Lynda Pasqua MA, CHWC, CHAP 239-330-4414
As humans, we are very complex chemical manufacturing plants that convert our fuel (food) into chemicals, allowing our body to work as marvelously as it does in all realms: the physical, emotional and spiritual. To underestimate, or not to estimate at all, the role our biochemistry plays in this balancing act would be like putting a puzzle together with the major pieces missing. Our body chemicals communicate and direct our cells over our nervous system, our eons-old internal internet. The relationship between brain chemistry imbalance symptoms such as mood disorders, inattentiveness and addictive behaviors is both psychological and physiological. To date, we have been taught to focus more on the psychological aspects rather than the physiological ones. That is now changing and with good reason.
Our emotional makeup, moods and personality, though influenced by our genes and our environment, are pretty much determined by the neurotransmitter production that goes on in our brain. These neurotransmitters are made from amino acid molecules found in our protein food sources, which most people either don’t get enough of, or are unable to absorb and use. Vitamin and mineral cofactors (helpers) are also needed to make these neurotransmitters.
Since amino acids and vitamin/mineral cofactors are often missing from our diets, nutritional deficiencies often cause brain chemistry imbalances. In addition to nutritional deficiencies, common GI tract damage and heavy metal toxic overload also contribute to symptoms related to brain chemistry imbalances.
Most people make their problem worse by using artificial ways to try to feel good, relax or get energy because they really don’t know what else to do. We all want to feel better and we reach for whatever is at hand to make that happen. This is a normal reaction. With the information in Rebooting Your Brain Without Sugar, Drugs or Alcohol you can learn how to do this simply and naturally by following just a few steps. You will find out how something that initially may make you feel better just makes your problem worse. This information may expand your awareness into new ways for you to successfully deal with dysfunctional and addictive behaviors.
Current ideas about addictions are changing., although most addictions treatment programs are still based on the belief that substance use problems are caused by emotional and psychological factors. The primary strategies used for recovery in the past: the moral, psychological approaches. are still used today. These approaches, however, have high relapse rates because they do not correct the underlying cause of addictions, physiological imbalances.
With our advanced understanding of the physiology of the human body at the cellular and molecular levels, and advances in laboratory testing. current research now shows that substance cravings, mood swings, and dysfunctional behavior are driven by biochemical imbalances that are disrupting the production of neurotransmitters.
Biochemical imbalances often result when our brains are unable to get the nutrients they need to produce adequate amounts of neurotransmitters. Other reasons our natural brain chemistry may become disrupted are toxins in the environment, physical or emotional stress, and genetic predisposition.
These imbalances can be corrected and have normal neurotransmitter production restored by supplying the brain with the raw materials it needs to rebalance its biochemistry while the impediments to their absorption or assimilation are removed. Heavy metal toxicity causes a disruption in neurotransmitter production. An unhealthy GI tract will prevent even the best of nutrients from reaching pathways for assimilation.
Today, the most critical components in food, drug or alcohol recovery become the rebalancing of brain chemistry and detoxifying the body. It is not just removing drug, alcohol or reactive food residues from the body. And it does not consist only of psychological and behavioral changes, although these are important aspects in recovery. For long-term sustained recovery the re-establishment of normal brain chemistry must be the first goal. We have entered a new age with advanced knowledge to enable those suffering from addictions to regain their natural biochemical balance, and with that, an easier path for psychological or behavioral issues that need resolution.