ou’ve had a rough start to your morning, you hit the snooze button one too many times and now you are running late for your 9 am call with lukewarm coffee and half a spoonful more of sugar because you need to get through with some measure of focus. Forget breakfast, you can’t even think about eating with the mile-long to-do list for the day. By the time 12:30 rolls around, you’ve hit a wall, hungry, irritable, and feeling the need to grab another cup of coffee so you can focus. Enter, hypoglycemia.
Improperly managed blood sugar impacts hormone levels in several ways. Simple sugars founded in processed foods and sweets impact the function of the most powerful hormone in the body, insulin. High insulin levels can increases testosterone levels and as our cells become less sensitive to this hormone, insulin resistance can occur, resulting in reproductive health disorders such as PCOS.
Symptoms of blood sugar dysregulation include:
- Severe emotional highs and lows, especially in the 10 days leading up to the start of your new cycle
- Cravings for sweets or refined carbs
- brain fog or the inability to focus
- dizziness, headaches
If you regularly skip meals or reach for short term sweet fixes to address lagging energy levels then you may also be experiencing hypoglycemia regularly.
You can avoid hypoglycemia by:
- Eliminating refined sugar and simple carbohydrates from the diet
- Increasing fiber intake
- Reducing coffee intake
- Supplement with chromium, a mineral that is an essential component of the Glucose Tolerance factor and that is often depleted by diets high in sugars and processed foods
So the next time you’re experiencing a craving, reach for a Granny Smith Apple, a low glycemic index fruit with plenty of fiber to help balance sugar levels.