Okay . . . from yesterday's conversation, we should now have the knowledge and ability to get the body flushing and ready to lose some "fat".
So today . . . let's talk about the chemicals in the brain that dictate to our "pleasure" foods and ability to control an addiction or "NOT".
You see . . . when we get to the part in this series about what foods are good or bad to eat . . . this topic won't mean a hill of beans . . . if we still have "cravings" and "no control". Not to mention . . . if we can't eliminate the fat.
So I think we can all agree, that the biggest problem with "any" diet . . . is controlling the "craving's" for our pleasure, "guilty" foods.
Okay . . . so listen up people . . . we now know from previous Health tips . . . that the brain chemical called "endorphin" . . . if "unbalanced" . . . makes us desire sweet and fatty food. This is our "pleasure" sensor and it makes us "think" these foods make us feel "good" and feel "happy". And are known as our "comfort" foods.
Now . . . "endorphin" also triggers the brain to release another chemical called "dopamine" which is the sensor that makes us continually "want" that sweet or fatty "pleasure" food. This is the "addiction" sensor in the brain if we're not in balance.
So how do we correct these chemicals so we don't "crave" these "guilty" foods?
Therefore . . . are finally able to get a plan together to lose the extra pounds????
Well . . . there's a specific amino acid the body produces for the brain and nervous system, that's supposed to regulate the chemicals "endorphin" and "dopamine". Therefore, no "cravings or "addiction" to our comfort foods.
But . . . when we don't produce enough of this "amino acid" . . . "endorphin" and dopamine" malfunction. And then add to that . . . "lectins" sending out miscommunication to the brain . . . we don't have a chance of getting rid of the cravings . . .
Now . . . this amino acid . . . acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and its natural function is to "reduce" the activity to inhibit nerve transmission in the brain.
So what does this mean???
Well . . . it calms nervous activity, anxiety, stress, fear, quiets the mind, helps with insomnia and sleeping better, reduces neck tension and reduces food cravings.
And this amino acid also significantly influences the activity of "dopamine" the addictive sensor.
You see . . . when we produce high levels of this amino acid . . . it results in a lower level of "dopamine", which plays a primary role in food addictions . . . And actually . . . any addiction such as sex, gambling, alcohol, smoking and drugs.
Studies have even shown that cravings for "cocaine" can be reduced by lowering "dopamine" levels and this is done with higher levels of this amino acid.
So if this amino acid can help kick "cocaine' addiction . . . it can surely help with food cravings.
So now you ask . . . how does the body become low or deficient in this amino acid???
Well . . . guess what???
We're right back to talking about "probiotics" and our "good" bacteria . . .
You see . . . when the "good" bacteria in our body is depleted by our Western diet, stress, environmental toxins and the medications we take . . .
The body doesn't have the ability to produce enough of this amino acid for the brain to control the chemicals "endorphin" and "dopamine".
So "probiotics" are important not only for digestive health and eliminating the "lectins" we consume . . . but also for increasing "dopamine" production and improving mood and addictive actions.
Other elements to fight the cravings would be . . . magnesium, which regulates glucose and insulin levels and well as dopamine . . . zinc, which helps the body metabolize insulin and glucose . . . and L-glutamine an amino acid that balances blood sugar, which helps reduce cravings.
We'll talk more about this a little later.
So again . . . I can't stress enough how important it is to rebuild our "good" bacteria by taking a compliant "probiotic" or consuming compliant fermented foods like "water kefir".
But . . . if you're in need of a compliant "amino acid" supplement to help with this process of putting a halt to cravings and addiction . . . . Click here for a link.
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