Reactive Hypoglycemia looks like:
Sweating, headaches, Feeling Faint, Pale skin, Shakiness, Nausea, need to eat every few hours.(2)
Poor Insulin Sensitivity, Adrenal Fatigue, And poor management of Blood Sugar.
Unfortunately, due to SAD and lack of a central family, we are seeing Insulin Resistance occur as young as 4 years of age. This is a recent development, but comes with the increase in fast food, expansion of the aisles of processed goods, increased sugar, and poor management of children’s behavior. It is thought that at least one third (1/3rd) of Americans, even those that appear healthy, are insulin resistant. (3)
Insulin Resistance is a Hormone Imbalance. It is basically the body’s rejection of a hormone at the cellular level. This is important primarily because the entire job of insulin is to shuttle Blood Glucose from the Blood into the Muscle where it can be used for energy. If this does not happen, the body will store sugar as fat. This means that Obesity is a Hormone Dysfunction. If we can fix the hormone issue, we can fix the obesity issue.
What else goes wrong with insulin resistance?
Glucose is free to move around. EVERY blood vessel in the body has a corresponding nerve. Glucose is Toxic to Nerves. They actually prefer Ketones.
The Exposure to glucose is what causes neuropathy. So, if you are someone who suffers from Hangry and weird tingling in the hands or feet, it is likely you have insulin resistance.
What the American Diabetes Association has to say:
Insulin resistance and Diabetes are a PROGRESSIVE disorder. This disorder happens due to the lack of the body’s response to insulin. It requires that a person eat every few hours to maintain blood glucose. They will eventually need insulin to manage said blood glucose and increasing doses over time.
So What if they are wrong? What if you fasted, taught the body to function on Ketones?
What if you lost weight? What if you felt Less Brain Fog? What if you didn’t need the insulin? 2 short years ago it would have saved you $2000-$3000/year. The cost of insulin, a drug that the pharmaceutical industry and the ADA says is life sustaining, had gone to over $300/unit. In 2021 congress had to step in and voted to cap insulin at $35/month. That is still $420/year. And the government has a say in your health. The same government that helped write the food guide pyramid.
The one that says you need more processed grains than real food.
Are you comfortable with that?
This is a REAL disorder. It basically occurs with time, but can occur due to an illness. The adrenal glands sit on the kidneys. They produce cortisol in response to stress. The stress should be short lived and easily managed. The state of chronic stress that we are in now has made this disorder so common that no one knows what normal is anymore.
You shouldn’t need a cup of stimulants to get going in the morning.
You shouldn’t need caffeine or food between lunch and dinner to get through the afternoon slump
You should be able to wake up easily without an alarm
You should have enough stored energy to get you to at least 4 hours of being awake before stimulants or food are needed.
Normally, you would wake up and around 30 minutes later your cortisol would spike and hold. Then it would start to slowly decrease over a 12 hour window.
At the end of the 12 hour window your body would start producing melatonin and you would want to sleep.
What is actually happening in most of the population:
Cortisol spike occurs but is approximately 1/3 of normal. Then it declines so rapidly that melatonin starts being produced around 6 hours after waking.
When stress comes you should see a short spike. What we see clinically is that the spike does not occur.
How does it relate to Reactive Hypoglycemia?
Normally: those little spikes to stress would allow adrenaline and cortisol to carry you to the next meal without Hangry.
Since your body is starting off in the rear of taxes, it can not carry you.
The adrenal glands control the thyroid. Or the Engine. Not enough gas, the engine stops.
So How do we fix it?
I run a program to do exactly this.
5 Steps to Stop Hangry:
Better known as Reactive hypoglycemia
1. Fast. The hunger and satiety ( I’m Full) Hormones function on a 12 hour window. You should aim to eat in 10 hours of the day or less. 3-4 days a week you should aim to eat in 8 hours or less. You should also stop eating 2-3 hours prior to bed. This allows your body to work on digesting food prior to bedtime so it can work on restoring your body while you sleep.
2. Water: Depending on where you live in the country you need 80-120 oz of water. More if you exercise a lot or work a manual labor job. The first thing you take in during the day should be 32 oz of lukewarm water that has a pinch of sea salt or electrolytes that don’t have added sweeteners and lemon in it. This is to help flush out the toxins from the liver and the Kidneys that your body worked on overnight.
3. Don’t drink caffeine, especially if you need all the garbage in it, until you have been awake for at least 2 hours. This gives your adrenal glands a chance to come on-line and start healing. This allows your body to restore normal cortisol levels. This allows your Thyroid to function better. This allows your brain to understand the world before you stimulate it. For those of you who use your morning cup of joe to Poop, we have some other things to discuss regarding your gut.
4. Protein. Each meal you have should contain a clean, lean source of protein that is 4-8 ounces, depending on your size, amount of physical activity and your health state.
5. Vegetables and Fruit: you need 15 servings or 7.5 cups of vegetables and 5 servings or 2.5 cups of fruit Each Day. That means that you likely need 6 ounces of vegetables and 4 ounces of fruit at each meal, plus snacks that consist of fruits and veggies.
6. Healthy Fats: Nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, Pistachios. Fruits like Avocado. Oils like Olive, Coconut, and Avocado. every day should be eating in no more than 1/2 cup. Total.
7. Eat with patience. Take time to chew your food. Sit down and eat the meal. Take a walk afterwards.
8. Don’t drink more than 8 ounces with your meal.
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1 U.S. Department of Agriculture, “2012 Census Highlights: Farm Economics,” ACH12-2, May 2014. See also Environmental Working Group, Farm Subsidy Database, https://farm.ewg.org.
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