Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Reactive Hypoglycemia Diet - The Key to Relief

If you suffer from reactive hypoglycemia, then you know just how much of a pain the symptoms of this frustrating disorder can be. - The moodiness, the anxiety, the hunger pangs, the fatigue, the heart racing, the dizziness, the tremors and the list goes on. So how do you control the disorder? Do you absolutely have to take medication? Do you have to rely on chemicals to treat your symptoms rather than treating the disorder naturally? Well honestly, you don't! You can alleviate the symptoms naturally. - And get remarkable relief at the same!
As you know, reactive hypoglycemia is a condition that occurs 1 to 4 hours after taking in a high-carb load. This tells us one thing; that this disorder is directly caused by eating and/or diet. So that also tells us another thing, this condition can be fixed and the symptoms can be alleviated through proper diet. Does that sound about right? Well it did to me! - And it is what helped me end the battle with RH.
With reactive hypoglycemia, when you eat simple carbohydrates like white bread, candy, cake, white potatoes etc., your blood sugar spikes significantly. When this happens, your insulin levels surge and continue to surge even past the point of "stable" blood sugar levels. This is when the clinically defined reactive hypoglycemia symptoms kick in due to low blood sugar. (The symptoms mentioned above.) So the trick is to eat foods that do not spike blood sugar and/or to eat foods that only permit blood sugar levels to rise slowly.
Foods that don't spike blood sugar include whole grains, peanut butter, nuts, cheeses, steak, chicken, fish, pork, bacon, berries, certain vegetables and more. With reactive hypoglycemia it's always best to eat a meal that is well-balanced with complex carbs, protein and fiber. For example, a great meal for someone suffering from this disorder would be chicken and brown rice with a serving of green beans. For even more information on foods that are great for people with RH to eat, research foods that are "low glycemic".
Now, we all know it's virtually impossible to go our whole lives without another piece of chocolate, another piece of grandma's cake and other great desserts. So, if you plan on having one of these desserts, make sure you have it after a well-balanced meal. Never eat a piece of cake or pie all by itself. This will definitely cause you have a reactive hypoglycemic episode.
Be well, eat well!

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