One of the least recognised disorders of modern life – and one of the most common – is hypoglycaemia, or low levels of glucose in the blood. As with most health problems, hypoglycaemia does not just happen to us – we bring it upon ourselves, through our lifestyle and eating habits.
Balancing blood sugar is a key to good health, so it’s something I particularly focus on in my practice. The aim of the treatment is to keep the blood sugar even at all times and thereby reduce the stress imposed by fluctuating glucose levels.
ARE YOU A LOW BLOOD SUGAR PERSON?
If you answer ‘Yes’ to two or more of the following questions, the likelihood is that you have low blood sugar.
- Do you often have an irresistible desire to nibble between meals, usually on something sweet or starchy, or have a dependence on cigarettes or alcohol to deliver a boost as your mood darkens or energy flags?
- Do you find it difficult to stop once you start to nibble, puff or tipple?
- Are you ravenous by dinnertime and then tend to over-eat?
- Do you tend to be ‘flat’ in the morning and have to gee yourself up?
- Do you eat quickly?
- Are you constipated?
- Do you tend to skip meals and then feel almost weak or dizzy with hunger?
- Do you often feel ‘low’ and look at yourself hyper-critically?
- Do you tend to procrastinate, putting off until the day after tomorrow what could easily be done today?
THE GLYCAEMIC INDEX: THE BLOOD-SUGAR BALANCING ACT
Learn more here about why you should eat low-GI foods to balance your blood sugar.