Effective blood glucose regulation is fundamentally important for health, even mild disruptions of glucose homeostasis can have adverse consequences. Normally, fasting blood glucose is maintained within a narrow range; after a carbohydrate rich meal, blood sugar increases for several hours and then returns to base line in response to homeostatic mechanisms.
Failure of these equalising processes may result in reactive hypoglycaemia – a process by which blood glucose levels decrease either too rapidly or by too much, and results in a variety of symptoms including anxiety, irritability, shakiness, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, weakness, and insomnia.
The interaction of the endocrine system with organs and tissues to maintain blood glucose requires a full array of micronutrients. An imbalanced diet or one comprised of processed and refined foods may not supply adequate amounts of these nutrients. In addition, individuals with blood glucose disorders may have additional dietary needs for these nutrients.
A common symptom that many individuals with dysregulated blood sugar levels is falling asleep or feeling sleepy two hours or so after they eat
I have found that Bio-Glycozyme Forte™ can be very supportive for individuals in managing their reactive hypoglycaemia (postprandial hypoglycaemia) which refers to a lowered blood sugar that occurs after a meal. iOther symptoms that can be linked to blood sugar dysregulation include anxiety, mood swings, increased stress hormone release.
Our adrenal glands which sit atop of our kidneys help to regulate our blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels drop, the adrenal glands are triggered to release adrenaline which is a fight or flight hormone that, among other things, tells our liver to produce glucoseii. Adrenaline can make our heart race, palms sweaty, triggers anxiety and more. These are some of the physical signs that the blood sugar levels have dropped.
When blood sugar drops below the physiological norm, it will also trigger the release of cortisol (the stress hormone), which in turn releases more glucose into the bloodstream. Our adrenal glands respond to internal and external stressors, via the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis which is our self-regulating system to maintain homeostasis. Repeated or persistent episodes of stress can cause problematic changes in blood sugar levels, it can lead to repeated hypoglycaemic episodes and may over time also trigger prediabetes and ultimately type 2 diabetes.
Blood glucose imbalances are a common finding in clinical work and may be triggered by lifestyle stresses
Irregular eating, poor sleep patterns and a diet that focuses on fast energy, rather than sustained balanced energy. This is typically one which contains a high proportion of carbohydrates, especially refined carbohydrates, and highly processed foods. To restore balance, not only does the diet need to be optimised, but lifestyle factors need to be aligned with this goal.
A diet rich in whole plant-based foods that supply good levels of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and high fibre which can help to slow down the release of glucose from food, flattening the spike in blood glucose typically seen with diets high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, caffeine, alcohol etc. We also need to include healthy fats and optimal protein along with more frequent eating patterns as that also supports a healthy blood sugar balance.
Bio-Glycozyme Forte contains a broad spectrum of nutrients for glycaemic support. B complex vitamins, including phosphorylated forms of B1, B2 and B6 work together in central roles to produce energy from amino acids, fats, and carbohydrates via the tricarboxylic acid cycle.
Vitamin A is included as decreased vitamin A status is correlated with altered pancreatic functioning and glucose metabolism dysfunction. Minerals, including magnesium, calcium, and potassium, as well as a variety of key trace minerals from whole food sources are included, as they play a role in both energy-dependent reactions. Their deficiencies have been indicated in the development of insulin resistance. A variety of antioxidants, amino acids, and targeted glandular support from neonatal tissue complexes further support healthy glycaemic functioning.
Bio-Glycozyme Forte™ is my preferred supplement where low energy, anxiety, adrenal fatigue, carbohydrate and sugar cravings dominate.