Blood Sugar Level

Blood Sugar LevelYour body uses a very simple form of sugar called glucose as its basic fuel. During digestion all the carbohydrates you eat are broken doen into glucose. It is carried by the blood throughout your body to be used as energy by the cells as needed. All your cells, particularly those in your brain, require a steady stream of sugar at all times.

When your body has the optimal level of sugar in the blood to supply your cells, you feel good. When your blood sugar os too low, your cells don’t get the sugar they need and they start sending our distress signals. These distress signals are the symptoms of low blood sugar, a condition known as hypoglycemia.

Insulin and the hormone HGH work together to control blood sugar levels.

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A Delicate Brain Chemical Balance Part 1

Do medications like Prozac work long term for depression?

A normal body easily balances blood sugar, serotonin and beta-endorphin. If you are sugar sensitive it is likely you are off balance. Levels in all 3 of these systems must be balanced and in harmony for you to stop dramatic fluctuations in personality and mood. Working on just one while leaving the others untouched is counter productive. A little progress can be made but negative symptoms can still haunt you if 2 of the others systems remain unbalanced.

In the chart below this reflects a person before making any changes.

Low Blood Sugar:

Tired all the time
Tired for no reason
Restless,can’t keep still
Confused
Having trouble remembering
Having trouble concentrating
Easily frustrated
More irritable than usual
Getting angry unexpectedly

Low Serotonin:

Depressed
Impulsive
Having a short attention span
Block, scattered
Flying off the handle
Suicidal
Reactive
Craving sweets
Craving mostly carbohydrates like bread, pasta and cereal

Low Beta-endorphin:

Low pain tolerance
Tearful, reactive
Low self-esteem
Overwhelmed by other’s pain
Feeling isolated
Depressed, hopeless
Feeling “done to” by others
Craving sugar!
Emotionally overwhelmed

It’s clear this person probably feels pretty bad with all three levels out of order. Lets say their physician prescribes something to raise serotonin levels to help with depression. Once the person is stabilized on the drug they begin to feel better – less depressed, and more optimism.

For the sake of discussion lets say the person does not change their diet and still eats a lot of sweets and starches. The following chart shows how that might play out

Low Blood Sugar:

Tired all the time
Tired for no reason
Restless,can’t keep still
Confused
Having trouble remembering
Having trouble concentrating
Easily frustrated
More irritable than usual
Getting angry unexpectedly

Optimal Serotonin:

Hopeful, optimistic
Reflective and thoughtful
Able to concentrate
Creative, focused
Able to think things through
Able to seek help
Responsive
Looking forward to a dessert a bit
Hungry for healthy foods

Low Beta-endorphin:

Low pain tolerance
Tearful, reactive
Low self-esteem
Overwhelmed by other’s pain
Feeling isolated
Depressed, hopeless
Feeling “done to” by others
Craving sugar!
Emotionally overwhelmed

Now that the depression seems better their self-esteem is still low and they feel isolated and in a state of overwhelm. This would be a VERY confusing state to be in. To the person it would be hard to explain the mixture of feelings. The prescription drug was supposed to help and it did – but wait a minute, why are the dark feeling still happening? the feeling may not be as intense as in the past but their still there.

This is what happened – The drug raised their serotonin but because of their diet, their blood sugar and beta-endorphin levels were still low. They still felt tired, irritable, and occasionally brassily. They might come to the conclusion the medication is not working and ask for another medication which might help, initially. And then the very same issues begin to show up.

In part 2 we’ll show you what happens when this person discovers several new diet books that look like they may be the solution or at least, part of the solution.

Brain Chemical – Beta-endorphin

Brain Chemical - Beta-endorphinBeta-endorphin is the brain chemical that’s had the least attention in the diet, depression and addiction books. That’s odd because it is incredibly powerful and can drive youtoward deeper addiction – or raise your spirits to a level of health that you may never have known before.

When your beta-endorphin is low, you feel depressed, impulsive and victimized. You may be touchy and tearful. Your self-esteem is low. And you have a desperate craving for sugar. The scientific community has been investigating beta-endorphin for mare than twenty years, but the public understanding of its effects has remained fairly limited.

You may have heard of the “runners high,” a phrase that shows how the athletes body responds to the stress of long-distance running by flooding the body with beta-endorphin, which produces a sense of exhilaration.

Understanding the powerful emotional effects of beta-endorphin levels in your brain is crucial for people with sugar sensitivity. The beta-endorphin story may radically change your sense of why you feel the way you do. As you can see from the chart, some of the effects of beta-endorphin are similar to those of serotonin.

As you look over the symptoms on this chart, you may have had two reactions.

1. You may be comforted by recognizing patterns that sound familiar and fit your experiences.

2. You may be amused that your emotional feelings and behavior can be so strongly affected by your body’s chemistry.

Optimal Level of Beta-endorphin:

High tolerance for pain
Sensitive, sympathetic
High self-esteem
Compassionate
Connected and in touch
Hopeful, optimistic, euphoric
Taking personal responsibility
Having a take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward sweet foods
Solution-oriented

Low Level of Beta-endorphin:

Low pain tolerance
Tearful, reactive
Low self-esteem
Overwhelmed by other’s pain
Feeling isolated
Depressed, hopeless
Feeling “done to” by others
Craving sugar!
Emotionally overwhelmed

Low Brain Chemical Serotonin Leads To Depression

SerontoninIn addition to blood sugar, a number of chemical in your brain affect how you feel and act. Serotonin is a brain chemical that is particularly important for people who are sensitive to sugar. It creates a sense of relaxation, “mellows you out” and gives you a sense of being at peace with the world. Serotonin also influences your self-control, impulse control and ability to plan ahead.

When your serotonin levels are low, you may feel depressed, act impulsively and have intense cravings fro alcohol, sweets or carbohydrates. Researchers have worked hard to find ways to increase the level of serotonin in the brains of people who are depressed. As an end result antidepressant drugs – such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Effexor – have been handed out to in excess of over 6 million people.

If you have an inherited sensitivity to sugar, you may find the symptoms of low serotonin familiar.

Optimal Level of Serotonin:

Hopeful, optimistic
Reflective and thoughtful
Able to concentrate
Creative, focused
Able to think things through
Able to seek help
Responsive
Looking forward to dessert without an emotional charge
Hungry for a variety of foods

Low Level of Serotonin:

Depressed
Impulsive
Having a short attention span
Block, scattered
Flying off the handle
Suicidal
Reactive
Craving sweets
Craving mostly carbohydrates like bread, pasta and cereal

Low Serotonin And Depression
There is strong evidence that low levels of serotonin could be partly responsible for depression…
via: Storify