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Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia/Sugar Handling

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can cause fatigue, depression and sugar cravings. The history form you have filled out gives your practitioner a very good idea if you are hypoglycemic. You can verify it with laboratory tests, but hypoglycemia is easy to treat with diet.

Hypoglycemia is both a cause of certain health problems and the effect of other health problems. It can cause fatigue, depression, dizziness, sugar cravings, obesity, and headaches. It can be caused by dysbiosis, digestive problems, stress and adrenal problems, nutrient deficiency, allergies, and poor eating habits. Getting your blood sugar under control will help you to feel better. Your practitioner will help you with strategies and nutritional supplementation to balance your blood sugar, but he or she will also help you address the root causes. You can help this process by following certain dietary rules.

Glycemic Index

The glycemic index is a measure of how much blood sugar stress is inherent with a food. If a food has a high glycemic index, it will cause the body to produce a lot of insulin in response to its consumption. Commonly, an individual with hypoglycemia will produce too much insulin and the blood sugar will drop precipitously. The individual then craves sugar or carbohydrate to increase the blood sugar, which triggers more insulin and so on. Eating food with a low glycemic index and eating frequently will help to stop the sugar/insulin roller coaster. Generally, avoid foods with a glycemic index more than 95.

Food Categories

Index

Grains

White bread

100

Whole wheat bread

99

White rice

83

White pasta

66

Whole wheat pasta

61

Corn flakes

119

Shredded wheat

97

Rye bread

58

All‐bran cereal

73

Oatmeal

85

Potatoes

Baked potato

135

Instant potatoes

116

New potatoes

81

Yams

74

Sweet potato

70

Legumes

Sweet peas

74

Canned, baked beans

60

Kidney beans

54

Butter beans

52

Garbanzo beans

49

Lentils

43

Soy beans

20

Dairy Products

Yogurt

52

Whole milk

49

Skim milk

46

Ice cream

52

Fruit

Raisins

93

Banana

79

Orange juice

67

Orange

66

Grape

62

Apple

53

Pear

47

Peach

40

Grapefruit

36

Plum

34

Sweeteners

Maltose

152

Glucose

138

Honey

126

Sucrose

86

Fructose

30

It must be stressed that glycemic index is not the only consideration when choosing foods to improve hypoglycemia. Whole foods with all of the vitamin and mineral cofactors are important sources of the nutrients necessary for restoring the body’s biochemistry. Feel free to discuss this topic with your practitioner.

Protein Smoothie

Blend ingredients below to desired consistency:
1 cup favorite fruits (frozen berries, bananas, peaches, melons, etc.) Choose lower glycemic index fruits.
1 ‐ 2 scoops GamOctaProTM (Isolated Soy Protein, with FRAC®) or NutriClear® (Metabolic Clearing Formula) or NutriClear‐S® (Metabolic Clearing Formula in a Soy Base)
2 ‐ 3 cups of filtered water, almond, rice, or oat milks (avoid dairy or sweetened fruit juices) 1 tablespoon of Flax Seed Oil Caps (EFA Support) or Mixed EFAsTM (Special Fatty Acid Formulation)

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