Hypoglycemia symptoms cover a wide range of conditions from fatigue to irritability and lightheadness.

Your body has lost its ability to regulate sugar to create glucose (energy). The pancreas produces too much insulin due to chronic over stimulation. This causes a roller coaster of energy highs and lows.

The ongoing barrage of pancakes, chocolate and cheese cake has finally taken its toll on your body.

Consequently, you may be experiencing the following:

  • Intense cravings for sweets
  • If you miss a meal, you become irritated
  • Dependency on coffee to get you going
  • Become easily upset with slight provocation
  • Become disoriented or lightheaded if you miss a meal
  • Eat to try and relieve fatigue
  • Feel jittery or shaky
  • Blurred vision
  • Cranky in the morning
  • Headaches, and
  • Afternoon energy crash.

Sluggish Pituitary

Hypoglycemia is closely linked to all types of hypothyroidism due to sluggish pituitary function and iodine deficiency.

The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain. This is the main controlling agent for all hormonal function.

Symptoms of fatigue, fuzzy thinking and poor memory are also symptoms of iodine deficiency.

Individuals who have low thyroid function absorb glucose too slowly to feed the cells.

If your adrenals are fatigued from continual stress in your life, they lose the ability to supply the liver with hormones to release stored glucose into the blood stream for energy.

Eventually, the entire system breaks down and symptoms of iodine deficiency or low thyroid set in.

Other Factors to Consider

There are two types of hypoglycemia.

The classic hypoglycemia is perpetually low blood sugar. This is caused by a poor diet, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, and drug side effects.

Fortunately, this condition can be stabilized with proper diet.

Reactive Hypoglycemia

Signs of reactive hypoglycemia are easily recognizable.

Are you a a morning grouch who can't get going without a cup of coffee first? Then, you have reactive hypoglycemia. Your body has gone all night without food in your system. Your body is running on empty.

If you find yourself crashing around 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, you have reactive hypoglycemia. This happens when the blood sugar drops two to five hours after eating.

This is an early stage of insulin resistance - a precursor to diabetes.

Fortunately, this can be resolved through diet. The person who has these hypoglycemia symptoms typically misses meals.

She eats sugary foods; depends on caffeine for stimulation; craves sweets and salt; has a hard time waking up and complains of difficulty sleeping at night.

Again, proper, balanced diet is the key to alleviation of these hypoglycemia symptoms.

Hypoglycemia Symptoms - Diet Solution

Datis Kharrazsian, DHSc, DC, MS, author of "Why Do I Still have Thyroid Symptoms When My Test Labs are Normal" stresses that you must make a permanent life style change in your eating habits.

Overcoming the sometimes uncontrollable cravings for sugar and salt is a challenge, but it can be done.

Dr. Kharrazsian sets out the following basics to control the hypoglycemia symptoms caused by unstable blood sugar:

  • Eat a high quality protein breakfast eaten one hour after waking up.
  • Eat a small amount of protein every two to three hours such as nuts, seeds, boiled egg, cheese or meat; high protein snack or shake.
  • Find your carbohydrate tolerance and stick to it. A general rule of thumb is, if you become sleepy after eating carbohydrates or crave sugar after you eat, you've consumed too much.
  • If you do consume high sugar, counterbalance it with fiber, fat or protein. This allows the body to avoid insulin shock.
  • No sugar before bed. This will overly stress your
  • adrenal glands;
  • Avoid all fruit and carrot juice - way too much sugar.
  • Avoid all stimulants including coffee and decaffeinated coffee. Green tea is acceptable.
  • Eat a balanced diet of quality vegetable, meats and fats. No junk food.
  • Eliminate food allergens. These cause blood sugar instability and blood sugar surge. The most common allergens are gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, soy and yeast.
  • Eliminate parasites and toxicities including infections, heavy metals and chemicals. These all impact blood sugar and the thyroid function.
  • Any type of fasting should be monitored carefully. Fasting can be extremely detrimental to your health without proper monitoring by a qualified practitioner.
  • Ensure you have proper nutritional support.
  • Dr. Kharrazsian has established a fasting protocol which you might want to consider for correcting your blood sugar imbalance, hypoglycemia symptoms and insulin resistance conditions.

Breakfast Energy Stabilizer:

6 oz. of steel ground organic, oatmeal; 2 oz. of cottage cheese; a tablespoon of Carlson's fish oil; a serving of low sugar fruit with high protein whey flakes. No 11:00 AM energy crash!

Afternoon Energy Stabilizer: Three to five Brazil nuts avoids the 3:00 PM crash while supporting the thyroid with needed selenium.

You may want to learn about your cortisol levels to find out if this is a contributing factor to your hypoglycemia problems.

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