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Have you been feeling faint or under the weather after changing your diet, skipping a few meals or going for a few hours more at the gym? If so, there’s a chance that you’re hypoglycemic. Hypoglycemia is a fairly common condition, especially in the diabetic population, which entails a dramatic decrease in your blood sugar levels. It may cause you to feel dizzy, weak and confused. These articles will focus on what hypoglycemia is, the symptoms you should look out for, and how you can prevent episodes from happening again.
Is Hypoglycemia Dangerous?
For most people, glucose is your primary source of energy, making it one of the most important substances in the body. Unfortunately, there are instances when the body is not able to properly regulate glucose expenditure, exposing you to a variety of conditions, which include hypoglycemia. Relatively, hypoglycemia is not a dangerous condition, as long as you listen to what your body is trying to tell you.
However, there are instances when it may cause extreme complications, which may endanger your life and the lives of the people around you. Severe attacks of hypoglycemia, especially in undiagnosed or unregulated diabetics, may cause seizures, blackouts and fainting spells.1 If you’re driving or walking to work, these unexpected blackouts and loss of all motor functions may cause fatal accidents, which may lead to fatal repercussions.2
What Are the Risk Factors for Hypoglycemia?
Like other diseases, certain people are more susceptible to hypoglycemia than others. The risk depends on various external and internal factors, some of which are rooted in their interference with the body’s insulin production and energy expenditure. If you think you may be suffering from hypoglycemia, here are some of the risk factors that you should be looking out for:
• Diabetes. Diabetes patients suffer from a relatively higher risk of getting hypoglycemia because of their body’s inability to regulate insulin and glucose. This condition is more common in Type 1 diabetes patients because of their dependence on synthetic insulin.When their blood sugar drops to a critical level, they are at high risk for insulin shock, a life-threatening complication of hypoglycemia.3
• Increased physical activity. A sudden increase in physical activity, whether during exercise or work, depletes the sugar in the body. This heightens your risk of hypoglycemia, especially if food intake is not appropriately adjusted.4
• Alcohol consumption. The liver is responsible for storing glucose to be released at certain parts of the day when the need arises. When you ingest alcohol, it renders the liver incapable of releasing these stores to counter insulin production.5
• Old age. Older diabetes patients are more prone to hypoglycemia because of the increased difficulty in diagnosis.They suffer from altered kidney function as well, which may negatively influence blood glucose levels.6 In some cases, hypoglycemia symptoms may also aggravate cognitive impairment in the elderly. More often than not, these cognitive symptoms are swept aside as nothing more than old-age delirium.7
• Obesity. Weight gain may be one of the side effects of hypoglycemia as your body tricks you into eating more glucose than necessary.8
Recipe From Ruled.me
Planning to throw a backyard barbeque party this summer? Take your BBQ to the next level by pairing it with this Buffalo Coleslaw from Ruled.me. It’s creamy and crunchy, like a perfect coleslaw should be. But here’s the twist: It also packs a spicy and tangy punch that will have you and your guests craving more. It’s the perfect side dish to round out the rich flavors of your smoked and grilled meats. It’s also quick and easy to make, so try to recreate this crowd-pleasing recipe today.
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup organic hot sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 large green cabbage, thinly sliced
2 large ribs of celery, finely diced
1/2 medium-sized white onion, finely diced
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1 cup grass fed blue cheese, crumbled
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, hot sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, toss together the green cabbage, celery, white onion, half the chives and half the blue cheese.
Add the dressing to the cabbage and toss together.
Serve the coleslaw with a drizzle of hot sauce, and the remaining chives and blue cheese sprinkled on top .
Cabbage Is Loaded With Many Beneficial Nutrients
Cabbage belongs to the cruciferous family of vegetables, along with broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. It’s known to have cancer-fighting properties, as it contains high amounts of powerful phytochemicals like carotenoids, sulforaphane and isothiocyanates, which may help reduce the production of cancer-related hormones, inhibit tumor growth, induce apoptosis and detoxify carcinogens.
Studies have shown that these compounds in cabbage not only help lower the risk for breast, prostate and colon cancers, but they also help reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol” in the blood., In addition, cabbage nourishes your body with many beneficial vitamins and minerals, including:
Cabbage is also a very good source of dietary fiber, which may aid in weight management, improve the gut microbiome, promote regular bowel movements and reduce the risk of premature death from any cause. Plus, it’s rich in folate, which is a necessary nutrient during pregnancy, since it lowers the risk for neural tube defects in infants.
Apple Cider Vinegar Takes Flavors and Nutrition up a Notch
Unlike commercial vinegars that have been pasteurized and filtered, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is made through a traditional slow fermentation process that leaves it with many beneficial compounds like acetic acid, epicatechin, catechin and caffeic acid. Together, these components give ACV its antibacterial, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. These compounds are also responsible for the following health benefits of ACV:
Helps lower blood sugar levels: A study published in the journal Diabetes Care shows that ACV consumption may help improve insulin sensitivity in people with prediabetes by 34 percent and Type 2 diabetes by up to 19 percent. This antiglycemic effect may be caused by its acetic acid content, which helps regulate the digestion of complex carbohydrates.
Helps improve heart health: According to a study published in the Journal of Food Science, the chlorogenic acid content of ACV is responsible for promoting heart health, as it helps inhibit the oxidation of LDL and reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases.
Aids in weight loss: A 2009 study published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry investigated the ability of acetic acid to suppress body fat accumulation. Results show that this compound helped reduce body weight, BMI, visceral fat area, waist circumference and serum triglyceride levels. The researchers also concluded that daily intake of vinegar may be beneficial for inhibiting metabolic syndromes by reducing the risk for obesity.
Helps reduce the risk of cancer: A study published in the journal Medscape General Medicine suggests that the acetic acid in ACV provides antitumor effects. Its polyphenol content also helps fight against oxidative stress, which in turn lowers your susceptibility to cancer and other chronic diseases.
Aside from the benefits mentioned above, ACV may also help boost your energy, detoxify your liver, inhibit Candida bacteria overgrowth, relieve various skin ailments, soothe sore throat, alleviate acid reflux and more.
Other Noteworthy Ingredients That Make This Recipe Stand Out
Aside from cabbage and ACV, this recipe also contains other flavorsome ingredients that boost its nutritional value, including:
Celery: This vegetable is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C and K, potassium, folate and manganese. It also contains riboflavin, calcium, magnesium and vitamin B6. Research shows that it has powerful antioxidant properties because it contains various free radical-fighting compounds like caffeic acid, tannin, saponin and kaempferol.
Chives: This fragrant herb helps boost your body’s levels of vitamin A, calcium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, copper and manganese.
Blue cheese: When made from grass fed milk, this type of fermented cheese is an excellent source of high-quality protein, amino acids, healthy fats, minerals like calcium and zinc, and vitamins A, D and B2.
Organic hot sauce also offers more than just a kick of spicy flavor. This sauce is usually made from chili peppers, which contain a bioactive plant compound known as capsaicin. This compound has a variety of medicinal properties like antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antihypertensive properties, to name a few.
Not All Mayonnaises Are Made Equal
Coleslaw is not complete without mayonnaise. However, most of the brands sold in groceries nowadays contain ingredients that may put your health at risk, such as high-fructose corn syrup and genetically modified organisms (GMO). With that in mind, make sure that you choose a product from a trusted organic brand when buying mayonnaise and other condiments.
Better yet, try to make your own mayonnaise at home to guarantee that only high-quality organic ingredients go into your food. Check my homemade mayonnaise recipe to learn how you can make your own version of this condiment using healthy, natural ingredients.
About the Blog
Ruled.Me was created by Craig Clarke, a blogger who originally struggled with weight problems. The website not only focuses on the ketogenic diet as a way to lose weight, but as a lifestyle that can improve your quality of life. It contains dieting tips, strength and endurance exercises and various recipes for people who are struggling with their weight and nutritional deficiencies.
Nearly two years ago, a good friend of mine, Dr. Peter Martone, a longtime chiropractor, pointed out I had some problems with my cervical spine. While I initially disagreed, X-rays revealed degeneration in my fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae, even though I had no symptoms at all.
In this interview, Dr. Michael Hill — a graduate of Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa — discusses Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP) and Gonstead, a specific type of chiropractic treatment that addresses this kind of problem. I’ve always been opposed to X-rays and don’t recommend them. In this case, however, it’s necessary, as the treatment is precisely calibrated based on the X-ray data.
“With chiropractic, one of the big components I like to really help patients understand is … where all health and healing comes from,” Hill says. “We can’t deny that the nervous system coordinates all function and healing in the body. If you don’t know how to take care of it, who’s going to do that for you and help you understand the importance behind it? Education is one of our biggest components in our office.
Chiropractic technique stands on three legs: the philosophy, science and art. If we take one away, it’s easy to tip over. We’ve got to stay solid on those three components … Gonstead and CBP have a lot in similarities, but a lot in differences. When it comes to understanding ‘structure dictates function,’ your spine is basically the framework of everything else that works off of that.
Then it’s important to understand that we need to identify any structural changes that are compromising the way we should function. The intimate relationship between spine and nervous system is just that. It’s intimate — if we don’t take care of the spine, the [nervous system] is going to fall short of 100 percent function.”
Skeletal Structure and Function Influences Your Nervous System
A common assumption is that unless you’re experiencing pain, all is well. In reality, many if not most diseases are asymptomatic until the disease process is well underway. As noted by Hill, there’s research showing you have to lose 40 percent or greater of your health potential before any sign or symptom is expressed. “So, it’s unfortunate that we are taught to treat and manage disease as opposed to preventing it.”
One of the primary tools for maintaining health is to choose the right foods for metabolic optimization, and diet also affects structural function. A recent Gallup poll by Palmer College revealed only 8 to 12 percent of the population uses chiropractic. However, taking care of your spine is like brushing your teeth and getting regular dental checkups. If you don’t take care of your spine, problems will eventually present themselves from lack of care, or ignorance about what can and needs to be done.
Structure dictates function; your spine needs to be straight from front to back, but from the side views it should have three curves: lorsosis (cervical); kyphosis (thoracic); and lordosis (lumbar). “It’s really important to understand certain standards of deviation, like having a 45-degree curve is what’s considered normal,” Hill says.
For example, curvature of the neck is called lordosis, but when you have a decrease in that curve, you have a hypolordotic curvature. If there’s an increase in that curvature, you have hyperlordotic curvature.
In other words, there’s a “perfect normal” in the center, and it’s important to identify extremes in either direction. When your neck structure is sound and you have a 45-degree curvature, your spinal cord is at its best position to allow communication signals to be sent throughout your body.
Chiropractors are trained to identify malpositions that can affect your nervous system function. Various tools can then be used to further identify, analyze and monitor imbalances in the body. Examples include surface electromyography, thermography and the Nervo-Scope, used in the Gonstead technique.
“Gonstead uses five parameters: X-rays, instrumentation, motion and static palpation and visualization,” Hill explains. “They’re really important. You can probably see now that if you were in line at a grocery store and one person had a high right shoulder, you obviously know there’s something wrong structurally. If the spine is the framework, then we obviously need to address the framework.
When we put those techniques in place and the tools that we have available, such as digital X-rays, then we can analyze those X-rays using CBP line analysis and the Gonstead. I like to merge the two.
I really feel like we can cover everything utilizing those two techniques, as far as not just getting a patient to feel better, but get them to function better … If [you’re] goal-oriented, you know that once you reach [the goal], you don’t just stop the habits that allowed you to get there. I’ve always been on chiropractic care … It is part of life.”
Regular Chiropractic Care Is Important for Optimal Health
Part of the reason you’d want to continue receiving chiropractic care long term is because the compression that occurs on the nerves exiting the spinal cord from misaligned vertebrae, especially in your neck, can cause significant problems and affect your autonomic nervous system. Your vertebrae help protect your nervous system, and when your vertebrae are properly aligned, the discs between each vertebra have the ability to properly hydrate. This is called imbibition, or the ability to hydrate that disc.
When your spine is out of alignment, you lose the ability to hydrate the disc, which typically causes the space between the two vertebrae to diminish. As this space diminishes, the disc has to migrate somewhere as there’s no longer sufficient room between the vertebra. So, what typically happens is the disc will start to bulge over time.
This is not just an automatic consequence of age, but rather something caused by misalignment in the spine. What’s more, as the bulge gets worse, it actually starts changing the shape of the bone, causing bone spurs to develop. As the angular fibers defining the disc are disrupted, the integrity of the disc is also weakened, which can lead to a herniation.
“Understanding that we can address the cause by correcting the misalignment will allow us to be able to hydrate that disc,” Hill says. “We can actually help restore it to a certain point, depending on the condition of the bone. We’re obviously not going to be able to eliminate what’s already been destroyed.”
Home Exercise Therapy
This is precisely what happened to my lower cervical spine and vertebral disc spaces. They were degenerating, but after just three months of therapy, the degeneration is starting to reverse. In the past, I had been reluctant to get regular chiropractic treatments because, mechanically, it just didn’t seem to make sense that a little adjustment here and there is going to make a massive difference. But those minor adjustments really need to be done on a regular basis.
What I really like about Hill’s program is that it’s integrated with home exercises to rehabilitate the spine. It never made sense to me to rely on a chiropractor to adjust you periodically to solve the problem. I believe you really need to consistently address it at home with a regular exercise program, and that’s what Hill had me do.
Based on an evaluation of my lateral curvature, he provided me with a weighted device I wear on my head for about a half-hour each day. Another is a traction unit that you hang from a door, which I also use daily. In this case, your own body weight places traction on your cervical spine. It’s made a tremendous difference. In addition to doing exercises at home, you may also need to address ergonomics at work and at home.
Why Digital X-Rays?
Hill recommends taking three digital X-rays of the neck, two of the midback and two of the lower back, along with an anterior-posterior (front-back) and a lateral (side) view. “With the align analysis we use, we can determine exactly the curvature of the spine from the side view,” Hill says. “If there is any scoliosis of the spine, we use an analysis called Cobb angle to determine and help to manage and improve the degree of scoliosis on those who have scoliosis.”
In the video interview, you’ll see the X-rays taken during my initial consultation, and ones taken during a recent follow-up visit three months later. Here’s how Hill described my initial evaluation:
“One of the key things I want to point out is the palate line, which is the roof of the mouth. We want to keep that as level as possible … Typically, what we’ll do is we’ll drop a line down from the back of C2 … And then, we … compute our anglization, and we get a 27-degree curve here. Ideally it should be 45 degrees. Most of your curve makeup is right between C3 and C4. That also explains why C5 and C6 [have degenerated] …
A lot of people are told that’s normal because of your age … but it’s not. It’s common but it’s not normal … [I]f there’s an age relationship, then why isn’t every other disc space degenerating at the same rate as C5 and C6? … Also, if you [go] down C3, you’ll see the malposition, the extension position … Like you see on C4 or C5, if you follow the back edge of the vertebrae, they should all line up. That would be considered a disruption of the George’s Line.”
Looking at my current X-rays, you can see a big difference. The extension view of C3, the George’s Line, is much better in degree and my C2 angle is zero, which is fine, as normal is anywhere between zero and 10 degrees. I’ve also achieved a 6-degree improvement in the angulation of my spine. It’s now at 34 degrees and the measured disc space has increased considerably. Ideally, the angle should be 45 degrees. While the degenerative changes are still there, it’s a definite improvement in just three months.
“The degrees of change you’ve made in such a short period of time … [for] quality of life is huge and important. I think that’s the side effect of chiropractic. Pain relief is just a secondary component to correcting a structural change in someone,” Hill says. “For instance, the nerves in the neck travel down the arm, forearm and hands, [and] the same nerves go to organs, communicating between the parasympathetics and the sympathetics to help with heart rate variability …
For those who have spinal degeneration, like in your neck, one of the chief complaints, and one of the measurements we take into consideration, is the loss of range of motion. You’re going to have a change in range of motion with this type of spinal degeneration, depending on the severity. We also create scar tissue in there, called crepitus, like a frozen shoulder. Sometimes we have to get in there, and through repetition, break it up.”
How to Locate a Good Chiropractor
As mentioned, it’s a relatively small percentage of the population that is under chiropractic care, and unfortunately, there are unscrupulous chiropractors that don’t practice the type of holistic care Hill and others offer. When it comes to finding a good chiropractor, here are some helpful pointers to keep in mind:
• Find someone local. You may need to see your chiropractor two to three times a week to start, so make sure his or her office is conveniently located.
• Find out if the chiropractor uses digital X-rays and other important tools. “When it comes to your health, your X-rays tell us a big story,” Hill says. “For instance … without X-rays, why would we want to adjust an area considered a Grade 1 through 4 spondylolisthesis, which is the slipping of vertebrae on top of the other, which is a disruption of the George’s Line? X-rays and all these details are super important. If patients aren’t getting that, I would be concerned.”
• Find out what type of techniques the chiropractor uses. “If the staff isn’t aware — isn’t in tune with what you do and how you help patients — I would be concerned,” Hill says. The techniques discussed here are, again, known as Chiropractic BioPhysics® or CBP, and Gonstead, which together make for a very strong structural correction program. Another effective alternative is the Network technique, developed by Dr. Donny Epstein.
Hill’s office also has a decompression machine. He ended up investing in this expensive piece of equipment after a particularly difficult-to-treat patient died. The woman had a severe lumbar disc herniation that migrated. Since Hill was unable to help her, she went to a medical doctor who ended up prescribing opioids.
She developed an addiction and died from what appeared to be a heart attack. Learning of her tragic fate, Hill decided to implement treatment alternatives to prevent that from happening in the future. “That ‘what if?’ is what took me to the tipping point to know I needed to make an investment in a tool that could have, possibly, helped her,” he says.
• Does your chiropractor look healthy? Is she or he taking good care of their own health?
The Best Position for Sleep
Last but not least, your sleeping position can make a big difference in the health of your spine. Dr. Peter Martone, who referred me to Hill, is also a chiropractor, as well as an exercise physiologist. He initially had me switch to a neutral (back) sleeping position to help correct my cervical curvature, which I’ve been doing ever since. In the video above, Martone discusses the benefits of a neutral sleeping position.
If you’re a side or stomach sleeper and find yourself frequently tossing and turning at night and/or wake up with aches and pains, your sleeping position may be a primary culprit. That said, remember that absence of pain is not a guarantee that there’s no problem.
To get your neck and spine in a neutral position while sleeping on your back, you need to prop your pillow under your neck, not your head. This is what allows you to maintain a proper spinal curve. For a demonstration on how to use your pillow to support your neck rather than simply elevating your head, see the video above.
To learn more, see Hill’s website. There, you can find a number of before and after examples of patients who have been helped by the CBP and Gonstead protocols.