Hypoglycemia - The Condition and Ways to Fight Hypoglycemia

Published: 23rd June 2009
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Hypoglycemia is a condition in which pancreas create excess amount of insulin in response to high and repeated intake of sugar. Excess insulin lowers blood sugar levels drastically causing problems like nausea, blurred vision, headaches, fatigue and irritability. Problem factors are stressful conditions and poor dietary habits in which too much sugar and refined carbohydrates are being eaten. The pancreas was not designed by nature to fight against concentrated sugars, sugar snacks, processed and refined foods.

The modern diet puts immense amount of strain on the pancreas and adrenal glands to regularize blood sugar levels. Hypoglycemia is also caused by excess alcohol and caffeine, having caffeine or alcohol on an empty stomach, fad diets, food allergies, having large meals, liver and kidney problems and damage.

Risk Elements of Hypoglycemia
Eating too much sugar and simple carbohydrates like pastries, ice cream, cakes, pasta and candies can increase the risk of developing hypoglycemia. Stress can further aggravate and increase this risk, if left unaddressed. If hypoglycemia is left unmanaged, it can further lead to type II diabetes. The following conditions help determine how high a risk you face towards developing hypoglycemia:

-Cravings for sugar and sweet foods

-Missing meals resulting in irritability

-Feeling weak and tired especially after missing a meal



-Feeling tired even after having a meal

-Poor recall

-Heart palpitations and shakiness

-Afternoon fatigue and lethargy

-Blurred vision

-Mood swings and feeling of depressiveness


-Frequent feeling of anxiety and nervousness

The more the above symptoms strike true, higher is the risk of developing hypoglycemia therefore, we have to consider our lifestyle and our diet and change all those factors that can lead to hypoglycemia.

Dietary changes
A diet which has a high quantity of complex carbohydrates and plant fiber is the best diet to help treat hypoglycemia and diabetes. Refined, processed and preserved foods should be avoided and sugars, alcohol and high fat items need to be eliminated from the diet. Other stimulants and sugar substitutes like aspartame and coffee need to be avoided as well. Minerals like chromium and potassium are very important in hypoglycemia as they regulate blood sugar levels.

Chromium rich food like cucumbers, whole grains, string beans and soy are good for general health and regulating blood sugar. Dietary fiber, which is water soluble, is very beneficial in helping build insulin resistance. Foods like legumes, seeds, nuts and oat bran have a large amount of water soluble fiber. Protein sources like seafood and legumes should be added to the diet as well.

Modifying lifestyle
An exercise program helps elevate heart rate and oxidize blood sugar levels. Smoking and alcohol interfere in the regular pattern of body's system and thus should be avoided. Smaller meals also help stabilize blood sugar levels unlike 2 to 3 large meals.

Supplements for Avoiding Hypoglycemia
Protein shakes for breakfast, snacking or afternoon snacks help stabilize sugar level in the blood and feeds the adrenal glands as well. Vitamin C (2,000-3,000 mg daily), Adrenal glandular extract (200-600 mg per day) and vitamin B Complex (100 mg daily) help with the adrenal gland functions and stabilizing sugar levels. Sugar and refined foods leach the body of important vitamins particularly vitamin B and damage the bacteria that produce vitamin B for us leading to hypoglycemia, and taking vitamin supplements helps eliminate this problem.

Minerals like 200-400 mcg of chromium; 50 mg of zinc; 200 mcg of selenium; 300-500 mg of magnesium help in metabolizing enzymes. One should also take Glutamine, 500 mg daily, Pancreatin, 1,200 mg with meals and royal jelly to stimulate adrenal function. Algae like Spirulina, chlorella and blue-green algae also help in stabilizing sugar levels in our blood.

Conditions such as Hypoglycemia receive major benefits by drinking adequate amount of water. Quality of water consumed is also of immense significance. Normal bottled or distilled mineral water is no longer pure because of FDA's allowable impurity content in it. Alkaline ionized water in such a case is a great idea. It will hydrate the body very quickly and also act as a power natural anti oxidant. Alkaline water obtained from a good water ionizer neutralizes excess acidity and toxicity in the body leaving the person fresh and alert through out the day.

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By Abdullah Salim & Nedalee Ruiz

Nedalee is the author of The Desperate Parents Handbook

Abdullah and Nedalee recommend Chanson Alkaline Water for more information on alkaline water.

And Healing Water Machines for an impressive selection of water ionizers.

Copyright 2008 Nedalee Ruiz

Permission to Reproduce in entirety

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