Hypoglycemia is becoming more and more prevalent today. The sad part is, most people aren’t aware this is an issue for them, nor do they know how to remedy the situation. Unchecked, hypoglycemia can lead to deeper insulin resistance such as pre-diabetes and even diabetes. Are you someone suffering from hypoglycemia and want to recover? Is the possibility of diabetes in the future a concern for you?
What is Hypoglycemia?
Reactive Hypoglycemia = Low blood glucose due to an over-reactive attempt of the body to control increasing blood sugar levels (due to a refined carbohydrate/high glycemic diet). Hypoglycemia is a condition involving complex interrelations between the pancreas, adrenal glands and the liver. The liver helps with short term blood sugar control due to its store of glycogen and its ability to raise blood sugar when it begins to drop. The adrenal glands, due to the cortisol and other stress hormones, will help raise blood sugar in a crisis. There are different patterns of hypoglycemia. One type you’ll find in a person that wakes up ravenous and needs to eat every 2 hours, as well as craves sugar and carbohydrates. This person cannot deal without eating every 2 hours. This type has more to do with an inability to store glycogen in the liver. The overnight reserves of glucose are very low and this person ends up waking up hungry in the middle of the night, or starving first thing in the morning. Another type will wake up groggy and need several cups of coffee to get started and can then go hours without eating. In the evening this person can eat a huge meal and then pass out. They end up feeling lousy on the weekends -they are driven by stress and when the schedule of the work week is gone they feel terrible. This pattern is suggestive of a difficulty releasing glycogen from the liver until the liver is stimulated by cortisol. Cortisol stimulates the liver to release stored glycogen, without it this person cannot keep up. Ultimately, hypoglycemia is very debilitating, and causes many people to live on a carb induced roller coaster ride. Hypoglycemia can cause fatigue, depression, dizziness, headaches, shakiness/trembling, light-headedness when rising too quickly and more. (Source: ‘Signs & Symptoms: Analysis from a Functional Perspective. Dicken Weatherby)
Suffering With Hypoglycemia
In the fall of 2009, I found myself struggling deeply with hypoglycemia. I could not leave the house without a water bottle and a snack. I would get irritable, lightheaded, and dizzy if I didn’t eat every 2 hours. I was a slave to eating around the clock. I couldn’t go into large buildings without feeling woozy and almost losing my vision. I had to drink water, eat protein and fat or I’d almost pass out. I had suffered with mild hypoglycemia on and off for many years, but this brief season of my life was intense. It was very debilitating as well as disheartening, and could have been potentially disastrous had I not resolved it.
I realized I need to eat more protein and fat and less carbohydrates and sugar. 2009 was the year I started to eat more healthy fat in my diet, after being liberated to do so through lots of research (namely through the Weston A. Price Foundation). As I learned to eat hearty breakfasts, more protein and fat, along with ditching excess carbs/sugars I began to see a major shift in my symptoms. It wasn’t until I went low carb, ditched gluten along with other things did my hypoglycemic symptoms go away. Not only that, but I was able to eat 3 meals a day and not need snacks. That was very freeing in and of itself. It’s no fun to have to constantly feed yourself to keep up your energy and have your blood sugar not dip down so low. I became a fat burner instead of a sugar burner, which I like to compare to putting logs on a fire vs. kindling. It was very empowering to know how to manage my blood sugar and prevent myself from deeper insulin resistance. Not only that, but I was able to shed the last of the excess weight I was carrying from baby #4, and likely all the stress I had been under for years.
On The Other Side
What resulted from me getting my hypoglycemia under control was profound indeed. Not only was my health and energy greatly improved, my finances benefited too. I no longer had to eat a ton all day long and have convenient snacks to take along with me wherever I went. I could eat a lot less and stay satiated much longer. This freed up my budget quite a bit. My overall well being was impacted, my sleep was better, I became much happier and my home life shifted because of these physical changes as well. I was able to be a much kinder mom and not snap so easily at my kids. I found I had more patience/stamina and willingness to help my young children rather than want to hide out in my room and try to ‘rest’. I can’t imagine what it would have cost me and my family had I not gotten this under control. I suspect it would have made it hard for me to hold down a job or work at my full potential. I know it would have cost me a great deal in time, money and stress. I could have potentially become further insulin resistant and on the road to pre-diabetes had I kept up how I was eating and living. The energy and freedom I obtained through managed blood sugar came as a major surprise to me. I felt like I had the energy to take on just about anything life threw at me. Can you put a price or value on that feeling? I don’t think so.
You Can Recover Too
The beauty of my story is that now I am teaching others just how to get their health on track and recover from things like hypoglycemia and deeper insulin resistance. I was so affected by my own path of recovery I decided to get a certification in nutritional therapy so I could help others on their own path towards wellness. I’ve had many clients regain their energy, vigor and stamina within just a few short weeks after working with me. They were amazed at how good they felt ready to take on new things. It’s a breath of fresh air to get hypoglycemia managed. Unfortunately, conventional medicine often encourages people manage their symptoms of hypoglycemia by reaching for sugar to bring up their blood sugar. This will not resolve the issue and only make it worse down the road. For those of you who are reading this and wanting help to get your life back on track, take some time to check out the details of my online course; ‘Revitalize Your Health’. I will teach you the basics on how to get started on the right path towards getting yourself stable, retrieving your energy, refreshing your sleep and much more. This course could change your life. Invest in yourself today, you are totally worth it!
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Lydia Joy Shatney is a certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Additionally, she is the chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation in Delaware County, Pa. (Find the group here on Facebook). Lydia is also a member of the Nourished Living Network. Lydia founded Divine Health in March of 2010. You can find Lydia on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.
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