cravings and low blood sugar
by Laura Zohman MA LDN CHT
Do you get dizzy, weak, fatigued or emotionally upset if you do not eat on time or miss a meal? Do you have intense cravings for sugar, alcohol, coffee, or cola. Is this worse when you are under stress? You may be experiencing low blood sugar otherwise known as hypoglycemia. About one person in ten has this condition. Some people know for sure, by taking a clinical Glucose Tolerance Test. Others are aware because of symptoms they may experience. Here some of the odd, varied symptoms.
POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA
CRAVINGS FOR SWEETS, ALCOHOL, COFFEE, COLA
HORMONE AND GLANDULAR CONNECTION
When we have too much (glucose) sugar in our blood, the pancreas overreacts by producing too much insulin which depletes the glucose level in the blood. This causes the body to require more food to raise the blood sugar level. Side effects of hypoglycemia can be malnutrition, hunger, overweight and cravings.
MECHANISM OF GLUCOSE BALANCING
Normally, there is a mechanism which protects us against the rapid drop of blood sugar caused by too much insulin. The adrenal glands secrete a hormone which begins the process to change glycogen back to glucose. If this glycogen conversion mechanism is not working well, there is Ω backup mechanism. This consists of the conversion of amino acids and triglycerides (storage fat) into fuel. Amino acids are capable of converting to glucose but at the expense of tissue repair, enzyme and hormone production etc. All of these mechanisms are based on hormones, primarily adrenal hormones. Many are convinced that hypoglycemia is the result of hypoadrenia (low adrenal function). Sluggish adrenals will slow the conversion of glycogen to glucose in time of need, thus the craving for something sweet becomes overpowering.
ANXIETY AND STRESS CAN CAUSE LOW BLOOD SUGAR.
The good news is - this pattern can be altered. The bad news is - you must pay attention, and take action. There are dietary and lifestyle changes necessary to overcome this situation. To find out more regarding resolving this condition - Make an appointment with Laura.