Hypoglycemia – Balance this with Nutrition!

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar is an issue that is actually common, particularly in women.
You may have hypoglycemia if:
-You crave sugar and/or caffeine in between meals.
-You eat compulsively when nervous or stressed.
-You are irritable before meals.
-You get shaky, weak, nauseous or light-headed between meals.
-You wake at night and it is difficult to go back to sleep.
-You have trouble concentrating or have poor memory.
-You become anxious for no apparent reason,
-You are moody and / or depressed.
-You have difficulty making decisions.
-You get dizzy or weak if you stand up too fast.
-You have chronically low blood pressure.
-Your fasting glucose (blood sugar) is below 80.
You may also be low in B vitamins. This is very common with hypoglycemia.
You are low in B vitamins if:
-You have a slow or irregular pulse.
-You have low blood pressure.
-You have irregular heart beat.
-You are worried, anxious and sometimes highly emotional.
-You are sensitive to noises and / or smells.
-You are constantly fatigued.
-You wake up at night an can’t get back to sleep.
-You have weak digestion (gas and bloating).
-You have slow reflexes.
-You may have a tendency towards varicose veins and / or hemorrhoids.
-You have headaches.
-You have itchy skin.
-You are sensitive to insect bites.
-You have no stamina.
-Your muscles feel weak.
While you might not have all of the symptoms on theses 2 lists, if you have a lot of them, it might be worth taking some nutrients that are commonly deficient when these patterns are present. I recommend a multi-vitamin that is actually formulated with extra zinc and B vitamins, along with glandular extracts that support the adrenal and pituitary glands.
For the B vitamin deficiency, you will want to make sure you get a product that has phosphorylated B’s that are easy for the body to use with a high thiamine ratio.
You will also have to manage your diet to get away from high glycemic foods. These include products made with white sugar, white flour, high fructose corn syrup and other highly processed foods. You will need to eat small regular meals that include high quality protein. It will also be helpful to take an omega 3 supplement that contains GLA.
Remember that the right nutrients will help you get back in balance, while the wrong ones will just exacerbate the imbalance.

About NaturalCowgirl

Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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