Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is defined as a low level of glucose (blood sugar) in the bloodstream. It can be caused by an overproduction of insulin or by a malfunction of the adrenal glands. The former results in too rapid a utilization of glucose by the body’s cells, while the latter results in overstressed adrenal glands.

A person with low blood sugar will usually show one or more of the following symptoms: a strong craving for sweets or starches; emotional ups and downs; tiredness most of the time, especially in the late afternoon or after eating; stress; easy blow-ups; tiredness upon waking, even with a full night’s sleep; difficulty in getting to sleep even when tired; frequent headaches. Hypoglycemia is extremely common in North America because of our diets and our stress levels. Some authorities estimate it to affect as much as 40% of the population!

Recommended Action

The most important things for low blood sugar (LBS) are: avoid sweets, alleviate the stress, and lessen the over activity of the pancreas. The therapy that I strongly support is a high proportion of complex carbohydrates, with mixed high quality proteins. The diet should contain between 15 – 20 % protein; 5 – 10% saturated fats (butter and animal fats); 30 – 35 % mono and polyunsaturated fats (olive, fish and hemp oils); 35 – 50% carbohydrates. Over half of these carbohydrates should be made up of fruits, vegetables and beans comprising 20 – 30% of the entire diet; breads pasta, rice, couscous, polenta, bulgur, other grains and potatoes make up 15 – 20 % of the entire diet, or less than half of the allowable carbohydrates. In the Diet section you will find the Complex Carbohydrate Diet that we suggest for people with LBS problems. It is quite important for these people to eat regularly, so we suggest three meals a day with three snacks. Surprisingly, in doing so, a person will often lose rather than gain weight.

(See also Syndrome X and Candida; Fill in Questionnaire Section)

Single Herbs: Devil’s Club, Cedar Berries (pancreas); Licorice Root, Uva Ursi leaves or Siberian Ginseng (adrenals), Garlic.

Combinations: Glucose Formula, Four Ginsengs.

Nutritional Supplements: B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Multivitamins and minerals, Nucleic acid, Zinc, Chromium (picolinate).

Suggested Program

Follow the Complex Carbohydrate Diet.

Breakfast: B complex (1 tablet), Syn X (2 capsules), Ener-Jazz (2 capsules), Reishi extract (2 capsules), Multivitamins and minerals (1 tablet), Chromium (1 tablet, if indicated).
Morning Snack: Vitamin C (500 mg).
Lunch: Vitamin E (400 IU), Vitamin C (500 mg), Syn X (2 capsules), Ener-Jazz (2 capsules).
Afternoon Snack: Vitamin C (500 mg).
Supper: Same as breakfast.
Evening Snack: Vitamin C (500 mg).