Hypoglycemia is the direct result of a lack of glucides in the body. To make up for this lack it is very important to consume complex (slow assimilation) sugars, since simple (rapid assimilation) sugars cause blood sugar and insulin levels to rise suddenly, and then drop just as suddenly, a short time later. Complex sugars, which take a lot longer to digest, provide the body with the energy it needs throughout the course of the day.

Complex sugars are generally easy to digest and burn, providing the body with more than enough calories to meet its energy requirements.

Foods like pasta contain starch, a complex sugar that takes a very long time to reach the bloodstream, and therefore does not cause blood sugar levels to fluctuate dramatically.

Sudden increases in blood sugar trigger the secretion of massive amounts of insulin, which decrease sugar levels by storing excess sugar as fat.

Every time you eat some pastry or drink a soft drink or alcohol, insulin is released into your system, gathering up any excess sugar and storing it as fat, so that you feel hungry or thirsty again a short time later (in fact what you crave is more sugar).

Indulging in too many sweet foods creates a vicious circle of hyperglycemia – insulin secretion – hypoglycemia.

Also make sure you do not lack chromium. Good sources of this oligo-element include:

– yeast

– wholegrains

– meat

– seafood

– certain condiments (black pepper, thyme)

Because of its regulating effect on sugar metabolism, chromium is recommended for the prevention and treatment of disorders related to improper metabolism, including diabetes and hypoglycemia.