Struggling with Anxiousness or Low Mood?
It could be that you are on the Stress (too much) High and Low Blood Sugar – Insulin – rollercoaster ride??
We all know that Diet, what and when we eat and how much plays a role in how well we manage Blood Sugar however did you know that your Adrenal Glands also help you maintain normal blood glucose.
“Glucocorticoids are steroid hormones produced from the cortex of adrenal glands (gluco-corti-coids: glucose-cortex-steroids). Glucocorticoids have a pivotal role. These hormones have many jobs, such as controlling how your cells use sugar and fat and curbing inflammation.”
This is important… if you are stressed out Physically, Mentally, Nutritionally, Spiritually etc. then you are inflamed and it is hard to maintain balanced energy levels.
Let’s take a look at what balance looks like and what imbalance looks like. Then look at what you can do to help support balance and reduce anxiety, increase energy and improve mood.
BALANCED BLOOD SUGAR
This is what balanced Blood sugar would feel like… Not many of us in the category eh?
- Feel rested when you wake up
- No change in function
- No major changes in mood
- Energy is constant and you recognize hunger versus hangry
- Could eat or could wait… fat adapted
HIGH STRESS AND UNSTABLE BLOOD SUGAR
These are just some of the symptoms you could be experiencing. It is important to note that the Pancreas and the Adrenal glands are part of the Endocrine System (Hormones) and therefore have an affect on all those systems.
- Wake up tired: Cortisol is low instead of high
- Wake up in the middle of the night (Adrenaline rush… no stored glycogen in the Liver or stored cortisol which leads to a drop and adrenaline wakes us up (anxiety). Once we know we are OK we then we get up and go pee.
- No appetite in the morning and eating makes me nauseous
- Hangry and shaky before eating is normal
- Go all day before eating anything
- 10.00am and 6.00 pm crash… happy hour
- Crave sugar after a meal
- Mood and anxiety issues
- Chubby even though I don’t eat much
These are the products I like to support stress and unstable blood sugar.
Drenamin, Cataplex B, Protefood Enzycore, Pancreatrophin PMG, Multizyme, AF Betafood
Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose to enter cells which also reduces blood glucose (blood sugar). Insulin is released by the pancreas in response to carbohydrates consumed in the diet. In states of insulin resistance, the same amount of insulin does not have the same effect on glucose transport and blood sugar levels. There are multiple ways to measure insulin resistance such as fasting insulin levels or glucose tolerance tests, but these are not often used in clinical practice. Insulin resistance can be improved or reversed with lifestyle approaches, such as exercise and dietary changes.
- Wake up tired
- Body Aches (Liver)
- Wake up and look for Sugary things or eat fruit
- Tired after a meal and need coffee
- Eat crash and the crave pattern
- Low recovery from exercise/ workout
- Low recovery re: tasks requiring focus
- Can’t lose weight.
- Inflamed and swollen
- Gallbladder issues.
- Hormonal Issues like PCOS
- I have skin tags
- Frequent urination and thirsty all the time
- Have foggy brain a lot
These are the products I like for Insulin and an AIC that is pre diabetic. Diaplex, Cat GTF, Cataplex B Core, Metabol Complex, Multizyme, Gymnema, Inositol and Milk Thistle for Liver support.
HYPOGLYCEMIA AND ANXIETY
This is when Blood Glucose is Low. This is just as important as high glucose as it relates to your overall health. A lot of us swing between high and low blood sugar through out the day and over time it can become a metabolic and brain problem.
- Eat well but still eat sugar, honey, fruit, smoothie, salad, dinner is OK… not enough protein, fat, or fiber in diet.
- Low resilience
- Low blood pressure or postural hypotension or feels dizzy
- Poor circulation like cold hands and feet
- Headaches: migraine??
- I have blurred vision
- I am easily distracted and lack focus
- I feel on edge or anxious or irritable
- I get light-headed if meals are missed
- I always have a snack on hand just in case
- I overtrain or workout a lot
Diaplex, Cataplex B core, AF Betafood, Cataplex GTF
Blood sugar is strongly connected to how we handle stress, our need for control, or lack thereof and our relationship with food and self. It is important to our overall health to keep our blood sugars stable and we often need help, time and support in order for that to happen.
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There are some amazing tools that have come to market in recent times to help us better understand how blood sugar and stress affect our metabolic health. Check out these two. The Continuous Glucose Monitors from Levels and Heart Rate variability monitors like the Oura Ring.
You could also buy and inexpensive Monitor from your local pharmacy and do a food/ feelings and fingerpick journal.
Make two columns: Write down all the things that cause you stress or trigger stress. Then have a look where you can simplify , eliminate or re frame those stressors. The goal is to see the reduce to stress!!
Last but not least: Food and drink is a big deal as it relates to keeping our mood, focus and energy stable throughout the day. Movement is also super important for keeping sugar stable as is a Calm and Mindful state. Conscious choice puts in touch with the idea of Nourishing ourselves versus consuming.
I hope you have enjoyed this article? BTW. The Functional Health Panel we run measures all the major metabolic markers and I run them for my cost. You are Welcome!
As always if you need support on your wellbeing journey I am here to support you.