ALCOHOL is a liquid sugar. The REFINED FOODS we eat are sugar. As a result, I shall attempt to explain what happens to your brain when someone is addicted to sugar and/or alcohol.
Nearly 100% of those addicted to sugar/alcohol have abnormal five-hour glucose tolerance tests indicating that this is a metabolic disorder. Some call this affluent malnutrition.
Repairing the damage to every organ requires a biochemical panoramic treatment approach. Simply eliminating the offending substance will not solve the issue.
Many of the negative feelings disappear when brain chemistry heals.
People can either be born with addictive biochemistry (although it is not genetic!) or acquire addicted biochemistry through unknowledgeable lifestyles.
If you ignore your body’s needs, your inner wisdom will turn instead to turmoil and chaos. Sugar and alcohol addiction literally disables your ability to respond in a healthy way to your environment, cutting you off from the natural flow toward good which is called grace.
Those born with an inborn deficient neuroendocrine system and an imbalanced brain chemistry, are at risk of dependence on ANY drug that relieves the psychological, emotional, and physical symptoms caused by being naturally under medicated due to a deficiency in key neurotransmitters required for a healthy mind.
Genes can only express what the environment asks of them.
To date an alcoholic gene has not been discovered. However, a disorder in metabolism, a disorder in how your body handles sugar has been discovered. Sugar/alcohol addiction is the result of the cellular environment being drastically changed by the chronic invasion of a chemical that it must either learn how to accommodate for or die.
Alcoholism is extremely responsive to neurotransmitter and nutritional repletion since their deficiencies and imbalances give life to the symptoms of addiction. This gives me pause as I vision AA meetings offering donuts and coffee with sugar, trading one addiction for another.
Sugar/alcohol addiction is a person’s dependency on sugar to feel right in body and mind.
Nutritional deficiencies make it impossible for the brain to produce the right amount of its own healthy neurotransmitters, and give sugar metabolites the opportunity to step in and bind to the receptors meant for healthy, naturally produced neurotransmitters.
The amino acids in the proteins we eat are the building blocks for neurotransmitters. Metabolizing alcohol and its associated sugars, and detoxifying its poisonous metabolites, exhausts the body’s supplies of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids (fish oils/Krill oil). This means that anyone who is addicted to sugar/alcohol is suffering from malnutrition.
Low Serotonin (a brain chemical) levels are linked to most, if not all, obsessive and compulsive behaviors.
Upregulated brain chemistry is a result of the brain being unable to provide the number of neurotransmitters required to meet the demands of a healthy number of its corresponding receptors. If there isn’t a large enough beta-endorphin and serotonin supply, the body will create MORE Serotonin and Beta-Endorphin receptor sites in a chemical effort to find and bind with what little Serotonin and Beta-Endorphin neurotransmitters are available.
When people with this kind of brain chemistry eat sugar/drink alcohol, they experience a far more EUPHORIC response than people with balanced brain chemistry do because the upregulated Beta-Endorphin and Serotonin receptor sites cause a saturated infusion of the incoming neurotransmitters docking on them. Combine the fact that sugar/alcohol promotes the release of EXCESS Beta-Endorphins, and the sugar associated with alcohol prompts a quick, spiked release of Serotonin which makes the person get a very pronounced response to sugar/alcohol. Have you ever wondered why some people experience a change in personality when they drink alcohol or eat too refined food?
Serotonin levels spike because sugar/alcohol are simple sugars which helps Tryptophan (an amino acid which converts to Serotonin) cross the blood brain barrier while blocking other amino acids from crossing. As Serotonin floods your receptors, you feel temporarily better. As an aside, if a woman is deficient in Estrogen, Serotonin has difficulty binding to receptors and won\\\’t work.
Like the Ginzu knife commercial there is more. Something else is happening biochemically: the byproduct of alcohol metabolism, acetylaldehyde, combines with Dopamine and Serotonin to form Salsolinol and Beta-Carboline. These substance produce something called Tetrahydroisoquinolines (THIQs) which are like Morphine, which then produces an even greater euphoric experience. Thus, addiction is intensified.
Oh my. Since medical science is unable to tell who has this kind of biochemistry, if your wish is to become a healthy centenarian, one may choose to be very conscious about how sugar/alcohol affects your mood.