Food, Energy and Blood Sugar
Regulating your blood sugar is key in maintaining your health and well-being. Blood sugar is used in energy support for your entire body and comes from the food you eat. If levels are too high or too low, it can affect your physical health and your mood. Read on to find out what affects your blood sugar and what you can do to control it.
How food affects your blood sugar
High-carbohydrate, processed foods cause the biggest spike in your blood sugar. These include white grain products (rice, pasta and bread), cookies, processed cereals and sugary drinks. Liquid carbs like soda cause a faster rise in your blood sugar than solid since they’re absorbed more quickly.
Food that contains protein and fat also contributes to high blood sugar—through calories. If you eat more calories than you burn, they become fat stored in your body. The resulting weight gain causes your body to be less sensitive to insulin, a hormone necessary in regulating blood sugar. The end result is higher blood sugar levels.
How high blood sugar affects your mood
When your blood sugar level spikes, you might notice a change in your mood. You may find you’re more irritable, tired and have a hard time concentrating. Persistently high blood sugar levels have even been linked to anxiety and depression.
This can also work in reverse. High stress levels release hormones that can cause a rise in blood sugar. So if you’re feeling stressed out and eating food that can spike your blood sugar, you may face unhealthy blood sugar levels.
Eat a healthy balance
You don’t have to stop eating carbohydrates to save your blood sugar. You just need to balance the amount of carbs you eat with other foods. Protein, fat and fiber all help to slow down the digestion of carbs, which will help reduce spikes in blood sugar levels. Portion size also plays a factor, so try eating smaller meals and snacks more often throughout the day rather than a few large meals.