11 Symptoms Of Low Blood Sugar And How You Can Prevent Them
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11 Symptoms Of Low Blood Sugar And How You Can Prevent ThemIncluding One Simple Recipe
When I was in high school, I remember experiencing mood swings and cravings throughout the day. I thought something was wrong with me, until a nutritionist told me I had symptoms of hypoglycemia -- low blood sugar. I was so intrigued that I began studying nutrition and how it affects the mind and body. It wasn’t until later in my research that I’d learn low blood sugar is actually a type of brain emergency (the brain goes into shut down or stress mode).
Beyond the brain, hypoglycemia is a major stressor for the body and can cause a variety of other symptoms that seem unrelated to blood sugar. This can make it difficult to recognize, especially if you have a health condition that has disconnected you from your feeling of natural hunger.
Here are some symptoms of low blood sugar:
1. Irritability or temper tantrums
5. Blurred vision
6. Inability to make decisions
7. Lack of willpower
9. Fatigue or feeling depleted
10. Depression, worry, anxiety, mood swings, crying spells, nervousness
Here are some contributors to low blood sugar:
- Poor digestion (allergies, leaky gut, constipation)
- Processed food
- Sugar-rich diet (refined sugars, sugary carbs and high fructose corn syrup)
- High grain, carb, flour, or starchy food diet
- High stress or chronic low-grade stress
- Mineral deficiency
- Chronic inflammation
- Skipping meals or calorie-restrictive dieting
- Vigorous exercise
- Being energetically sensitive (if you are a highly sensitive person, intuitive or psychic, you may experience blood sugar swings as you pick up energy)
Tips to resolve blood sugar issues:
- Reduce or eliminate refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup
- Eat cultured foods (like raw sauerkraut and kimchi in brine, not vinegar)
- Sip bone broth and vegetable broths
- Add minerals to your water (the easiest way to do this is to add ¼ teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan salt to 8 ounces of water)
- Use real sea salt/pink Himalayan salt instead of table salt
- Carry healthy snacks so you can eat whenever you feel the onset of symptoms (snacks that are rich in protein and healthy fats are best)
- Take quiet, still time each day to calm your system (yoga, meditation, deep breathing
Here’s my quick, delicious blood sugar balancer recipe to get you started. This recipe is full of digestion-enhancing spices, brain-healthy fat, and grounding minerals:
- 1 cup raw organic grass fed butter, softened at room temperature (you can substitute coconut oil if you are vegetarian or vegan)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 tablespoon Manuka honey
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Blend completely with a fork or in your blender.
- Store in your refrigerator.
- Consume 1 tablespoon between meals to balance blood sugar.
- Store in an easy-to-carry container for work or days out.
When your blood sugar is balanced, you feel grounded and at peace, you make better decisions, and your willpower improves. Now that’s a beautiful way to go through your day!
To learn more, see my book with Louise Hay, The Bone Broth Secret - A Culinary Adventure in Health, Beauty, and Longevity and call in to my HayHouseRadio.com Show - Loving Yourself To Great Health on Mondays 3-4 PM PST.