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Natural Prescription for Cravings

By Mike Koskiniemi PhD – Motions Fitness

When the Cravings Hit

It happens to almost everyone. You’ve eaten a good dinner, you’re not really hungry but all of a sudden you need something bad and you need it now! You feel the cravings for foods that are off limits

Next time that snacking urge hits, reach for this magic potion.

Take 30g of Glutamine powder with 12 fluid ounces of heavy cream or coconut milk and just a touch of non-sugar sweetener. Mix it all together in a shaker bottle. Take a shot glass and pour yourself a shot and take it. The immediate desire to eat something sweet will pass! If it doesn’t, just take another dose. You can have as many as you need to curb your snacking urge. According to the research, it could take up to a month to wean off snacking temptations.

It’s that simple, and it works every time!

The Glutamine Effect

I first learned about using Glutamine from Dr. Robert Atkins, M.D., who learned about it from Dr. Roger Williams, M.D. Williams, a pioneer in nutritional medicine. Over sixty years ago Dr. Williams at the University of Texas pointed out the settling effect glutamine, has on sugar cravings. He was one of the first to recognize the deep and intimate connection between sugar cravings and glutamine.

When it comes to these cravings, Glutamine is pure magic. L-glutamine (also known as Glutamine) is the most abundant amino acid in the human body. The majority of it is stored in the muscles and depleted performing heavy exercise or during serious injury or illness, especially gastrointestinal problems. The power comes into play as glutamine easily converts to glucose that decreases physiological cravings. Also, it is one of the two primary energy providers that burn glycogen to provide fuel to the brain and stimulates many neuro-functions. It also helps in improving insulin sensitivity. Glutamine deficiency plays an important part in appetite, taste perception, learning ability, and the integrity of the immune system.

Cravings and Emotional Patterns

Here’s the pattern. You get a blast of glucose from a chemically infused, high-carbohydrate piece of junk-food that hits the blood stream triggering a sudden spike in glucose levels. The pancreas responds to this sudden glucose shift by releasing insulin to restore blood sugar levels back to a normal range. Repeated challenges to the pancreas with glucose-spiking foods stimulates an over-response of too much insulin, which drives blood sugar levels below normal ranges (hypoglycemia), Furthermore, this persistent pattern weakens the adrenal glands ability to restore glucose levels back to a normal range, leaving you in a prolonged symptomatic hypoglycemic state (hypoadrenocorticalism). The glucose-deficient brain automatically sends a signal for more glucose.

The decision to eat more junk food is spontaneous

A number of recent findings linking emotional symptoms such as sugar cravings to nutrient deficiency and altered neurochemistry states that an emphasis on biochemical techniques such as this concoction may be effective in reversing many previously unmanaged symptoms such as sugar cravings.

Several studies have demonstrated that hypoglycemia can disrupt amino acid uptake. To begin, hypoglycemia impairs an amino acid’s transport (tryptophan) to the brain, affecting serotonin levels that plays a key role in appetite, depression, restlessness, and other “mood” states. Another amino acid, tyrosine, a precursor to norepinephrine, and tryptophan the precursor to serotonin, is also affected. Glutamine provides a ready source of brain fuel for hypoglycemia and helps stave off sugar cravings … that develop when blood sugar levels drop too low.

Similarly, hypoglycemia impairs low level thiamine transport, affecting irritability, aggressiveness, and impulse control, as well as memory loss and lack of concentration. Hypoadrenocorticalism increases magnesium, calcium and zinc compartmental displacement. It is important to recognize that these and other minerals play a role in health symptoms labeled “emotional”. Correcting these nutritional deficiencies or imbalances, may be an essential component of overeating and binge eating treatment.

Give Glutamine a Try

When you experience a craving, it’s because your brain wants sugar—now! Glutamine is an alternate source of glucose available to the brain, plus it gets there quickly! You can take a shot of the glutamine concoction and you’ll feel the crave-reducing effect within minutes. Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., a Canadian psychiatrist and one of the pioneers in the practice of orthomolecular medicine calls Glutamine “an amazing amino acid that can help individuals overcome the physiological cravings for junk foods.”

mike kDr. Michael Koskiniemi practices out of Michigan at his Marquette, MI-based Motions Fitness facility where he applies the expertise he developed during his Ph.D in psychology and his S&C coaching with Charles R. Poliquin to help clients transform their lives, lose fat and keep it off…  for good!