Is something as simple as low blood sugar keeping you from getting things done?
I’ve often felt like my lack of energy, motivation and occasional “forgetfulness” is a sign of me being lazy or avoiding things that I just don’t feel like doing.
It didn’t ever cross my mind that the reason I’m feeling a bit stuck, low on motivation or unproductive could be something as simple as low blood sugar.
Here is what I discovered about having low blood sugar.
How can low blood sugar stop you from achieving your goals? Let’s get a little scientific here…
Every cell in your body needs energy to function. The main source of energy is sugar (glucose). Blood sugar is essential to proper brain, heart, and digestive function.
When neurons that transmit messages from our brains to the rest of our body are depleted of nutrients, they start to lack function, breaking the healthy chain of transmitting important information to the rest of our bodies, including our thoughts and actions.
So, what happens to the neurotransmitters when our blood sugar is low or fluctuating?
Neurons need sugar (glucose) more than any cell in the body, and when our glucose level is low, there is not enough supply for our neurons to use, so we experience a state of “brain fog” or confusion, making it hard to focus, stay on track or retain information. That equals forgetfulness.
Here are some symptoms I was experiencing:
- Feeling shaky
- Being nervous or anxious
- Sweating, chills and clamminess
- Irritability or impatience
- Fast heartbeat
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
If you too are experiencing the symptoms of low blood sugar, consider eating one of these quickly metabolized carbohydrates to help boost your glucose levels (these are my go to’s):
1 small apple
1 small orange
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons of raisins
When I don’t have access to any of these foods, I consider fruit juice or candies such as gummy bears, life savers or sugary mints. I only resort to these when in a pinch — real food is my first line of defence.
Eating a healthy, well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting 30 minutes of physical activity each day will also help improve your overall health and will fuel your brain to help you be the best version of yourself – allowing you to reach your goals in both business and life.
*Disclaimer: This information is in no way a medical diagnosis, nor is it to be used as such. It is important to talk to your Doctor about all medical conditions and symptoms you may be experiencing.