A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Hypoglycemia
I had a question the other day about hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is most common in people who have diabetes.
You may have briefly felt the effects of low blood sugar when you’ve become really hungry or exercised hard without eating enough.
This happens to just about everyone from time to time.
It’s easy to fix and usually nothing to worry about.
But hypoglycemia can also be an ongoing problem.
It happens when the amount of sugar in your blood drops too low to give your body energy.
The most common causes of hypoglycemia in people who don’t have diabetes are diseases of the liver, kidneys or pancreas, metabolic problems, certain medications, alcohol use, and stomach surgery.
Mild hypoglycemia can make you feel hungry or like you want to throw up.
You could also feel jittery or nervous.
Your heart may beat fast.
You may sweat.
Or your skin might become cold and clammy.
Moderate hypoglycemia can make you short-tempered, nervous, afraid, or confused.
Your vision may blur.
You could also feel unsteady or have trouble walking.
Severe hypoglycemia can cause you to pass out.
You could have seizures.
It could even cause a coma or death.
If you’ve had hypoglycemia during the night, you might wake up tired or with a headache.
You might have nightmares.
Or you may sweat so much during the night your pajamas or sheets are damp when you wake up.
To deal with hypoglycemia it’s best to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*The following herbs help normalize blood sugar: angostura bitters (or any combination of bitters), artichoke leaf, and gentian root.
*Dandelion root is an excellent source of calcium and supports your pancreas and liver.
*Gudmar, an Ayurvedic herb, suppresses intestinal absorption of saccharides, which prevents blood sugar fluctuations.
*Milk thistle rejuvenates your liver.
*Other beneficial herbs include parsley, pau d’arco, raspberry leaves, and uva ursi.
*Remove from your diet all alcohol, canned and packaged foods, refined and processed foods, dried fruits, salt, sugar, saturated fats, soft drinks, and white flour. Also avoid foods containing artificial colors or preservatives.
*Avoid sweet fruits and juices like grape and prune. If you drink these, mix the juice with an equal amount of water.
*Sweeten food with natural sweeteners like stevia, barley malt syrup, molasses, or brown rice syrup.
*Eat a diet high in fiber and include large amounts of organic vegetables, especially broccoli, carrots, Jerusalem artichokes, raw spinach, squash, and string beans. Vegetables should be eaten raw or steamed. Also eat organic beans, brown rice, lentils, oats, oat bran, potatoes, soy products (tofu), and fruits, especially apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, grapefruits, lemons, 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 yogurt.
*Eat starchy foods like corn, hominy, noodles, pasta, white rice, and yams in moderation only.
*Include maitake mushrooms in your diet. They’re beneficial for helping your body adapt to stress.
*Don’t eat fatty foods like bacon, cold cuts, fried foods, gravies, ham, sausage, or dairy products (except for low-fat soured products).
*Don’t go without food or eat large, heavy meals. Eat 6-8 small meals throughout the day. Some people find eating a small snack before bedtime helps. If hypoglycemia is related to a previous stomach surgery, don’t take fluids with meals or snacks – wait 30-60 minutes.
*Use a rotation diet; food allergies are often linked to hypoglycemia and can make symptoms more pronounced.
*Try taking 200 mcg of chromium picolinate daily. This can alleviate many symptoms and raise blood glucose levels if symptoms occur after sugar or a heavy meal is eaten.
*During a low blood sugar reaction, eat something combining fiber with a protein food, like 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 help to stabilize blood sugar.
*Maintain a regular exercise regimen. This helps to maintain steady blood sugar levels. Eat 1-3 hours prior to exercise.
*Stress is a major factor in hypoglycemia, as it affects adrenal function and blood sugar levels. Practice stress reduction by meditating, listening to soothing music, getting a massage, or using deep breathing techniques.
*Fast once a month with fresh 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.
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