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    Default Amino Acid Therapy for Anorexia/Bulimia/Binge Eating/Emotional Eating

    Mood Foods: How Amino Acids Feed Your Brain

    The four key mood chemicals (neurotransmitters) are made of amino acids. There are at least twenty two amino acids contained in protein foods. High protein foods, such as fish, eggs, chicken and beef, contain all twenty two, including the nine amino acids that are considered essential for humans. Other foods, such as grains and pulses, have some but not all of the essential nine aminos, so they need to be carefully combined to provide a complete protein (for example, rice and pulses, or sweetcorn and nuts).

    Restoring depleted brain chemistry sounds like a big job - but it isn't. Three of the four neurotransmitters that colour all your moods are made from just a single amino acid each. You can easily add the specific ones that may be deficient. Hundreds of research studies at Harvard, MIT and elsewhere have confirmed the effectiveness of using just a few targeted amino acid "precursors" to increase the key neurotransmitters, thereby eliminating depressin, anxiety and cravings for food, alchool and drugs.

    Stopping Carbohydrate Cravings

    It may sound impossible, but you can stop your food cravings almost instantly with just one amino acid supplement. Any absence of fuel for your brain's functions is perceived correctly by your body as a code-red emergency. Powerful biochemical messages then order you immediately to eat refined carbohydrates to fuel your brain quickly. There are only two fuels that the brain can readily use. 1. glucose, which is blood sugar made from sweets, starches or alchohol - 2. L-glutamine, an amino acid available in protein foods

    L-glutamine reaches the starving brain within minutes and can often immediately put a stop to even the most powerful sweet an starch cravings. The brain feeds on L-glutamine instead of glucose and is satisfied. L-glutamine is a natural food substance; in fact, it's the most abundant amino acid in our bodies. It serves many critical purposes: stabilizing our mental functioning, keeping us calm yet alert, and promoting good digestion.

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    Restoring Energy and Focus

    When your brain is adequately fuelled with its back up emergency supplies of L-glutamine, you are ready to rebuild your four key neurotransmitters, starting with dopamine/norepinephrine, your natural caffeine. Without this natural brain stimulant, you can be slow and tired and have a hard time concentrating. You don't sparkle and can't stay on track mentally. It's hard to get things done and you can feel dull and sometimes just want to stay in bed. Your physical as well as your mental energy drops without adequate norepinephrine. The amino acid that provides this jet-fuel is the nutritional powerhouse L-tyrosine. L-tyrosine also produces thyroid hormones and adrenalin. Like L-glutamine, L-tyrosine goes to work in minutes to perk you up.

    Enhancing Your Ability to Relax

    The next key mood enhancing chemical is GABA, our natural Valium. GABA acts like a sponge, soaking up excess adrenalin and other by products of stress and leaving us relaxed. GABA can even smooth out seizure activity in the brain. GABA can even give relief to heroin addicts going through the severe anxiety of early withdrawal.

    When Food is Comfort

    For many people overeating helps compensate for a depletion of the natural pain relievers, the endorphins. Life's pain can be unendurable without adequate amounts of these buffer chemicals. Some of us may be born with too little natural pain tolerance. We're overly sensitive to emotional pain. We may cry easily. Others of us use up too much endorphin through trauma and stress. We just run out, secpailly if we were born short on endorphins to begin with. When our comfort chemicals run low, many of us turn to comfort foods.

    If you need food as a reward and a treat, or to numb your feelings, your natural pleasure enhancers, the pain-killing endorphins, are probably in short supply. Foods that elevate your endorphin activity can easily become addictive. If you 'love' certain foods, those foods are firing a temporary surge of endorphins - the 'love' chemicals that are thousands of times stronger than heroin. Endorphins can do more than kill pain, the provide the sensation of pleasure too. Euphoria, joy, the "runners hgh" these are all feelings produced by endorphins. Some people have so much natural endorphin that they smile all th time and get great pleasure from everyday life.

    For anorexics and bulimics, and some emotional eaters, the trauma of starving and bingeing (and sometimes vomiting) can trigger an addictive endorphin high, because trauma of any kind can set of an automatic burst of soothing endorphins. You may know of people who felt no pain for hours after a terrible physical injury.

    Raising Serotonin, Our Natural Prozac

    Low serotonin can be the easiest deficiency of all to develop. Very few foods are high in the amino acid tryptophan, which is the only nutrient that the body can use to make serotonin. If you follow a very low calorie, low protein diet, or you inherited low serotonin levels or experience a lot of stress, or eat a lot of junk food, your levels can fall low enough to set off a major eating disorder or serious emotional distrubances.

    Restoring your serotonin levels can be a life or death matter. The sometimes fatal obsessions and self hate of builimics and anorexics are clearly linked to low serotonin levels.

    Obsessive fears and phobias are also common among peole with low serotonin levels.

    It may be a difficult adjustment for you to begin to see symptoms like control, fear and low self esteem as biochemical problems, not just psychological ones.

    Drugs like Prozac are called serotonin reuptake inhibitors because they keep whatever serotonin we have active. But they do not provide additional serotonn. Whatever mood-enhancing brain chemicals you have in short supply, they can be replenished quickly, easily and safely.

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    Anorexia and Bulimia: The direct Consequences of Nutrient Restriction

    Why is it so esy to become a bulimic? One reason is that both bingeing and vomiting can trigger waves of the potent brain chemicals - the endorphins. The release of these natural heroin-like brain chemicals helps establish the powerful compulsions that bulimics are helpless to fight.

    Once a person has "starved" themselves they can then lose their appetites as well as weight. No longer protected byhealthy rebound food cravings, they never get to the point where they just have tohave a cheeseburger. When very low calorie dieting becomes a way of life, a quick descent through the levels of starvation can be triggered.

    A few months into her first ever diet, 14 year old Courtney develped most of the symptoms of full-blown anorexia. She was chronically sick with colds and flu, lost her periods, and was too weak to exercise. She developed radical mood swings became hysterical and couldn't sleep.

    Anorexics get high on starvation. Anorexia triggers the same kind of powerful high that opiates like heroin give to drug users. When anorexics are given drugs that prevent opiates from affecting them, they go into a sudden withdrawal, just as heroin users do. Their highs are cut off. It turns out that anorexic starvation, like bulimic vomiting and bingeing, is a traumatic experience that can stimulate a deep survival mechanism: the release of endorphins and other powerful, natural durg-like chemicals that allow us to experience pleasure and energy. They also kill pain and stress. If your body has become addicted to them and you resume normal healthy eating, you will miss thehighs. This obsessive behaviour is actually caused by nutritional deficienceis - which, thankfully we can address.

    How Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies Can Lead to Eating disorders

    Vitamin B1 - Easily depleted by undereating as well as by high sugar, junk food diets, this is one of the nutrients that your body cannot make itself so you must get b from foods or supplements, you can find it in pulses, whole grains, seeds, meats and vegetables.

    Common Early Symptoms of Thiamin Deficiency
    Loss of appetite
    reduced weight
    abdominal discomfort
    constipation
    chest pain
    anxiety
    sleep distrubance
    fatigue
    lack of well begin
    depression
    irritation

    At some point your B1 levels may have dropped into the danger zone. You wee still the same person, but one day you had just enough B1, the next day you didn't and the symptoms of anorexia began to erupt like sores do onthe skins of people with vitamin C deficiency. Anorexia actually means "loss of appetite". When a condition such as vitamin B1 deficiency kills your appetite, you eat less, particularly if you are dieting to begin with. Suddenly dieting becomes easy. You aren't fighting a normal appetite any more. You lost it when you lost too much vitamin B1. It's not just your body fat that gets lose, its your muscle and bone and brain tissue too. Anorexics have empty spaces that show up on brain scans where they have literally lost brain weight.

    Zinc
    Zinc is hard to find even when we are not dieting. Red meat and sunflower seeds are high in zinc. Most anorexics and also actually binge eaters are low in zinc.

    Without enough zinc, the body can register only extreme sweetness, saltiness or spiciness as having any taste. Healthy food becomes unappetizing. In anorexics, little or not appetite at all remains. A five year study by Dr Schauss showed an astounding 85% recovery rate for binge eaters and anorexics in patients given zinc supplementation. Clients report that junk foods actually begin to be repellent and sweets "two sweet" once they have taken enough zinc, yet real foods taste good to them again.
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    Default Tryptophan Depletion: The Path to Depression, Low Self-esteem, Obsession and Eating D

    Serotonin as we discussed before is the most wellknown of the brain's four key mood regulators and is made from the amino acid L-tryptophan, because few foods contain high amounts of tryptophan it s one of the first nutrients that you can lose if you are not eating a healthy diet.

    When serotonin levels drop so do our feelings of self-esteem, these feelings can easily be the result of not eating the protein foods that keep serotonin levels high. As their serotonin-dependent self-esteem drops, girls tend to diet even more vigorously. "If I get thin enough, I'll feel good about myself again" - tragically they don't know that they will never be thin enough to satisfy their starving brains. Extreme dieting is actually the worst way to try to raise self esteem because the brain can only deteriorate further and become more self critical as it starves. More and more dieters world wide are experiencing this miserable side effect of starving the brain of nutrients.

    What so many therapists and others have observed as the central issue of "control" in anorexia often comes down to this: just as vitamin C deficiency results in an outbreak of red spots, so does tryptophan and serotonin deficiency result in an outbreak of the obsessive compulsive behaviour that we call "control".

    Tryptophan, Serotonin, Compulsive Overeating and Bulimia

    Some dieters who serotonin levels drop lose self esteem and become obsessed with weight loss but do not lose their appetites. On the contrary, it expands. In the late afternoon and evening, especially in winter and during PMS (low serotonin times for all of us) they can become ravenous and binge on sweets and starchers.

    In one study overeaters were deprived of the single protein tryptophan, their serotonin levels dropped and they binged more violently, ingesting and purging an verage of 900 calories more each day. Note that most compuslive eaters do not vomit. But eating junk food can lower their serotonin levels too, causing the same wild cravings and self hate that bulimics suffer.

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    Default Supplements to Help You Recover

    Liquid zinc 40mg

    BioCare's Aloe-C 1oz diluted

    L-glutamine, 500mg (to reduce cravings)

    Vitamin B complex

    Vitamin B1 (thiamin) 100mg

    Emergen-C Lite packets (1,000 mg vitamin C with extra electrolytes)

    5-HTP, 50 mg or L-tryptophan by prescription, 500mg

    St John's wort, 300mg if not on SSRis or BCPs

    DLPA, 500mg (or DPA 200-500mg) to restore pleasure and energy, help stay away from sweets and caffeine as "drugs"

    GABA 100-500mg (for relaxation, anti stress and helps insomnia)

    Tyrosine, 500mg (for low energy and alcohol/caffeine cravings)

    Complete Digestive Enzymes with HCI


    If you are taking any medications you may need to check any possible interractions. Also you may want to check with your Doctor re supplementation - especially if you have other existing health problems.


    All of this information has been taken from a book entitled

    The diet Cure by Julia Ross
    http://herbalremedies.com/dietcure.html
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