HYPOGLYCEMIA (LOW BLOOD SUGAR)

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which there is an abnormally low level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Most often, this results from the over secretion of insulin by the pancreas.  Insulin facilitates the transport of glucose from the bloodstream into the cells, especially those of muscle and fatty tissue, and causes glucose to be synthesized in the liver. If the pancreas is not functioning properly, normal carbohydrate metabolism is impossible.

A person suffering from hypoglycemia may display any or all of the following symptoms: fatigue, dizziness, light-headedness, headache, irritability, fainting spells, depression, anxiety, cravings for sweets, confusion, night sweats, weakness in the legs, swollen feet, a feeling of tightness in chest, constant hunger, pain in various parts of the body (especially the eyes), nervous habits, mental disturbances, and insomnia. People with hypoglycemia can become very aggressive and lose their tempers easily. Any or all of these symptoms may occur a few hours after eating sweets or fats. The onset and severity of symptoms are directly related type of foods that meal contained.

DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS

Remove from the diet all alcohol, canned and packaged foods, refined and processed foods, salt, sugar, saturated fats, soft drinks, and white flour. Also avoid foods that contain artificial colors or preservatives.

 

Avoid sweet fruits and juices such as grape and prune. If you drink these mix the juice with equal amount of water.

 

Eat a diet high in fiber and include large amounts of vegetables, especially broccoli, carrots, Jerusalem artichokes, raw spinach, squash, and string beans. Vegetables should be eaten raw or steamed. Also eat beans, brown rice, lentils, potatoes, soy products (tofu), and fruits, especially apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, grape fruits, lemon, and persimmons.

 

For protein, eat low-fat cottage cheese, fish, grains, kefir, raw cheese, raw nuts, seeds, skinless white turkey or white chicken breast, and low-fat yoghurt.

 

Eat starchy foods such as corn, hominy, noodles, pasta, white rice, and yams in moderation only.

 

Do not eat fatty foods such as bacon, cold cuts, fried foods, gravies, ham, sausage, or dairy products (except for low-fat soured products).

 

Do not go without food. Eat six to eight small meals throughout the day. Some people find that eating a small snack before bedtime helps.

 

Use a rotation diet, food allergies are often linked to hypoglycemia and can make the symptoms more pronounced.

 

Try taking 200 micrograms of chromium picolinate daily. This can alleviate many symptoms and raise blood glucose levels if symptoms occur after sugar or a heavy meal is consumed. Chromium. Also known as glucose tolerance factor or GTF, has been known to alleviate sudden shock.

 

During a low blood sugar reaction, eat something that combines fiber with a protein food, such as bran or rice crackers with raw cheese or almond butter.

 

Instead of eating applesauce, have a whole apple, which has more fiber. The fiber in the apple will inhibit fluctuations in blood sugar, fiber alone (found in popcorn, oat bran, rice bran, crackers, ground flaxseed, and psyllium husks) will slow down a hypoglycemic reaction. Take fiber half an hour before meals. Spirulina tablets taken between meals further helps to stabilize blood sugar.

 

Fast once a month with live vegetable juices and a series of lemon juice enemas. To prevent a low blood sugar reaction while fasting, use spirulina or a protein powder supplement. Many people find this makes them start to feel better very quickly.