Hypoglycemia or Low Blood Sugar
Hypoglycemia is a condition that comes from low blood sugar or glucose. Behavioral outbursts, anxiety, and lack of ability to think clearly can be the result of the brain being starved of its energy supply.
When it has been too long since our last meal or snack, our blood sugar drops and our brain cannot function properly. If we eat too many sugars and refined carbohydrates, our body responds by releasing large amounts of the hormone insulin to counteract the effects of all of the sugar. This is especially hard on the liver and can cause it to become congested, creating further physical and behavioral problems.
Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar can trigger many unhealthy reactions in our bodies. Excess insulin secretion can contribute to many severe disorders including allergies, asthma, alcoholism, cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and more. Parasites and leaky gut can contribute to hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This is just one more reason to eradicate any parasites and heal the gut.
Hypoglycemia causes stress on the body, which reacts by triggering the adrenal gland to release the stress hormone cortisol. As cortisol levels rise, stress is registered in the brain. Insomnia can be associated with this at night, as your body begins to have more trouble going longer periods of time without food to keep the blood sugar balanced.
One supplement that helps balance cortisol regulation is Seriphos by Interplexus available at www.pureformulas.com. The way to restore blood sugar balance is to eat. The best choice would be a healthy snack or meal that includes protein and plant-based carbohydrates. Complex, or plant-based, carbohydrates such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruit do not affect your body in the same way as refined carbohydrates such as sugar, pasta, cookies, and crackers. With this said, remember that all grains are carbohydrates which means they break down in your body to become sugars. Wheat breaks down into sugar faster than other grains, and it is highly inflammatory. Inflammation is at the core cause of almost every disease. Also, too much fruit can give the same response as sugar.
Some symptoms associated with low blood sugar are:
- Irritability and anger
- Trouble sleeping and nightmares
- low cognitive function, confusion and inability to focus
- Digestive disturbance
- Visual issues
Eating before you get really hungry is the key to keeping blood sugar in balance. One idea is to carry almonds with you, so that you always have a healthy protein with fat source available.
Supplements to help balance blood sugar:
- omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA
- COQ10 or ubiquinol
- alpha lipoic acid
- chromium picolinate
- gamma linolenic acid (GLA)
- vitamin D
Always eliminate soda and limit juices, refined sugars, and carbohydrates. Reduce fructose in your diet, even from fruits. Completely avoid high fructose corn syrup. Increase your intake of good oils such as coconut, olive, and avocado. Get enough protein from whole food sources such as nuts, seeds, eggs, grass-fed meat, organic poultry, and raw vegetables (if tolerated by digestion). Avoid refined carbohydrates and greatly limit grains in your diet.
Try all these things and feel better!
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