High sugar consumption is the key cause of hypoglycemia (blood sugar level below 70 mg/dL) which is another serious problem that greatly contributes to obesity and may trigger many unpleasant and sometimes dangerous symptoms. According to some specialists hypoglycemia is a rampant problem which leads to obesity because people with low blood sugar levels have tendency to overeat.

High refined sugar intake and white flour products consumption often stimulate pancreas to flood the body with insulin which leads to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level), and since glucose (blood sugar) is brain’s primary energy source its insufficient levels may trigger symptoms of fatigue, inability to concentrate, depression, suicidal thoughts, anger, anxiety, panic attacks, dizziness, insomnia, headaches, hot flashes, craving for sweets, chocolate or caffeine. The brain requires a constant adequate level of blood sugar to function properly. It is more dependent on blood sugar or glucose than any other organ. Low glucose levels resulting from the severe dip after a high sugar intake tax the brain and cause the symptoms that plague sugar addicts.

When you eat too much sugar the level of glucose in your blood rise to abnormal heights. In an effort to return things to normal, your pancreas produces insulin, the hormone that regulates sugar levels. If you don’t regularly eat too much sugar – your pancreas can easily handle isolated overdoses of sugar. But if you consume foods high in sugar on a regular basis then every time your sugar level gets high your pancreas overreacts, flooding your body with insulin causing now the blood sugar level to be way too low. In response, because there is not enough sugar in the blood, the adrenal glands release anti-stress hormones that in turn release the sugar stored in the liver for emergencies. As a result everything gets worn out – the pancreas, the adrenal glands, the liver and the brain. And your symptoms are fatigue, nervousness, anxiety, palpitations, headaches, butterflies in the stomach, and so on. Apart from that, hypoglycemia, causes brain to secrete glutamate in levels that can trigger the similar symptoms.

In order to recover from hypoglycemia and its symptoms it is necessary to avoid all the products which contain refined sugar and other refined carbohydrates (including white flour products, refined pasta, white rice, etc.) and also all stimulants (caffeine, tea, chocolate, alcohol, etc.). Since scientific research proved that caffeine interferes with glucose metabolism you need to stay away from caffeine products to prevent low blood sugar levels. If you still need a sweetener try to use more natural ones such as date sugar, blackstrap molasses, raw honey, or sometimes small doses of Xylitol and Stevia. Do not use any artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame, because they make recovery from hypoglycemia much more difficult and are a major health hazard.

Apart from these dietary changes a patience is required as positive results are sometimes seen only after longer periods of time, even months. All refined carbohydrates must be replaced with foods high in fiber (whole grains, raw vegetables and fruits, dried fruits, seeds, nuts, legumes) as fiber in these foods causes sugar to be released in intestines slowly without stimulating pancreas to release large amounts of insulin to lower blood sugar. Another very important cure in case of hypoglycemia is regular exercise which is also very effective in regulating blood glucose levels.

The most important supplements to treat hypoglycemia are chromium (100 mcg three times a day before meals) and high doses of vitamin C (even 10 grams or 10,000 milligrams per day). Vitamin C is the primary support for the adrenal gland and chromium is a trace mineral which prevents hypoglycemia by helping the body to use insulin properly, control blood sugar, and reduce sweet cravings. Chromium is also needed in the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, which also prevents hypoglycemia. Good natural sources of chromium include wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, and broccoli, but in diabetes and hypoglycemia supplements in the form of chromium picolinate are necessary. Since also magnesium helps to maintain the blood sugar level try to include more magnesium rich food in the diet such as green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts, whole grains and pulses. Good quality magnesium supplements such as magnesium citrate should be included too (400 – 700 mg a day).

The following herbal remedies are very helpful in treating hypoglycemia: Pau d’Arco, Nettle leaf powder, Nettle tea, Star flower oil, Evening Primrose oil, Flax seed oil (omega 3) are very helpful in normalising sugar in the blood. Licorice root is often regarded as the most beneficial herb for hypoglycemia, especially in children. It helps to balance blood sugar and reduce the craving for sweets. The standard recommendation is two capsules of the regular licorice root (or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the liquid extract) two to three times a day with meals. Another supplement that helps is Spirulina which supplies amino acids (the building blocks of protein) which can stimulate liver to produce more glucagon which is used by brain when glucose in the blood is too low.


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