In the words of Jimi Hendrix, hypoglycemia is a “frustrating mess”, to say the least; and those of you that suffer from the condition know this all too well. People who suffer from this condition can experience a vast array of extremely uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous symptoms like fatigue, nervousness, irritability, sugar cravings, tachycardia and more. It’s just a vicious cycle basically. So how does one beat this annoying condition? What can a person do in order to get back to a normal life?
What’s Going on in Your Body
Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar as you probably know. A person can become hypoglycemic by one, not eating or two eating simple carbohydrates or foods loaded with sugar, reactive hypoglycemia.
With fasting hypoglycemia the blood sugar just drops basically from not eating. With reactive hypoglycemia blood sugar levels drop tremendously due to an over-production of insulin after about 1 to 2 hours from consuming a high carbohydrate meal. So with reactive, your body responds to a high-carbohydrate load with a surge of insulin, not good.
I myself have suffered from reactive hypoglycemia and the symptoms are terrible. I’ve experienced tremors, anxiety, panic attacks, tachycardia, fatigue and the list goes on. Nothing fun about this stuff!
Treatment and Prevention
So, how do you treat or prevent this crazy and frustrating condition? Well you want to eat foods that are low on the glycemic index. This means foods that don’t instantly spike your blood sugar levels. These are foods that break down slowly in the body. Foods like oatmeal, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, vegetables, whole grains, beef, chicken, fish, nuts and berries. Also, make sure to eat every two and a half to three hours and always know where your next meal is coming from. Do not skip meals as the key to defeating this condition in both forms is keeping the blood sugar levels of the body stable and steady. This means no dips and no spikes.
The Miracle of Chia Seeds
One awesome supplement and super-food that has basically cured my hypoglycemic episodes is chia seeds. Chia seeds are just incredible in regards to nutrients and what they can do for your body. They are packed with antioxidants, omega 3s, fiber, protein and the list goes on. Additionally, chia seeds have been shown to slow the breakdown of carbohydrates in the body keeping them from converting to simple sugars too quickly. One teaspoon of chia seeds can also sustain a person for up to 24 hours. These are the reasons they are so great for helping with blood sugar control.
What to do Next!
So what are the next steps in gaining control of this frustrating condition? Well, sit down and take a look at your diet and what you are eating daily, are you eating frequently enough? What are you eating? Write yourself a list of foods to get at the grocery store, foods like the ones I mentioned above. Remember, high protein, complex carbohydrates, and in this case a little fat won’t hurt as it slows the absorption of carbohydrates in the body. Immediately eliminate simple sugars, white breads, refined carbohydrates and processed foods from your diet. It may seem hard to do, but your body will adjust.