Hi, my name is Dr. Troy Giles. I’m a Doctor of Chiropractic, and a Natural Internist. Today I wanted to talk to you a little bit about dysglycemia or hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, but dis means abnormal, “glyc” means sugar and “emia” means in the blood, so abnormal blood sugars. Specifically I want to talk right now about hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Many times we have, we don’t have a good regulation between the pancreas and the liver. The pancreas is in charge of producing in the endocrine system. That is the part that is producing the insulin and glucagon. Insulin is released when you have a lot of sugar and that sugar is stored in the cells as fat. When there’s low sugar, then glucagon, glucose gone, is a hormone that’s released to pull carbohydrate stores out of the liver to maintain a blood sugar. This is a good picture right here. The blue line would represent a normal blood sugar level. It’s going to raise up slowly and drop slowly. So let’s think if you have your lunch and you have a bunch of, you know, a bunch of carbs with it, pie and all that kind of stuff, and let’s say you ate it at 12:00. About one or two, you’re going to start having the low sugar, because you dropped in to a lower sugar here. So now you’re starting to search for carbohydrates. That’s going to bring your blood sugar back up, more insulin is released, drops it back down, up and down, up and down. If you can eat more of a complex carbohydrate diet, that would be whole fruits, whole vegetables, that way the body has to digest through those as it digests through the complex cells of the apple. Let’s say you’re eating a regular apple, you’ve got to digest through the meat of the apple, where the sugars are hidden. Versus if you drink apple juice straight, that’s just straight sugar. So what we’re trying to do is have you eat more complex, means raw vegetables, raw fruits, nuts and seeds. Those kinds of things are raw so that your body has more time. It takes more time to digest and extract the sugars out of those foods. So you’re going to have a slower raise and then a slower fall. Right here is where the glucagon would be released to bring the sugars back up to normal. Then you would eat your meal up here, versus drop way low and then search around for sugars and then brings it back up, and down and back up, and down. In order to do this concept where it’s smaller, it’s lower, it’s slower raises and slower falls, you need to eat more complex foods. So one thing that I do is I go to my, I go to Costco. Costco’s got a good price on pretty much everything. I’ve got raw almonds here. I’ve got mixed nuts here. Now the mixed nuts I bought, that are salted and they’ve been cooked or whatever, they’re roasted. So you understand this actually, let’s come in here. So you get this a little bit better, how to make this. Here are the mixed nuts . That’s what it looks like, the Kirkland brand, and you can go to your health food store and go wherever you want, but I just go to Costco because it’s got a good price. So I get the quality fancy mixed nuts that are salted and then I get a bag of almonds and a bag of Craisins. So you can see here, well there’s a Craisin right there. Then here’s a blueberry. So I get a bag of Craisins and a bag of blueberries. So now I have raw almonds, a bag, one plastic of mixed dried nuts, salted, a bag of Craisins and a bag of blueberries. Mixing all that together won’t fit into a bowl that’s pretty big. I actually dump it in to a white, into a garbage sack that’s this size, okay? So I get a garbage sack this size and I dump all of my mixture into that clean garbage sack and then I mix it around and then I put it into Ziplock bags. It will usually fill about two to three Ziplock bags. Then I keep this one, that has a lid on it for eating out of. So I’ll eat here at the office out of this container, or at my house I have this container. It’s easier to get in to. Let’s say at 10 o’clock, this is my hand, this would be a handful, roughly that much, I have my breakfast at 6, 6:30, 7 in the morning and by 10 o’clock with patients working all day, I’m hungry. So a handful of that gives me, this is all complex. This is all complex. These are dried and with the protein and the oil of the nut that’s now going to be a good complex bit of snack, if you will. So if we’re trying to maintain an appropriate blood sugar, we want to try to eat many, many meals, small meals. So that could be a meal for me, just that handful. So I’m eating a breakfast, a lunch, or a snack at ten, lunch at twelve, snack at two or three, dinner at five, maybe even another snack at eight, but they’re smaller meals, smaller portions, roughly the size that, a meal would be appropriate that would fit in the size of your two hands cupped together, because you’re eating a lot. Because what happens is we eat a whole bunch of food for breakfast, a big, big meal. By the time we’ve broken through and digested that, it’s time for lunch again. So now we have a big lunch and we’re digesting through that and it’s time for dinner. So our stomach is constantly in digestion state, not breaking through, getting through it, and getting that food on in to the small intestine. It can relax now. Your body can start to relax down. So that’s going to maintain it as well, slower raises, slower falls, not so much carbohydrate that’s simple. It’s more complex, so a slower raise and a slower fall. That way there’s less insulin needed to store your sugars as fat and you’re actually using more glucagon, which we rarely, in our diet as Americans, very rarely get into glucagon, but when our blood sugars drop, we should be able to pull carbohydrate stores out of the liver to maintain our blood sugar levels appropriately. So the other meaty meal that’s really good is two or three chicken chunks. You can take some chicken breast and fry it up, dice it into little chunks. Keep that around in a Ziploc bag in your refrigerator. So two or three chicken chunks, maybe ten almonds, five or six baby carrots. Again it fits in about the palm of your hand. That’s going to go in and that can be another one of the meals. I’m telling you to eat when you’re hungry, but don’t eat past fullness. Generally speaking any kind of plate we eat, we’re full, our stomach is full before we sense that we’re full. It takes almost 20 minutes for your body to sense oh okay, I’m full. By then you filled it clear past where you should be. So it almost is like a washing machine. When you fill your washing machine too much and then you put the soap on the top, the older kind of washing machines that kind of rotate like this, and you open up, if you fill it too full, there’s not enough water and there’s not enough movement to draw, to draw the soap down in through the laundry wash. So you end up not washing well your clothes. You fill your stomach too full it doesn’t digest well with the digestive enzymes, you have mal-digestion and then you get sick and so forth. So it’s much less stress on your body to eat many mini meals. So I hope that’s been good for you. If you have any questions on this feel free to call the office. We’ll be more than happy to help you. You can send a hair sample to us and we can scan you. One more thing. Let’s go back here. I forgot to show you, I always talk about, I always talk about the relationship of the spine to the organs, but T6 right here that I have checked, that’s what works with the pancreas. So many times right in the center of your mid back if that’s mis-aligned and you’re getting abnormal flow, it’s not going to flow out to the organs of the pancreas. So adjusting, I don’t care what you ask me. I don’t care what disease your dealing with, as a chiropractor, as a natural internist, the importance of the neurology of the spine, the brain, and down the spine to the organs, is vital. Misaligning the vertebrae causes inflammatory states. The nerve roots where the nerve exits the spine, if those are compressed, with the weight of a nickel, that nerve root can be diminished and blood flow or electrical flow to the organ diminishes. So you want to make sure that the conduit of your brain connecting to your organs is open and moving well. That’s chiropractic. Okay, enough, have a great weekend.