When It Comes To Addictions It’s Not All In Your Head
For years addictions have been treated like a disease when its really more about nutritional deficiencies. When it comes to holistic addiction treatments the brain is central, in part, in helping to get addiction under control. Getting the brain what it needs to function optimally can be done with diet. Proper nourishment, such as foods high in glucose and mineral salts can stop the brain's electrical impulses from short-circuiting and end addictive behaviors.
Addictions are really hard to deal with in so many ways. The hardest part of dealing with addiction is gaining an understanding of how addictions happen. This lack of understanding is what makes addictions challenging to deal with. A holistic drug detox at home may involve addressing dietary deficiencies and issues, much of which, are the root cause of addictions.
There are so many kinds of addictions -- sugar addictions, food addiction, sex addictions, diet soda addictions, combative personality addictions, chocolate addictions, alcohol addictions and drug addictions to name a few. Generally though, all addictions stem from two main causes.
There Are Two Known Root Causes of Addiction
There are debates about addiction being a hereditary and being a disease, however studies do suggest that drug addiction is a problem with the brain.The good thing however, is that even in someone who has a brain wired for addiction, it is not inevitable.
Whether hereditary or not, there are two root causes to be addressed with addictions – one cause is adrenaline, the other is glucose. Everything else is triggers -- sadness, stress, shock, pain, etc. For example, food addictions are a popular addiction -- many times food is used emotionally for soothing after being triggered during anxious and emotional times.
Adrenaline is one of the most addictive drugs made inside the human body. Once released, adrenaline (or epinephrine) can cause a euphoric feeling. Physiologically, adrenaline can cause the heart rate to rise, reduce blood flow or speed it up, and adrenaline can even affect how humans metabolize glucose and fats. That being said, when the addiction to adrenaline becomes dependent, an adrenaline addict needs more and more of it, even to the point of putting themselves into dangerous situations.
A study on Impaired Glucose Metabolism in Heroin and Methadone Users published in the journal Hormone and Metabolic Research examined the effects of glucose metabolism in addicts.The study looked at plasma glucose and insulin responses to both oral and intravenous glucose stimulation. These responses were evaluated in heroin and methadone addicts as compared to healthy non-addict subjects.
Both groups of addicts had an altered response to oral and intravenous glucose load. These phenomena were linked to a reduced insulin response, but increased fasting insulin levels in both groups of addicts were observed.
Results confirmed that both heroin and methadone addiction alter glucose metabolism, and, furthermore, stress the findings of similarities between opiate addicts and non-insulin dependent diabetics.
Addiction Begins In the Brain
The human brain depends upon glucose as its main source of energy, and glucose metabolism is critical for brain function. Consistent with its critical role for brain function, disruption of normal glucose metabolism as well as its interdependence with cell death pathways forms the basis for many brain disorders, according to research. This can include addiction.
A study published in The Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism confirms that glucose is a necessary substrate to maintain neurotransmitter homeostasis during synaptic activity. When there is a deficiency of the the correct glucose to the brain, that contain the vitamins and minerals vital to its function-- such as those in fruits and vegetables-- synaptic activity may become erratic.
Put simply, the stressors of life can cause neurotransmitters to rely on certain transporters such as sodium, magnesium, potassium and glucose to create active electrical impulses in the brain. But when you’re stressed or under any kind of pressure, that electrical impulse can short circuit. This short-circuiting can also be caused by heavy metal toxicity.
When short-circuiting of an electrical impulse happens in your brain, this is where there’ addiction –that’s when you want to reach for that addictive “something”-- be it food, alcohol, drugs, etc. But what you really need at that moment is glucose.
Typically, what addicts tend to do is grab the wrong sugar. This could be candy bars, coffee with sugar, and dairy, or even cheese (which is lactose, a form of sugar) or processed foods such as cookies. This is not the type of sugar the brain needs, since it is also devoid of vitamins, minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and mineral salts, which the brain uses to transport electrical impulses. What the brain requires is the type of nourishing glucose that comes from fruits and vegetables.
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This lack of glucose in the brain is likely the reason why people become addicted to wine or alcohol, for example. Alcohol is a methyl sugar, and the addiction occurs because the addict is likely trying to get sugar to the brain and using wine instead of grapes for example, to get that ‘good’ sugar to the brain. But, as long as the brain is deficient in glucose reserves, the addiction will continue.
Glucose is Critical To Avoiding Addictions
Conceivably, any addiction can start as a sugar addiction since your body needs glucose from the right sugar sources, and it needs them desperately. Glucose keeps us alive and it can stop you from getting into addictions if you have the proper glucose reserves in the brain to optimize your brain function.
The bottom line with addictions is, if you are deficient in glucose and mineral salts that come from foods like fruit and leafy green vegetables – if you don’t get the right kind of glucose from the foods that provide these in abundance, and you don’t get the brain what it needs to function optimally, addiction will continue.
Hypothetically, if you, for one reason or another, decide to go off sugar completely– and go on to a high protein, low carb diet, depriving your brain of the glucose it needs to create smooth electrical impulses, then you can set yourself back and also set yourself up for an adrenaline addiction.
Adrenaline Is Also Why People Get Addicted To Drugs and Alcohol
The adrenals play an important role in addictions. If you don’t have adequate glucose stores in the brain or eat enough of “good sugars” your adrenals will start dumping epinephrine into your body to replace the glucose that is lost. This unloading of adrenaline creates a type of euphoria that can become addictive and can cause you to reach for that addictive substance, such as alcohol or drugs. It is this constant release of adrenaline that burns out your adrenals over time and creates the basis for your addiction or binge to occur ---and so continues the process of addiction.
Adrenaline Is The Real Addiction
Drug and alcohol addiction is really all about adrenaline addiction. So for example, your adrenals would flood your body with adrenaline every time you took an amphetamine. In other words, the adrenaline release would be your fix.
What Does Heavy Metal Toxicity Have To Do With It?
Healing from addictions means getting glucose and mineral salts from fruits and leafy greens and other vegetables to support the glucose deficiency that’s behind 90% of addictions.
Heavy metals in the brain can also cause a short circuit of electrical impulses that cause addiction. Again, the cause is deficiencies of glucose and minerals salts.
Removing heavy metals from the body by eating foods such as cilantro, wild blueberries, Spirulina, Atlantic Dulse and Barley Grass Juice Extract daily, helps greatly in removing heavy metals from the tissues gently and slowly over time. Drinking celery juice daily also helps to replenish mineral salts.
Nourish Your Brain
Beating addiction is not as easy as simply eating fruits and vegetables – it is way more complicated than that, however getting enough of the proper nourishment for a starving brain can help greatly in recovery if the high glucose and mineral salt foods are eaten in high amounts.
Conversely, if you are off drugs for a long enough period of time and don’t get the proper amount of the natural glucose into your brain, the chance of relapse exists due to that adrenaline rush, which creates the euphoria that makes you reach for what ever it is you’re addicted to. This is why these foods are essential in healing both the adrenals and the brain.
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How to Restore The Addictive Brain
The first thing to do to restore the addictive brain and get electrical impulses working smoothly is to substantially increase the amount of leafy greens and high-mineralized fruits in your diet. Apples for example, are super high in minerals, as are melons, and kiwis. Mineral salts, glucose and potassium are needed for optimal function of neurotransmitters, and minerals are in abundance in dates and bananas. Eating plenty of these foods will provide the addicted brain with the right kinds of sugars to help end addictive behaviors.
Holistic Drug Detox At Home: How To Stave Off Addictive Behaviors
The brain is sweet as candy. It’s not made of fat. It’s made of glycogen storage – a carbohydrate. Your brain runs on this sugar and thus, glucose is what the brain needs to heal addiction. If you are interested in beginning a holistic drug detox at home, it’s important to understand that bad foods need to be replaced with high amounts of nourishing foods that are rich in natural sugars and mineral salts.
The brain has so much to do with addiction because of these nutritional deficiencies that have occurred over a lifetime. To repeat, electric impulses in the brain burn out because of glucose deficiency. Fruits and vegetables are the foods that have a high glucose mineral and vitamin content to restore electrical impulses in the brain provided enough of these foods are eaten on a daily basis.
In reference to the adrenaline rush associated with drug use, Sue Llufrio, Lead Counselor at Maryland Recovery states that "Most clients love the adrenaline rush of the getting and using and the preparation of using; not just the drug. This can create intense cravings in early recovery. When clients get triggered they feel this adrenaline surge. Llufrio further states that Maryland Recovery has found several alternative and complementary treatments to be effective in dealing with the adrenaline high. These involve:
1) Learning how to eliminate it,
2) Decrease it or
3) learn how to live with it by using aromatherapy, acu-detox, meditation, rhythmic techniques (square breathing and tapping), relaxation techniques, yoga and exercise."
Giving the body the correct form of glucose and mineral salt foods to stabilize both the adrenals and the brain aids greatly in tackling the underlying root causes of addiction. While it may seem simplistic, taking in abundant amounts of fresh nutrient-rich fruits, raw organic honey, lowering dietary fat, eating more nourishing foods such as sweet potatoes, and other vitamin and mineral-rich glucose foods, goes a long way in giving the brain the nourishment it needs to improve neuron function in and heal addiction holistically.
Source: William, Anthony. "Medical Medium Understanding Addictions Part I." Hayhouseradio.com. Accessed May 5, 2017. http://www.hayhouseradio.com/#!/episode/understanding-addictions-part-1.