A sugary snack or soft drink that quickly raises your blood sugar level gives you a boost, but it’s short-lived. When you eat something with a high sugar content your pancreas starts to secrete insulin. Insulin triggers cells throughout your body to pull the excess glucose out of your bloodstream and store it for later use.
Soon, the glucose available to your brain has dropped. Neurons, unable to store glucose, experience an energy crisis. Hours later, you feel spaced-out, weak, confused, and/or nervous. Your ability to focus and think suffers. The name for this glucose deficiency is Hypoglycemia, and it can even lead to unconsciousness. Testing positive for Hypoglycemia are levels of glucose in the blood abnormally below 70mg.
Your brain needs sugar to work. If your body is overloaded with sugar and works too hard to drop the levels back to normal, it can drop it too low in dealing with the overflow (storing it all and not using what it needs)… hence your brain starves! Your body forgets to do the one job that is most important – feed the brain.
Repeatedly overloading the bloodstream with sugar can diminish the body’s ability to respond to insulin, and type 2 Diabetes may develop.
According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, high sugar content and starchy carbohydrates lead to excessive insulin release, which in turn leads to falling blood sugar levels, or Hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemia causes the brain to secrete Glutamate in levels that can cause agitation, depression, anger, anxiety, panic attacks and an increase in suicide risk.
The Glutamate that causes this is identical to the flavor-enhancing monosodium glutamate (MSG) and its chemical cousins, which are found in thousands of food products, further exacerbating the problem.
Repeated Hypoglycemic episodes increase the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s).
In children, Hypoglycemia often leads to hyperactivity. In both children and adults, it can cause violent and aggressive behavior. In older people, there can be mental confusion.
When you consume excess amounts of sugar, your body releases excess amounts of insulin, which in turn causes a drop in your blood sugar, also known as Hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia in turn causes your brain to secrete Glutamate.
Dr. Blaylock explains in his book “Excitotoxins -The Taste That Kills”
Joslin Researchers discovered a link between high levels of Glutamate (a neurotransmitter in the brain that is produced by glucose) to symptoms of Depression in people with type 1 Diabetes.
The study showed increased levels of Glutamate in the prefrontal area of the brains of such people — an area associated with both higher-level thinking and regulation of emotions. At the same time, the study showed a link between high levels of Glutamate and poor glucose control, and lower scores on some cognitive tests.
Chromium is a supplement used for blood glucose regulation.
N-Acetylcysteine (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, NAC, N-Acetyl Cysteine) is an amino acid utilized in the production of Glutathione. Glutathione is an antioxidant in cells that helps eliminate toxins from the body and most importantly from the brain.
Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that is often found in abundance in individuals with mood disorders like Manic Depression. NAC works to keep this balance in check. Excess activity of Glutamate has also been implicated in Addiction, OCD, and Impulse Control Disorder.
NAC taken as a supplement should be supplemented with Vitamin C, Copper, Zinc, WATER, and other trace minerals.
Quoted from Sources:
livestrong.com – Chromium & Hypoglycemia
fi.edu – Glucose: Fuel for the Brain
blog.joslin.org – Emotions and Blood Sugar Levels
neurohackers.com – nutrition – mood behavior
livestrong.com – nutrition – manic depression
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