BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCE
Hypoglycemia what is it and are the symptoms:
In sensitive people and genetically predisposed people, blood sugar level balance can be a challenge. At times we feel like eating more sugars than other time. For women during our periods, or during pregnancy or breastfeeding. We feel like we need sugar very quickly at times. In time of stress or if you have a stressful job some people men and women tend to go for the quickest meal that they can get and sometime no meals at all. Having more coffee, teas and anything that can give the quickest fix possible, including reaching for the red bull and caffeine 3 to 4 times a day. So what goes wrong at some point with the hypoglycemia, why does it happen? Well quite often happens because we keep asking the pancreas to deal with a lot of sugary foods and or with stress in our lives that our organs cannot keep up. From our liver, pancreas, adrenals and kidney which all work together to deal with digestion and elimination and stress related condition. What puts more stress on the balance of our blood sugar level is what we eat and what we do. Such as: sugar, white bread, white pasta, white rice, pastries, chocolates, sweets, which gets the blood glucose level high very rapidly. Other stimulants, such as tea, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol and stress can also cause a sudden increase in blood sugar levels. The pancreas can overreact and produce too much insulin. Blood glucose then takes a rapid, uncomfortable drop – and may end up too low for normal functioning (hypoglycemia). If this over-stimulation happens too often, the pancreas becomes exhausted. Now, instead of too much insulin it produces too little. Too much glucose remains in the blood (hyperglycemia). In its most severe form, this condition becomes diabetes.
The regulation of blood glucose is a constant balancing act. The aim is to provide energy to the cells which need it (including the brain), and to make sure that unwanted glucose is not left circulating in the blood. If this balance is lost, both physical and mental well-being is, in turn, unbalanced. Low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) and high blood glucose (hyperglycemia) can have similar and wide-ranging effects, which are:
• Aggressive outbursts, nervousness, depression, crying spells,
• Vertigo and dizziness, anxiety,
• Confusion, poor memory and concentration,
• Anxiety or panic attacks, fatigue,
• Insomnia, headaches, palpitations, muscle cramps, excess sweating,
• Digestive problems, allergies, cravings, PMS,
• Blurred vision and lack of sex drive.
All the above symptoms can happen during pregnancy, as well as promoting candida during pregnancy and after. This will also affect the baby if naturally born as the yeast will be the prevalent bacteria in the baby intestinal tract. This in turn leads to yeast overgrowth in the baby (white tongue). This can also lead to the baby feeling the same symptoms of irritability, insomnia, crying spells and or sugar cravings or withdraw.
What Nutrition Can Do
Glucose intolerance can usually be corrected fairly quickly if you follow a dietary guidance to avoid the ups and downs of the glucose levels. Vitamins (especially Bs and C) give important support to the adrenal glands, which play a crucial role in blood sugar levels. Chromium is important in the formation of glucose tolerance factor (GTF), a substance released by the liver which makes insulin more potent.
Some people find that they benefit from eating little and often, rather than three separate meals a day.
What You Can do
• Always eat breakfast
• Avoid sugar and sugary foods. Avoid convenience foods. They are almost certain to contain refined carbohydrates and various harmful chemicals.
• Avoid or limit alcohol
• Avoid or limit tea and coffee
• Stop smoking (if you smoke)
• Find ways to deal with stress (pilates, yoga, hypnobirthing if pregnant, any exercise)
• Eat only wholegrain carbohydrates – no white starches such as white bread (if you can tolerate it and are ok with it, any intolerances or food allergies can also cause the same symptoms as hypoglacemia).
• Increase your intake of beans, lentils, nuts and seeds (if you can digest them well and if you are vegan or vegetarian, otherwise a good balance of meat, fish, eggs and beans and lentils with plenty of vegetables and fruits is good).
• If your tendency is to skip meals, avoid doing so by eating one or two healthy snack between meals.
• Always eat protein with each meal
Having a nutritional consultation gives you a more detailed guide for yourself as I use the NAET method for testing and balancing the over-reaction. As well as suggest way of balancing your lifestyle.