You may have felt the effects of low blood sugar when you’ve gotten really hungry, skipped a meal, or exercised hard without eating enough. This happens to nearly everyone from time to time.
Do you get hungry every morning around 10:00 AM? Do you slow down around 2:00 in the afternoon? Do you get snarky when you are hungry?
These are signs of low blood sugar. This means that you need to eat – real food, that is. Don’t grab a pre-packaged, sugar-free something or other. That’ll make things worse.
Nowadays with the onslaught of food chemicals and fake sugars, busy schedules, fast food, and pre-packaged vendo-snacks, low blood sugar is happening more than you think, and it can affect your longterm health and outlook.
So, it’s important to eat like clockwork. Actually, snack like clockwork.
If you go too long between meals, or snacks, your blood sugar can be out of balance. If it’s too low, this is known as hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. If your blood sugar drops, it is too low to provide your body – and your brain – energy.
This can make you lethargic, shaky, and very grumpy.
Insulin and Diet Sweeteners
Hypoglycemia is common when diet sweeteners are used because fake sugars are not a source of energy, which your body needs to function. Fake sugars disrupt normal insulin production, and this can lead to hypoglycemia or diabetes.
When you are hungry and you drink a diet cola with aspartame, acesulfame-K, or sucralose, your body produces insulin to address the “incoming sugar”, but it has been tricked – there is no incoming sugar. Your blood insulin level rises using these sweeteners, but there is nothing for the insulin to react with.
The more diet foods that you consume with these sweeteners, the hungrier you get, and the hungrier you get, the more diet chemicals you eat or drink.
This means you have higher and higher levels of unused insulin in your blood stream, which can result in lethargy, anxiety, anger, and hypoglycemia. According to a recent study in France, high levels of insulin have been found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s.
Vitamin and mineral levels can affect your blood sugar.
High levels of magnesium have been correlated with hypoglycemia. Low levels of chromium and vanadium have also been associated with hypoglycemia and diabetes.
Do you know what your vitamin and nutrient levels are?
If you suffer from low blood sugar or Type I or II diabetes, I recommend periodically checking your blood sugar nutrient levels using a hair analysis, and avoiding these sugar-free sweeteners. Stevia and saccharin have not shown blood sugar spikes in Type I diabetics.
Solutions? Eat less but more often. And eat mostly raw, all-natural/organic foods and snacks.
When you snack on healthy foods throughout the day, you eat less at one time, and this is better for your body – from blood sugar to digestion.
Your stomach is about the size of your hand, so it doesn’t need to be packed full with too much food at one time.
Your body only has 30 t0 45 minutes to “assimilate” what you have eaten – it has to break it apart into mush, remove the vitamins and nutrients, and send them into the liver.
The nutrients are then picked up by your blood and circulated throughout your body. This is like a “moving cafeteria”, and your organs and tissues remove the nutrients that they need from the blood as it passes through them.
Just don’t flood it with more than it can handle at one time.
By eating smaller portions throughout the day, your body will never go without nourishment, and your blood sugar should remain more balanced. This results in steady energy, cognitive function, better moods, less hunger, and better weight management.
This will make you and the people around you happier!