The Mood-Emotional Eating Connection...and Other Symptoms
by, Sherry Lynne, CNC, BCBC, SMC-C
You may be the kind of patient many doctors can't seem to help. You may have heard them say, "Just follow a diet. I don't know why you're eating so much." or "I can't find anything wrong." And it's true. Your lab tests return negative.
You may be suffering from a neurotransmitter imbalance. The general population has low serotonin levels (one of the neurotransmitters), which show up as emotional eating, eating disorders, overwhelmed, overthinking, insomnia, depression, no drive and a general 'worn out' feeling.
Targeted Amino Acid Therapy (TAAT) is the fine tuning of the neurotransmitter engine. Your neurotransmitters run day and night like a machine which connects to all cells (if your car's engine is broken, then your car won't run properly). By taking amino acids (as well as other minerals and vitamins) that are specially targeted to get rid of your specific symptoms (cravings, mood swings, lack of energy, anxiety, stress, oversensitive feelings + more), you will be able to jump-start your mis-programmed brain chemistry and your symptoms will stop! The two dozen amino acids present in the human body are now being shown to be among the most potent healing substances ever discovered. These constituents of protein are necessary to everyday life processes, as well as a vast range of therapeutic functions for amino acids.
Neurotransmitters are made from amino acids (the building blocks of all proteins) which we get from the food we eat or from taking supplements.
Abuse, poor diet, your lifestyle, trauma history, stress, traumatic life events and prescription medications, anti- depressants, street drugs (cocaine, heroin, marijuana), vegetarianism, birth control pills, caffeine, alcoholism, anorexia nervosa, physical illnesses (gastrointestinal disorders, cancer, burns, post-surgery, chronic liver and kidney disease), exposure to chemicals, tobacco use, will accelerate neurotransmitter depletion leaving us without the ability to make the chemical messengers necessary for healthy brain function.
If you drop too low in neurotransmitters, you will experience many symptoms, which usually are debilitating and can remain constant and intense. The appropriate amino acids taken as supplements will safely raise the levels of all four emotion generating neurotransmitters in your brain known as: serotonin, catecholamines, GABA and endorphins.
Neurotransmitters affect everywhere in the body. They run day and night. Neurotransmitters move our moods, thoughts, emotions and impulses throughout the brain. The brain is the center of our moods, thoughts, feelings and emotions (fear, anxiety, happiness, love, excitement etc.). The brain also directs motor functions, the musculoskeletal system, stimulates respiration, oversees digestion, manages growth and development and manages the nervous system.
Neurotransmitters become inactive once they've delivered a message and then they need to be replenished. They are chemicals that act as synapse between 200,000 billion neurons in the brain. The brain transmits billions of messages between neurons every second.
Food alone is not enough. By conservative RDA standards, the average American diet is commonly deficient in most vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Rarely does food alone supply "adequate" amounts of these essential nutrients. Also, there are many life circumstances and stresses as well as medications that necessitate greater than usual amounts of nutrients, circumstances that interfere with absorption and metabolism, procedures for food growth and processing that deplete the nutrients in your food. For example, if you are a smoker, each cigarette causes your body to utilize 25 mg of vitamin C. If you smoke one and half packs daily, that would be 750 mg of vitamin C just to break even, without having any left over for the bodily functions related to needing vitamin C.
Additionally, many who have gone through Childhood Abuse and Narcissistic Relationships/Marriages have developed habits of eating while under stress, otherwise known as COMFORT EATING. Unhealed emotions still needing comfort from the past and/or present, might've been triggered during Covid making Emotional Eating a stronghold in our lives. The focus of this program is on healing the emotions and moods causing emotional eating symptoms that have taken root in your heart.
Contact Sherry for more information regarding our Emotional Eating program, which includes targeted amino acid therapy, Biblical counseling and deliverance from stress eating, restores natural appetite control, and healing ministry for overeaters.
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