Unbalanced Brain Chemistry
Brain chemicals are a thousand times stronger than many street drugs. If your brain is depleted, your body sends out a signal much stronger than anyone’s willpower to find a temporary, quick fix (i.e. FOOD). Your body cannot function without these brain chemicals, and will use quick fuel and energy as a substitute for them. In many ways, your body uses food as a temporary balancer, and in a very similar way some people need street drugs to keep themselves temporarily balanced. Take away the drugs or the quick fuel like sweets and breads, and your body is sent spiraling out of control. By balancing these brain chemicals, you can support your body’s balance so that you no longer need or crave the sweets. These chemicals were discovered first to help treat drug addictions, but Julia Ross found that people at her clinic that were struggling with food addictions and cravings responded incredibly well to them as well. Is that really any surprise?? The brain chemicals that regulate appetite include:
- Glucose –The body carefully regulates how much blood sugar is in your blood
- Serotonin – Natural antidepressant and sleep promoters
- GABA – Our natural tranquilizer
- Catecholemines – Our natural energizers and mental focusers
- Endorphins – Your pain reducers
The good news is that it is much simpler than you would think to re-establish your brain chemical balance. Each of the above brain chemicals are created from a single amino acid each. By supplementing with these amino acids (they can be easily found at nutrition stores) you can balance your brain chemistry and drastically reduce food cravings. In the following sections, we’ll review each amino acid and what kind of cravings they can help. ** I highly suggest picking up a copy of Julia’s book (HERE) before trying any supplements. ** This post is meant to be a brief overview of a very complex topic, and before supplementing, you need to have ALL the information. There are certain conditions that are made WORSE by using these supplements.
There are only two fuels that the brain can readily use:
- Glucose, which absorbed quickly from sweets or starches
- L-Glutamine, an amino acid protein made from foods
When we run out of fuel for our brain, we will start craving quick energy from sweets and breads. L-Glutamine is the only other fuel the brain can easily use. Glutamine reaches the depleted brain within minutes and can often immediately put a stop to even the most powerful sweet and starch cravings
L-Tyrosine and Catecholamines
Catecholamines are your natural caffeine. Without catecholamines, you can be slowed down and have a hard time concentrating. You’re less animated and enthusiastic. L-Tyrosine produces the four catecholemines L-Dopa, Dopamine, Adrenaline, and Norepinephrine. It can be a powerful supplement for people who crave pick me ups from caffeine, sweets, chocolate, sugar, etc.
Tryptophan and 5-HTP
Tryptophan and 5-HTP are precursors to your feel-good chemical serotonin. They can be useful for people who use carbs to take the edge off of anxiety, depression, or insomnia. This is the easiest deficiency to develop. You can inherit low serotonin levels or they can be depleted through stress or trauma
GABA is your natural tranquilizer. It’s a natural stress reducer and is helpful for the adrenal glands. This is a great supplement for people who eat to relieve stress.
DL-PHenylalanin is the precursor to your endorphins. It can be helpful for people who are very sensitive to emotional (or physical) pain, or those that crave treats for comfort, enjoyment, reward, or numbing.
Alright, now that you’ve got an overview of these important brain chemicals, what do you do about it??
- Check out Julia Ross’s website to take a symptom survey (HERE) to give you clues about what brain chemicals you may be deficient in.
- Grab a copy of her book HERE for the self-survey and more information about how to fix these brain chemicals
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