Building blocks to health. Strong foundation = strong and healthy body.
Our cells in our body need:
- Fuel: glucose + oxygen
Our cells need fuel and activation at just the right amount to stay healthy. If you have too little glucose (hypoglycemia) or too little oxygen (anemia) or too little activation (physical or mental activity) you will have apoptosis (cell death). It can be the same with too much: glucose (diabetes), oxygen (hyperventilation) or activation (neuro-degeneration).
“This is important for you to know because when your body is busy regulating the foundation or building blocks to your health, it cannot take care of anything else.”
One of our building blocks:
Blood sugar has an optimal range in our blood (70-100mg/dl fasting). If this is under 70 you will be low (hypoglycemic), if this is higher than 126 you will be high (diabetes) and if it is in between 100-126 you will be pre-diabetic.
Blood sugar needs to be regulated like this to allow our body to function the best way it knows how. If your body is not able to do this with ease then your body will only focus on this and never move to fixing anything else that needs attention. Why is that important?
This is important because each cell and organ needs repair through out our lives. It’s more than just once a year like some car maintenance. It is daily and hourly and sometimes each minute. Our bodies are made to work 24 hours a day. Day time we break things, use things and consume things. Night time we build things, store things and clean up for the next day. For those of you with kids you get this system very well.
“Kids go to sleep and we reorganize the house to start all over again in the morning.” -Parent
The circadian rhythm of the body goes something like this:
- Wake up (high cortisol, low growth hormone/melatonin)
- Enjoy the day (moderate cortisol, moderate growth hormone/melatonin)
- Go to bed (low cortisol, high growth hormone/melatonin)
- Repeat cycle
If you have dis-regulated blood sugars all day for many days, you can count on your cortisol levels to be affected. When you are healthy, this will correct itself and you will have no symptoms. When our blood sugar drops (from no food for periods of 2+hours during the day/night) our cortisol levels increase to raise the sugar levels in our blood.
Common side affects of dis-regulated blood sugar:
- Head Aches
- Mood changes
- Visual Disturbances
- Sleep Disturbances
- Pitter Patter of the heart
- Food Cravings
- Clammy Skin
- Weight Gain/unable to loose
“Every cell in your body needs sugar (glucose) to function. When your blood sugar levels drop too low, your cells become starved for energy. Initially, that can cause minor symptoms, but if you don’t get your blood sugar levels up soon, you’re at risk of serious complications like adrenal fatigue, diabetes, loss of consciousness, hormonal response, etc.”
There are ways to help with this that are simple. Please reach out to learn more at our clinic: (651) 633-4291
Dr. Nicole is a Board Eligible Functional Neurologist. Here is a link for you to check out some of the tests and ways that functional neurology assesses the brain.