Now call me a hypocondriac if you like, but heres what happened (I dont think I am, I was pretty darn relaxed about everything today).
Cooked some nice new tastes for dinner (which BTW was yum), my using 1/4 teaspoon tumeric, and 2 pretty darn heaped teaspoons cinnamon, along with some oregano and tomato for a chicken stirfry sauce.
About 3/4 of the way through the meal, i started to feel spacey. Then sweating alot, clamy hands, mildly accerelated heart rate (not dangerous, but higher than my normal), and pretty dizzy.
I got online and found both these spices lower blood glucose. After I found that out I drunk a small amount of glucose dissolved in water. It seemed to settle, over an hour. I have read that with low carb (I am 50-80grams/day), the body saves its glucose for the brain. These things seem to offer some kind of explaination...
Yes, I probably overused the spices. But in an average diet person who wasnt diabetic, I doubt they would have noticed any effect.
So my question is, has anyone else got a weird response from these spices on lower carb diets?
(Or is there an alternative explaination for why they had this effect)
(update, it wasnt hypoglycemia, it was hyperthyroid, probably induced by a very large increase of iodine in the diet. Think now my iodine is reduced, my thyroid is better - at least no notable symptoms,bu blood test is next week)
asked byJamie_14 (5381)
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on August 26, 2012
at 05:30 PM
did you check your blood sugar levels? it would be interesting to make sure that low blood sugar levels were the problems.
another potential causes would be an excess of mycotoxins (often found in high amounts in many spices)...
on July 29, 2012
at 03:53 PM
I use allthose spices by the bucket load, even when I did have diabetes type 2. Do you have type 1? Maybe if you eat them with a carb? Or try to build a better tolerance by starting with small doses?
Anyways, sorry you felt that way, I have and it feels awful.
on January 12, 2013
at 09:07 PM
Cinnamon is the natural source of Coumadin. It's a powerful blood thinner. It also has thermogenic properties. 2 tsp is A LOT to eat at once. I remember reading somewhere that it's not a good idea to ingest more than 1 1/2 tsp a day.
on August 27, 2012
at 12:24 PM
I've been using turmeric (in my daily scrambled eggs breakfast), ginger and cinnamon and I'm fine unless I go low carb.
When I eat less than 200 grams of carbs per day (I'm very skinny though) all my problems come back. Most of all my insomnia which skyrockets.
I'm still experimenting but whenever I reduce carbs for too many days in a row, all the symptoms knock my door.
P.S..I still have issues with my health with moderate/high carbs diet, but much less than when I do low carbs.
on August 26, 2012
at 05:46 PM
Low carb diets under 150 grams of carbs a day will wreak havoc on your thyroid and mess up blood sugar regulation and the ability of your liver to produce glucagon. hypoglycemia is the result.
Google low carb diet and hypothyroidism