over your recommended dose for the day.
One of the first things that people cut out of their diets when fasting or dieting is fats. However, many people cut out the healthy fats as well as the unhealthy ones.
You need healthy fats from things like avocado, nuts and fish. Why? These fats are like the oil in your car.
Healthy fats grease the wheels of function in your body. If you are feeling brain fog, it is probably because you are not getting enough energy to your brain – energy that comes to the brain through healthy fats.
Lower Immune System Function
Depending on what you stop eating when your appetite is suppressed on garcinia cambogia, you may be losing out on essential nutrients.
If you lose out on essential nutrients, then your immune system will definitely experience lower overall function. You may also be reducing your calorie intake too much, especially if you are improving in the gym because of the endurance benefits of garcinia cambogia.
If you find yourself getting sick, check your nutrient intake. The foods that you cut out while using garcinia cambogia should be unhealthy ones. Do not cut out vegetables and fruits, especially raw vegetables and fruits.
Bad Breath and Dry Mouth
Dry mouth and bad breath is a symptom of nutrient deficiency. This deficiency may be showing itself because you are losing out on nutrients when you eat less. Believe it or not, a loss of healthy fats can also cause dry mouth and bad breath.
If you experience this symptom, make sure that your doctor knows about it. Bring in a diet and exercise plan when you visit your physician so that they can tell you if you are taking your weight loss program on too fast.
Rashes on the Skin
During weight loss and changes in your exercise routine, your body can begin to experience a detox.
You are eating healthier things, including your garcinia cambogia. The body begins to expel all of the toxins that it was used to, and these toxins cause problems with your skin.
Do not overlook this symptom should you experience it. Go to your doctor and tell him or her that you have undergone significant changes in your diet and exercise routine.
With brain fog comes headaches. Depending on your internal makeup, you may experience headaches along with brain fog. You may experience one or the other – but this generally comes from the same source.
The headaches may start small and become bigger over time, but they are indicative of a problem. You may be cutting out too many fats as you try to lose weight, or your general calorie intake may be too low too fast.
Issues with Digestion Including Diarrhea, Nausea and General Trouble Eating
You may think that this is a good thing, because you are trying to eat less! This is not a good thing! You do not have to give up your general health and well being in order to look great.
Different bodies will respond differently to GC. Take it slow, and if you have any of these symptoms, reduce your dosage. Remember that will power is still necessary even if you are using GC as an appetite suppressant.
Keep This in Mind…
In most cases, there are absolutely no side effects to using garcinia cambogia. In general, the more natural the product, the better the effect.
If you are using products with garcinia cambogia and other unnatural ingredients, then you may be experiencing negative side effects from the combination, not the fruit itself.
It is also possible that you are taking too much garcinia cambogia in your diet. You should not turn to this product as a means to suppress your appetite throughout the entire day. Pay attention to the label warnings.
You should also consult a trusted physician before changing your diet or exercise program significantly.
Keep these above best practices in mind as well as the side effects listed, and take your superfoods in moderation with a balanced diet and exercise program!
Diana Paul is a certified nutritionist who writes for leading health blogs. She is a master herbalist, yoga teacher, forager, and wild-crafting writer She is focused on helping people transform life blocks to opportunities. Based in NYC, she often holds health seminars and lectures.