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The Number One Food That Fixes Hypoglycemia
Dr. Eric Berg
Today, I want to talk about fixing hypoglycemia.
What is hypoglycemia?
Hypoglycemia means the blood sugars go too low. Normally in the body, you should have blood sugars of 100.
What does that mean?
If you know a person whose weight is 180 lb, this person would have about 1 gallon and a half of blood in the entire body. The amount of sugar that would be diluted there to equal to 100 would be a teaspoon.
You don't have to eat sugar though. Your body can make sugar from protein and even from fat.
But we need this normal blood sugar to maintain fuel in the body. So, again, it should be 100. When it drops down below 70, that's when you get the symptoms of hypoglycemia.
Symptoms of hypoglycemia:
Cravings for sweets
Today, we'll talk about how to fix hypoglycemia or what's the best food for hypoglycemia.
Think of taking your kids grocery shopping when they're too hungry. They get irritable, right?
When you experience bouts of hypoglycemia and those blood sugars crash, it pushes you out of the present, and you won't think rationally, and you'll end up eating things you'll regret later.
What conventional medicine is doing wrong
Here's the problem. The doctors tell people to keep candy or glucose tablets in their pocket in case their blood sugars run low.
They are even telling this to diabetics.
Looking at this problem very superficially is what's wrong here.
But if you're taking medication and it's spiking blood sugar too high and then, they're coming down too fast, it could be that you're taking too much medication.
Rather than trying to correct it at the blood sugar level, why not take a little less to even it out?
Th at's one solution.
The Best Solution for Hypoglycemia
The next solution is to get out of the diet what triggers this in the first place - the sugars, refined carbohydrates, and foods that spike blood sugar like this.
I want to tell you an equally important thing - that's about the opposing hormone to insulin.
Insulin reacts to glucose and what it does is to lower blood sugar. So, there's a hormone that does the opposite that is made by the pancreas but this hormone is also made by the pancreas, and this is the missing piece.
It's called glucagon.
Glucagon: The Missing Link
Glucagon raises blood sugars while insulin lowers them. So what it does is that it mobilizes and releases stored sugar from your liver and even from the muscles.
So you have this thing called glycogen; that's stored sugar. Glucagon releases that to keep the sugars constant. So you have this constant thing where insulin and glucagon are working together.
So, now, here's th e question. Why don't we just increase glucagon, instead of eating candy?
That's because people don't understand what triggers glucagon.
The main food that triggers glucagon is protein, which can be the main food for hypoglycemia.
Moderate amounts of protein, not a lot, just a moderate amount. Three to five ounces of protein.
Protein triggers glucagon.
I had blood sugar issues when I was young and then one day for breakfast, instead of a carbohydrate breakfast, I decided to have protein. It was like a switch. Instantly, I could think again. I had clarity, not foggy like I used to be. That was because of this situation right here - it brought my blood sugar backup normally.
If you're doing a very low protein diet and not having protein with each meal, then you could be having a hypoglycemic reaction.
Another one - eating too much sugar.
Another one is that you're a diabetic who is taking too much medication.
Hypoglycemia is very easy to correct if you understand the need for protein.
I put some links down below for the eating plan for insulin resistance.
My biggest point here is don't reach for sugar to bring blood sugar back up - reach for protein instead.
As far as a meal goes, to really correct this, is not to have snacks between meals.
I know hypoglycemics are told to snack between meals, but instead, try adding fat to your meals - healthy fats like avocado or coconut oil or even some animal fats or butter, but the point is that if you do that, that won't spike insulin and you'll go longer without eating and experience less drops in blood sugar.
If you do that consistently, you can heal this whole mechanism.
It's also good for hyperglycemia, diabetes, pre-diabetes, etcetera.
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-Dr. Eric Berg