HYPOGLYCEMIA/LOW BLOOD SUGAR

There seems to be an epidemic of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in America these days because of our poor diets filled with sugar, alcohol, soft drinks, simple carbohydrates, caffeine, chocolate, and coffee.

Hypoglycemia may take a while to diagnose because the symptoms resemble those of other diseases, such as allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, neurological problems, weight problems, thyroid and pituitary disorders, kidney disease, and adrenal exhaustion. A glucose tolerance test can be performed to help determine whether or not low blood sugar is causing your symptoms. Often dietary changes alone can resolve this condition.

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the pancreas overreacts to repeated high sugar intake by producing too much insulin. This, in turn,causes the blood sugar to lower too much.

Symptoms
Symptoms include dizziness, headache, irritability, fainting spells,anxiety, depression, insomnia, craving for sweets, confusion, weakness in the legs, and more. These symptoms may occur for a few hours after eating sweets or fats.

Dietary considerations
Eat a high-fiber diet with some form of protein at each meal. Eat beans,brown rice, vegetables, low-fat cottage cheese, tofu, yogurt, nuts, seeds,avocados, almond butter, and soy or rice cheese.

Avoid sweet fruit juices. Dilute them 50/50 with water. Eliminate sugar,soft drinks, alcohol, and refined and processed foods.

Supplement support for hypoglycemia
• Multivitamin/mineral formula
• A daily green drink, midmorning
• Chromium picolinate: 200 mcg; 400 mcg if you are over 150 pounds
• Vitamin B complex
• Extra pantothenic acid
• Magnesium: 400–800 mg daily in divided doses
• Vitamin C: 3,000 mg daily
• Stevia liquid extract, as an herbal sweetener
• L-glutamine: 1,000 mg daily, to reduce sugar cravings
• L-carnitine, to energizes the body
• Milk thistle, for liver health
• Dandelion root, for liver health
• Adrenal glandular formula
• A protein shake daily, to help keep blood sugar stabilized

Lifestyle choices
• Reduce stress
• Exercise
• Enjoy massage therapy