Manage Low Blood Sugar Naturally
There’s an alarming epidemic of diabetes in America, a disease that causes people to struggle with the dangerous effects of high blood sugar and insulin resistance issues, but as dangerous as high blood sugar is, a healthy body isn’t seeking low blood sugar levels; it requires balanced blood sugar levels. Another side to the imbalanced blood sugar conversation has to do with low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia. This can also be prevalent among those dealing with diabetes, but it can stand alone as a diagnosis among those who never have high blood sugar levels.
Hypoglycemia might be less frequently talked about, but the condition is just as serious as having high blood sugar (or hyperglycemia) and can result in critical conditions such as seizures, coma and even death. The first step is to determine if you have low blood sugar levels in the first place by having your blood sugar levels checked. All adults should have blood sugar level checks included in their annual physical examinations even if they don’t seem to have any risk factors or may not have noticed any of the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar. Sometimes imbalanced blood sugar levels can be present even without any discernible or bothersome signs and symptoms, which leads some people not to bother checking their levels.
Some of the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia include:
- Extreme hunger
- Moodiness and irritability
- Shakiness and dizziness
- Chills and clammy skin
- Heart palpitations / rapid heart rate
- Headaches and nausea
- Low energy / lethargy
- Excessive sleeping
- Passing out
One of the most effective things you can do is work to prevent blood sugar spikes and dips in the first place before hypoglycemia or hypoglycemia even become issues for you. You do this by eating a natural whole foods diet comprised of ample amounts of fresh vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, grass-fed meat and fish.. Eliminating processed, packaged, canned and “fast foods” laden with chemicals and processed unnaturally along with reducing or eliminating the consumption of empty calories from refined sugar and processed flours will go a long way towards maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
Additionally, eating small meals frequently can help maintain balanced blood sugar levels. Ideally this means eating six small meals per day that include proteins and fresh vegetables and other whole foods. Portion control is very important, and that not only means ensuring that you don’t eat too much but that you also eat enough to sustain healthy blood sugar levels.
There are certain supplements that can be effective in helping to maintain balanced blood sugar as well, including some protein powders, B-vitamins, sea vegetables, antioxidants, soluble fiber, multivitamin, probiotics, magnesium and chromium. Some herbal supplements may also be effective such as green tea and holy basil.
If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms above or if do suspect that you may be dealing with low blood sugar or any other blood sugar imbalance, do have your blood sugar levels checked and consult with a physician on these results to determine a treatment plan appropriate to your individual needs.