Why would anyone have a problem with low blood sugar in a country were sugary foods are available everywhere? Ironically, it is because of those sweet foods that hypoglycemia is rampant.
The sugar in our blood is called glucose. Refined table sugar is mostly glucose. When consumed, it requires no digestion to be assimilated. It is transported directly into the bloodstream, providing a “rush” of sugar to the system, in effect a sugar “high.” (increase of energy).
The problem is that too much sugar is as bad as too little sugar. When there is too much sugar in the blood stream the cells can’t use it fast enough and it “clogs” the blood capillaries. It is similar to the problem a carburetor on a car has when the fuel mix is too rich. There isn’t enough oxygen to efficiently burn the fuel and the carburetor and engine begin to accumulate carbon deposits.
To get the blood sugar levels down, the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin.
The liver, under the influence of insulin stores the excess sugar as glycogen. Later, when the body needs more sugar, the adrenals stimulate the liver to convert glycogen back into glucose. Thus, the pancreas reduces high blood sugar levels, while the adrenals increase sugar levels when they get low. Together, these glands strive to maintain a balanced blood sugar level.
Refined sugar puts a great deal of stress on the liver, pancreas and adrenals. Not only does it not contain the nutrients (like chromium, vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins) these organs require to do their job, it also causes a “roller coaster” or “yo-yo” effect.
This yo-yo effect damages many parts of the body. The liver and the pancreas become weakened and stressed. Because refined sugars bring no vitamins, minerals or nutrients, the body must use storage supplies to feed the brain, and many times those supplies are not available. This may interfere with many of the brain functions. The brain, which is also in need of a constant supply of sugar for energy, must save energy because of the fluctuating levels of glucose. Therefore the area of the brain which controls thought, learning and behavior shuts down and converts all the energy to the area of the brain which controls the lesser behaviors such as desire for food and sex and the fight or flight syndrome. No wonder many suffering with hypoglycemia feel that they are "not themselves". In reality they are not, for only a small part of their brains are functioning properly.
In the morning the blood sugar levels are low from fasting overnight.
If people eat a sugar-sweetened cereal or pastries for breakfast, they will get a sudden rush of sugar. In addition, if they drink coffee, the caffeine provides a “jolt” to the adrenal glands which increases the effect of this sugar high. Blood sugar levels are too high and the pancreas is forced to secrete insulin to bring them down.
If the adrenals are fatigued (from constantly being whipped with caffeine or other stimulants) or the liver is not storing adequate reserves of glycogen, then sugar levels will begin to fall as rapidly as they rose. So, about two hours later people have to have a coffee break (coffee and donuts or a Coke and candy bar—more sugar and caffeine) to get their blood sugar back up again. This pattern continues throughout the day.
This rise and fall of blood sugar levels causes energy and mood swings.
** When levels are high people are “hyper” and when levels drop they become confused, tired and irritable.
** If the adrenals collapse, people become "burned out.” They enter a state of chronic fatigue, difficulty sleeping and the inability to cope with stress.
** If the pancreas collapses, diabetes develops.
So you can see why hypoglycemia is widespread in our society. No wonder so many people can’t think clearly. It also explains a great deal of the antisocial behavior in our society.
Possible Symptoms of Hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia is the inability of the body to correctly regulate the blood sugar
Anorexia (poor appetite)
Cold hands or feet
Craving for sweets
Dry or burning mouth
Fainting or blackouts
Feeling of “going crazy”
Gasping for breath
Hard to concentrate
Lack of coordination
Lack of sex drive (females)
Night terrors, nightmares
Noise and light sensitivity
Phobias (unjustified fears)
Ravenous hunger between meals
Ringing in ears
Sighing and yawning
Tachycardia (Palpitation of the heart)
Notes from Béatrice Duplantier-Rhea N.D. (Webnat)
Over time, insulin excess creates a condition called insulin resistance. This is when the body tissues become less sensitive to the effects of insulin. This occurs partly because the tissue cells cannot "regulate" or reabsorb some of their insulin receptors in response to the constant flood of insulin.
Cursed with fewer insulin receptors, your cells become "resistant" to the signal delivered by insulin, resulting in a loss of insulin's ability to lower blood sugar.
Eventually, a person with insulin resistance develops both high levels of insulin and high levels of blood sugar. In the final stage, the pancreas may eventually wear out, leading to insulin-dependent diabetes.
Along with widespread deficiencies of vital nutrients and a multitude of unnatural toxins, insulin excess is promoting our current epidemic of chronic disease. In fact, most physicians don't realize that too much insulin itself causes damage, including raising blood pressure and cholesterol, increasing triglycerides and inflammation, and promoting atherosclerosis and heart disease. Americans are needlessly suffering from chronic degenerative diseases caused by the excessive insulin that is generated by our high-carbohydrate eating habits.
Eat the following lean protein foods (be sure to include one of these foods in your breakfast meal, and always eat breakfast): lean meats , vegetables, and whole grains (free range chicken, fish, veal, nuts, beans, peas, lentils and wheat). Proteins such as these digest slowly and help the blood sugar stay balanced all day.
Avoid refined sugars.
Avoid processed foods (white flour, fried foods, canned foods, processed meats and prepackaged foods) and chemical additives, preservatives, colors and flavors.
Eat many fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organically grown. These foods contain natural sugars, along with fiber. Fiber slows the digestion of sugar, allowing the body to receive small amounts for a long time. These foods also contain vitamins, minerals and nutrients essential to the function of the brain.
Surviving in Sugar Land By Dr. Scott
For most of us, completely eliminating sugar from our children’s diet is an impossible task. Not only do we have to face our children’s and our own addiction, but our children are out of our sight for much of the day -- especially as they grow older.
In a study in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that most of the sugar consumption (55-70 percent) occurred in the home, so parents do have a lot of control. Here are some ideas to help you control the amount of sugar your children is consuming:
• Get rid of soda: Removing all soda from the house can dramatically cut down on the amount of sugar that children are eating. Fruit juice should also go, but many parents feel they need some sweet drink in the house. While fruit juice still alters blood sugar, it does contain some nutrients, so use with moderation.
• Look for hidden sugars: While you won’t know if everything on a label is sugar, look for the OSE at the end of the ingredient. Examples of sugars include glucose, maltose, fructose, dextrose; this won't help you find all the sugars, but it will take care of most of them.
• Eat fresh and crunchy: Encourage your children to eat something fresh and crunchy with every meal. When we try this in our home, our kids always say potato chips are crunchy, and we have to say, no: fresh and crunchy. Good crunchy foods are carrots, celery, apples, pears, peaches … and really most fruit.
• Eat fruit: For the most part, fruits, eaten in whole form, are much better and don’t cause a rise in blood sugar the way that juices made from the same fruits do. Try mixed berries with a little whipped cream as an afternoon snack. (Whipped cream makes anything fun.)
• Stay away from artificial sugars: While the subject of artificial sweeteners is an article (or a book) in itself, let me say that these chemical sweeteners are harmful enough to recommend eating sugar over them. Artificial sweeteners are chemicals that shouldn’t be in our bodies, and we are just beginning to see the damage that they cause.
What to do if you can’t stay away from sugars
• Know what keeps blood sugar low If you cannot get sugar out of your life, you need to understand how to keep your and your children’s blood sugar low. The nutrients that keep blood sugar low are: protein, fats and fiber. So the best way to eat a sugar is to eat it in a meal where protein, fats and fiber are present. This means giving children their dessert right after dinner, or having them include other foods (that contain a protein, fat or fiber) with their snack.
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