Do you get snarky when you’re hungry? Have you ever seen a child misbehave when they need to eat?
Look for the patterns, and you’ll figure this out. You might discover that your blood sugar dropped.
Low blood sugar has been shown to have serious, progressive effects on your brain and central nervous system. Behavioral changes and emotional reactions are the result because your brain is out of fuel for energy and balance.
You aren’t neurotic. Your kids may not be ADD/ADHD. Your elderly parent may not be demented. You may simply be hypoglycemic – and this can change your personality for the worse.
What do you do?
Stop The Drop
You want to get some food inside of you quickly, but don’t grab a simple sugar snack like a cookie or donut, stay away from diet sweetener products like sugar-free gum or diet cola, and grab a quick complex carb instead, like an apple, or eat some protein, like fresh nuts or a piece of chicken, to stop the drop.
Grab a healthy snack or drink that will quickly digest:
- ½ cup fruit juice
- a piece of fruit
- a few whole wheat crackers
- a cup of yogurt
- a tablespoon of almond butter
If you do this before your blood sugar crashes, your mood shouldn’t deteriorate, and you should stay calm.
Dr. Seale Harris first discovered hypoglycemia in 1924 at the time insulin was first discovered. Unlike diabetes, hypoglycemia has never been taken seriously as a root source of many health problems.
Diabetes is a big industry, so it gets a lot of attention. And, diabetes is the mirror-opposite of hypoglycemia – hypoglycemia requires no medication, such as insulin needed for diabetes.
When you have diabetes, you have high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) and/or low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) from time to time. This is why it is common for people with diabetes have blood sugar swings. A cold, the flu, or a sudden illness can also cause high blood sugar levels.
Hypoglycemia can be completely controlled with a proper diet, as can some forms of diabetes, but a lifetime of pharmaceuticals are typically recommended for diabetes.
Your brain and nervous system depend on blood sugar to function. Your supply needs to meet the demand, so if you don’t have enough sugar to fuel your brain, your brain can crash.
Low blood sugar can easily be misdiagnosed as mental issues or behavioral issues like bi-polar, depression, and ADHD.
If you crash rapidly
If your blood sugar falls rapidly to a point below normal, your health symptoms are based on the production of epinephrine (adrenaline). The symptoms include:
- rapid heartbeat
- feeling of fear or anxiety
If you crash slowly
If your blood sugar drops slowly over a period of time, some symptoms are:
- blurred vision
- mental confusion
- double vision
- incoherent speech
If you crash over a period of time
If hypoglycemia persists over a period of time, behavior can be affected:
- outburst of temper
- extreme depression
- prolonged sleepiness
- personality changes
- emotional instability
- violent behavior
It’s All In Your Head
Most of these health symptoms will not show up on traditional medical tests, so if your doctor tells you that your health concerns are due to stress or that it’s all in your head, try keeping your blood sugar from dropping and see if this fixes your worries.
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