Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar is an issue that is actually common, particularly in women.
You may have hypoglycemia if:
- You crave sugar and/or caffeine in between meals.
- You eat compulsively when nervous or stressed.
- You are irritable before meals.
- You get shaky, weak, nauseous or light-headed between meals.
- You wake at night and it is difficult to go back to sleep.
- You have trouble concentrating or have poor memory.
- You become anxious for no apparent reason,
- You are moody and / or depressed.
- You have difficulty making decisions.
- You get dizzy or weak if you stand up too fast.
- You have chronically low blood pressure.
- Your fasting glucose (blood sugar) is below 80.
You may also be low in B vitamins. This is very common with hypoglycemia.
You are low in B vitamins if:
- You have a slow or irregular pulse.
- You have low blood pressure.
- You have irregular heart beat.
- You are worried, anxious and sometimes highly emotional.
- You are sensitive to noises and / or smells.
- You are constantly fatigued.
- You wake up at night an can’t get back to sleep.
- You have weak digestion (gas and bloating).
- You have slow reflexes.
- You may have a tendency towards varicose veins and / or hemorrhoids.
- You have headaches.
- You have itchy skin.
- You are sensitive to insect bites.
- You have no stamina.
- Your muscles feel weak.
While you might not have all of the symptoms on theses 2 lists, if you have a lot of them, it might be worth taking some nutrients that are commonly deficient when these patterns are present. I recommend a multi-vitamin that is actually formulated with extra zinc and B vitamins, along with glandular extracts that support the adrenal and pituitary glands.
For the B vitamin deficiency, you will want to make sure you get a product that has phosphorylated B’s that are easy for the body to use with a high thiamine ratio.
You will also have to manage your diet to get away from high glycemic foods. These include products made with white sugar, white flour, high fructose corn syrup and other highly processed foods. You will need to eat small regular meals that include high quality protein. It will also be helpful to take an omega 3 supplement that contains GLA.
Remember that the right nutrients will help you get back in balance, while the wrong ones will just exacerbate the imbalance.
Margaret Durst owns The Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason, Texas. www.naturalcowgirl.wordpress.com