Hypoglycemia is when your blood glucose levels drop too low and your body and brain can't function properly. Reactive hypoglycemia is when your (a non-diabetic person) blood glucose level drops too low within 2-4 hours after a meal in reaction to the foods you ate; usually refined and processed foods, and your body or brain can't function properly. This condition is often the result of a malfunctioning pancreas or liver due to a diet high in refined sugar. Want to learn more? Start Here.
The symptoms of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar are many and may be mistaken for other illnesses. A visit to your health care professional is advised. Very low blood sugar is a medical emergency.
These are the most common to the most severe symptoms of hypoglycemia, which vary from person to person:
- Excessive sweating
- Blurred vision or double vision
- Cold hands and feet
- Shakiness, trembling
- Poor coordination
- Lack of focus and concentration
- Excessive hunger
- A relentless craving for sweets
- Depression, anxiety
- Crying spells
- Mental confusion
- Irritability and mood swings
- Outbursts of temper
- Heart palpitations
- Fast or pounding heartbeat
- Slurred speech
Questions to Ask Yourself
Do you feel excessively hungry, even a few hours after a meal?
Do you become dizzy or light headed within 2-4 hours of a meal?
Do you experience blurry vision or the inability to focus your eyes properly?
Do you feel a disconnect with life due to a constant brain fog or fuzzy head?
Do you experience severe emotional stress that won't go away?
Are you irritable, confused, or unable to concentrate after not having a meal for a few hours?
Do you often wake between 2 and 3:00am with an intense hunger, inability to sleep, or severe leg and muscle cramps?
Do you crave sugary foods and sweets regularly?
Is there an excess of refined sugar, processed foods, junk foods, and fast foods in your diet?
Do you lack exercise and physical activity in your lifestyle?
Do you lack a nutritional diet of an adequate supply of whole foods and plant life such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds?
Do you lack protein in your diet?
Have you been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity? These may be related issues.