Posted by: plop | 2007/03/15

tiredness after eating

after i have a meal esp after lunch i become very tired and sleepy and feel weak and dizzy. i dnt feel like this before i eat. it happens as soon as i eat. i eat nutrious meals and fruit. please help.


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Dear Plop
This could be Reactive hypoglycaemia (postprandial)
Blood sugar drops to abnormally low levels two to five hours after eating a meal. This results from the over secretion of insulin by the pancreas. As the blood sugar drops, stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol kick in at high levels to prevent the blood sugar level from dropping dramatically.
Try eating a "diabetic diet" -Remove alcohol, canned and packaged foods, refined and processes foods, dried fruits, salt sugar, saturated fats, soft drinks and white flour. Avoid foods that contain artificial colours or preservatives.
Sweeten foods with natural sweeteners such as stevia, barley malt syrup, molasses and brown rice syrup.
Eat a diet high in fibre and low in fat
Do not go without food or consume large, heavy meals. Eat six small meals throughout the day.
During a low blood sugar reaction, eat something that combines fiber with a protein food, for example: brain or rice cakes with cottage cheese or almond butter.
Exercise regularly - this helps to maintain steady blood sugar levels. Eat one to three hours prior to exercise.
Take the following supplements:Magnesium, chromium and omega 3 and 6

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