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The liver, adrenals, and pancreas regulate blood sugar, which is fuel for cells and the brain's only fuel.

When blood sugar is too low the adrenals stimulate the liver to release glycogen (dried glucose), which increases the amount of sugar. For high blood sugar, the pancreas secretes insulin to tell the liver to remove glucose from the blood and store it as glycogen.

Hypoglycemia occurs when too much insulin is secreted by the pancreas into the bloodstream or not enough glycogen is released. High blood sugar in adulthood is caused by the body's inability to use insulin properly.
Normal blood sugar is 70-120mg/dl. Normal blood sugar after an overnight fast (not eating anything after midnight) runs between 70-110mg/dl.

With low blood sugar, the adrenal glands need to be strengthened so they can tell the pancreas when to stop insulin production. See Adrenal glands.

Eating refined sugar or too many carbohydrates leads to excessive food craving and low blood sugar.

The same diet is recommended for those with high or low blood sugar: High fiber, fresh vegetables, lentils, beans, brown rice, oat bran, oats, lean meat, and EFA's. Avoid refined grains and sugar, caffeine, alcohol, saturated fats, and fruit or fruit juice; however, fresh fruit may be tolerated.

Many people are sensitive to carbohydrates. They find that if they eat carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index their blood sugar is stable.

This is because carbohydrates with a high GI index are converted to sugar faster, causing a rapid increase in insulin and blood sugar. See Glycemic Index under Term Definitions.

Chromium, manganese, magnesium, and B6 are all needed for controlling blood sugar.
One suggested herb combination for hypoglycemia to feed adrenal glands and pancreas and restore glandular function: Licorice root, cedar berries, juniper berries, wild yam root, dandelion. Take 2 capsules 3 times a day with water along with hypoglycemic diet.

Avoiding allergic foods is important because blood sugar metabolism may deviate when allergic foods are eaten, causing a rapid increase in blood sugar.

Exercise is important because exercise helps manage glucose metabolism. In order for hypoglycemia to be corrected, the organs of the body must regain proper functioning.

Eating lightly in the morning can provide surplus energy for the body to repair itself. See Food Combining under Therapies. In the case of hypoglycemia, the time allowed after breakfast before eating again will vary on the condition of the individual.

Korean ginseng or panax ginseng normalizes and stabilizes blood sugar. It helps restore muscle glycogen and high energy phosphate compounds to normal levels.


This article was published on Sunday 15 March, 2009.
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