Sugar consumption causes rapid blood sugar fluctuations including headaches that can be the result of high blood sugar which can occur immediately after eating it, or conversely, excessively low blood sugar that arises about an hour or so after eating sugar. People who have insulin resistance or diabetes are especially at risk of headaches resulting from high blood sugar because insufficient insulin in response to excessive sugar consumption can keep blood sugars unnaturally high and potentially dangerous.
HOW TO GET OFF THE BLOOD SUGAR ROLLER COASTER FOR GOOD
You can balance your blood sugar and nix cravings to get off the blood sugar roller coaster for good and stop experiencing its many harmful effects. Here are some simple strategies:
Eat less sugar
While it is okay to have a small amount of sugar on occasion, it is a good idea to reduce the overall amount you eat. That’s something only you can do for yourself.
Eat a piece of fruit
Before you completely cave into dessert, eat a piece of fruit. While fruit contains sugar, it is in a form that requires the body to metabolize it, along with beneficial fiber and plant nutrients that help slow its absorption or improve its use.
Eat fiber at every meal
Fiber helps to slow the absorption of sugar into the blood stream thereby reducing the likelihood of blood sugar highs and lows.
Snack on healthy snacks
By eating small amounts periodically we help to prevent our blood sugar from dropping to low levels, which in turn causes cravings for unhealthy foods like sweets.
Eat high protein plant foods
Like fiber, protein in foods slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.
Sprinkle cinnamon on your meals
Research has shown that cinnamon improves all markers of the condition known as metabolic syndrome, the symptoms of which include high blood sugar levels, abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels and excessive abdominal fat.
Supplement with saffron
Saffron contains a natural compound known as crocetin which reduces insulin resistance.
Eat more cultured foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and vegan yogurt
Research has shown that probiotics in the gut can improve glucose metabolism in the body.
Switch to stevia
When sweetening coffee, tea or other foods and beverages, choose stevia since it does not impact blood sugar levels.