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How Hypoglycemia Affects Your Mood Swings

 

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Hypoglycemia is the fancy name for low blood sugar level. Hypoglycemia occurs when:

Your body’s sugar (glucose) is used up too quickly

Glucose is released into the bloodstream too slowly

Too much insulin is released into the bloodstream

 

Although it is most common in people with diabetes, it can happen for healthy people from time to time as well, especially when there is big fluctuation in blood sugar level, or if a person hasn’t eaten for a long period of time.

Skipping meals, not eating enough during meal, genetic tendency for low blood sugar and not compensating by adding extra meals or snacks can all contribute to hypoglycemia.
There are a few ways to alleviate mood issues caused by hypoglycemia:
Eat meals that are low in glycemic load: substitute refined grains with whole grains, include a generous amount of vegetables, and a moderate amount of protein and good fats which can slow down the absorption of carbs.
To keep blood sugar level even, experiment with having 5 – 6 small meals or snacks a day, instead of 3 big meals.
Avoid as much as possible processed foods, and anything that contains sugar and refined carbohydrates.
If you need extra help with balancing blood sugar level, there are a few things that you can take to supplement your nutritional intake.

The basics are:
Good multivitamin to deal with backlog of deficiencies
Vitamin C
Essential fatty acid – fish oil supplement, omega 3

Be well!

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Dana Dinnawi

Dana Dinnawi is an Integrative Nutrition health coach specializing in empowering women to improve their health and family life. She received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. She can be reached through her website and Facebook page.

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