Hypoglycaemia is a condition medical condition characterized by low levels of glucose in the bloodstream, according to Dr. James F. Balch, author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing." It is usually caused by excessive production in the pancreas of insulin, a chemical compound that controls blood glucose. This disease can result in symptoms such as fatigue, fainting, dizziness and depression. If treatment is not received, hypoglycemia can also cause coma and death. Dr. Balch and other alternative medicine professionals believe that dietary choices can help combat the symptoms and effects of hypoglycemia.
Consume up to 3 tablespoons of a food that contains soluble fiber, such as oat bran or flaxseed, before your food. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, soluble fiber helps regulate the conversion of sugars from foods to glucose and can maintain blood glucose levels at adequate levels.
Replaces white breads and pasta with their integral versions. Refined white flours can cause blood glucose levels to fluctuate rapidly. In addition, whole grains are abundant sources of B vitamins, which can help prevent the decrease in sugar levels according to Dr. Balch.
Includes lean proteins such as lean beef, poultry, fish, tofu and legumes, says the University of Maryland Medical Center. Lean proteins can help support the regulation of blood glucose levels, particularly when combined with complex carbohydrates and fats.
Avoid or limit alcohol, says Dr. Balch. Alcohol is quickly converted into sugars in the body, which can cause rapid fluctuations in blood glucose.
Follows an elimination strategy to identify and avoid foods that can cause allergies, says the University of Maryland Medical Center. Certain food allergies, such as those caused by wheat gluten, preservatives and dairy products, can have an impact on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. A disposal strategy involves removing a food for several weeks and then reintroducing it for allergic reactions.
Dietary strategies should not replace traditional medical treatment for hypoglycemia. Talk to your doctor before modifying your diet to treat this disease.