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Best Diet For Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar): Spirulina, Reduced Sugars Cravings,Vitamins and More

Updated on February 20, 2014

The American diet is loaded with sugar. It is estimated that Americans consume over 75 pounds of sugar a year. In addition to this, refined carbohydrates such as white flour are a large part of the diet. Sugar and these refined carbohydrates, which rapidly turn into glucose after consumption, cause sudden changes in blood sugar levels. Other products to be aware of that have high sugar content are ketchup, prepared frozen meals, salad dressings and refined white rice.

Initially, eating high sugar foods will give you a bit of a lift, but behind the scene the body is undergoing a great deal of stress. When too much sugar and refined carbohydrates are eaten, the blood sugar rises far beyond healthy levels. The pancreas responds by producing insulin, which is used to regulate blood sugar. You can get away with eating large, high sugar meals for awhile if you are healthy and don't have hypoglycemia.

However, eating this way on a regular basis will cause the pancreas to overeact by releasing large amounts of insulin, causing a big drop in blood sugar leading to low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. This stressful process causes the adrenal glands to get involved by releasing anti-stress hormones which release stored sugars in the liver. Eventually this takes a huge toll on the body and these organs get warn out. Hypoglycemia symptoms begin to manifest themselves in the form of anxiety, palpatations, nervousness, sweating, hunger, dizziness, confusion, headaches and fatigue.

Hypoglycemia is a condition produced by low glucose levels in the blood. This can cause a number of problems but the main ones are due to a lack of glucose for brain fuel. The brain needs a continual flow of glucose to function properly. When blood sugar is too low, brain function is altered, putting stress on the brain, leading to headaches and causing a range of possible reactions from confusion, the inability to complete routine tasks, double vision, blurred vision, seizures, loss of consciousness, coma and can lead to permanent brain damage or death.

The best hypoglycemia diet can be achieved by making simple adjustments to your diet. You will begin to notice a big difference in the way you feel. Not only will symptoms begin to disappear but energy will be restored and weight loss will be an extra benefit. Cutting down on sugar intake is essential.

This will have many other health benefits besides helping to alleviate symptoms of hypoglycemia. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and tobacco because they cause rapid changes in blood sugar levels. This will make it more difficult to cut down sugar intake because the rapid blood sugar changes increase sugar cravings.

It is wise to completely avoid artificial sweeteners. Besides the fact that there are a variety of health problems associated with them, they increase sweet cravings. Avoiding sweets completely for a few weeks has been found to diminish sweet cravings.

Changing from a diet of refined carbohydrates to one with complex carbohydrates such as whole grain flour, whole grain pasta and brown rice will significantly slow down the changes in blood sugar levels and they will be more controlled. Instead of eating high sugar foods, eat raw fruit which contains valuble vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fiber.

Other foods that should be a regular part of the diet are vegetables and legumes. Nuts and seeds are valuable because they contain the essential fatty acids omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid and omega-6 linoleic acid which are important in many metobolic processes. Many hypoglycemic people have been found to be deficient in these nutrients. The best source is unrefined, cold pressed flax seed oil.

Once the overall diet has been improved, vitamins for hypoglycemia can be added. B vitamins and chromium are very effective. The B vitamins aid a nervous system effected by low blood sugar levels and chromium helps to regulate the metabolism of sugar and stabilize blood sugar levels. It is also helpful in reducing sugar cravings. Unfortunately, the American diet is deficient in chromium so supplements are essential.

The trivalent form of chromium has been found to be most effective for controlling sweet cravings, keeping energy levels up between meals and reducing appetite. Pantothenic acid should be added to help synthesize the essential fatty acids and cholesterol. Proper doses of vitamin C will help reduce the occurances of hypoglycemia. Spirulina can be used to avoid extreme changes in blood sugar levels. Take bee pollen to deal with fatigue. Glutamic acid also works well for fatigue and sugar cravings.

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    • HikeGuy profile image

      Bryce 

      7 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Thanks for the valuable information. I feel better on a whole foods diet. I eat primarily organic, no processed foods at all. So far, the only way I can stand spirulina is in smoothies.

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      whippy 

      7 years ago

      ty so much for the info!

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      Joanna Slodownik 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      The truth is the best diet for hyperglycemia is the same diet that is best for preventing diabetes, cancer common cold, and pretty much everything else. The great majority of what we eat - at least 70% of calories consumed or more - should come from unrefined plant sources - mostly fresh raw (or only lightly cooked) vegetables, lots of greens and fruits. If you just follow this one recommendation, you'd be surprised how many of your chronic problems will go away.

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Good explanation, Steve. Maybe if they put all those vitamins, etc., in one pill I might go for it. But I really don't want to go into the pharmacy business.

    • stevemark122000 profile imageAUTHOR

      stevemark122000 

      10 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comments everyone!

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      hot dorkage 

      10 years ago from Oregon, USA

      my mom had good results from switching from honey to agave nectar, small amounts of course. It supposely has lower glycemic index, which makes not such an insulin spike.

    • Nicki B profile image

      Nicki B 

      10 years ago from Orange County, Ca

      Thanks for this post, Steve. I am actually hypoglycemic and there have been one too many times that I end up nearly fainting or getting sick because I'm not getting the right nurtrients to my body. Thumbs up!

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      subamenu 

      10 years ago from Dubai

      Informations very useful as I am a diabetic.Thanku and expecting much more on this subject.

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