Hypoglycemia can make a person feel he is losing his mind, causing confusion, mental imbalance, emotional outbursts, and sudden changes, low moods appearing when blood sugar dips, fears, and forgetfulness. It causes the shakes, general lack of energy, heart palpitations, and the constant need to lie down—but often causing insomnia. Other symptoms include blurry vision and the sudden desire for food (especially sweets) to bring the blood sugar back up. Then, for awhile, a person can feel normal until it starts up again.
Causes of Hypoglycemia
There are two types of hypoglycemia: conditioned hypoglycemia and reactive hypoglycemia. When a person with conditioned hypoglycemia eats foods high in refined sugar or starch, the resulting spike in blood sugar causes the pancreas to produce too much insulin, which converts sugar into energy. This pulls too much blood sugar out of circulation and results in that tired, out of it feeling that accompanies low blood sugar. A person with reactive hypoglycemia initially experiences an extremely high spike in blood sugar before it plummets. For someone with reactive hypoglycemia, the unpleasant symptoms of muscle cramps, nausea, sweating, dizziness, and even fainting, are a result of the rapid change in blood sugar levels, rather than the low level itself. Reactive hypoglycemia is, unfortunately, often a precursor to Type 2 diabetes.
Low cortisol levels when the adrenal glands have been pushed too far over a long period of time can lead to low blood sugar. This can be caused by too much stress or caffeine.
Treatments for Hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia is an easy condition to lick when you start your day with protein the size of your fist and two 12 ounce glasses of purified water, preferably drunk at least 20 minutes before your meal. Stay away from the simple carbohydrates and sugar. Once the protein is on board in the morning, the desire for sweets will dissipate. Sugar craving is usually a protein deficiency.
Take care of any Candida infection, as this will also cause a strong sugar and simple carbohydrate craving in order to feed the yeast/fungus. Many people think they have hypoglycemia and then find their blood sugars levels are fine. Avoiding sugary foods to kill off Candida can cause false hypoglycemia, as the Candida causes the same symptoms in order to nudge a person towards consuming more sugar for it to survive.
- Add 150 mg of adrenal cortex extract, 500 mg of pantothenic acid, and 1,000 mg of vitamin C in the morning, and 500 mg of pantothenic acid and 1,000 mg of vitamin C just before bed with a glass of water. Follow this regimen for six weeks and the stars and lightheadedness that occurs when you get up quickly from a sitting position (caused when your orthostatic, or standing, blood pressure drops) will be gone, along with difficulty concentrating, and the other assorted symptoms. (If you experience dizziness upon standing but your blood sugar is normal, drink more water, add salt for low blood pressure, and try an iron supplement for possible anemia.)
- Chromium picolinate (200 mcg with food) helps stabilize blood sugar, since it helps transport glucose from the bloodstream to the cells that need it for energy.
- If you have hypoglycemia, you should, of course, avoid refined white sugar and refined starches, alcohol, and fruit, as well as caffeine. Even decaffeinated coffee, tea, and soft drinks may have too much caffeine (trace amounts) for hypoglycemics.