What to Eat When You Have Low Blood Sugar

By Payton Pritchard

Hypoglycemia is closely associated with diabetes, but according to Native Remedies, low blood sugar signals a deficiency of essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Making the necessary diet changes to treat hypoglycemia is fairly simple. According to Reactive Hypoglycemia, to successfully managing low blood sugar requires selecting the best foods to eat and when to eat those foods.

Hypoglycemia is closely associated with diabetes, but according to Native Remedies, low blood sugar signals a deficiency of essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Making the necessary diet changes to treat hypoglycemia is fairly simple. According to Reactive Hypoglycemia, to successfully managing low blood sugar requires selecting the best foods to eat and when to eat those foods.

Diet

Low blood sugar puts the body in a weakened state because the body requires glucose for energy. Foods rich in Vitamins C, E, and B-complex enhance sugar and carbohydrate tolerance to normalize sugar metabolism so the body has the necessary energy it needs to function properly.

According to Mayo Clinic, eating small meals every two to three hours throughout the day can help maintain normal blood sugar levels. New Medicine suggests eating high-protein foods such as salmon, chicken, mackerel, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and legumes that can stabilize blood sugar levels. Snacking between meals can help manage your blood sugar levels. Try snacking on nuts and seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds. You also can drink fresh milk, buttermilk or fruit juices with your scheduled meals.

Food-Med.com suggests avoiding refined and processed foods such as white sugar, white flour and products made using such foods. Reduce the amount of salt and citrus fruits you eat. Instead eat apples, berries, peaches and pineapples. The best vegetables to eat include eggplant, asparagus, beets, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, spinach and tomatoes.

Emergency Foods

If you suffer from low blood sugar, Reactive Hypoglycemia suggests carrying these "emergency foods" when you're away from the house such as 8 pieces of Lifesavers candy, 2 tbsp of raisins, 7 small gumdrops, fruit juice or regular soda. You should keep a supply of these foods in the car in your purse or pockets and at the office.

If you experience an attack at home, other foods that help increase your blood sugar include 1 cup of fat-free milk, 1 tbsp of honey or corn syrup and 2 tbsp of jam. Glucose tablets are useful for relieving a low blood sugar attack, as well.

Reactive Hypoglycemia says these foods are beneficial for stabilizing your blood sugar levels. Only eat these foods when you need to eat them. If eating properly doesn't improve your low blood sugar, then visit your doctor. Low blood sugar can be connected to other health issues.

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About the Author

Payton Pritchard is a writer, graphic designer and adjunct instructor. She got her start in journalism in 1996 writing and designing newsletters and writing for newspaper before switching to radio news for eight years. Pritchard has a Bachelor of Arts and an Associate of Applied Science in journalism and graphic design from Truman State University and Sullivan College of Technology and Design, respectively.

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