Do You Have Eating Addiction?

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Who Doesn't Have Eating Addiction?, Healthy Living Magazine, Health

Who Doesn't Have Eating Addiction?, Healthy Living Magazine, Health

Binge eaters gorge in the late afternoon or just before going to sleep and will go through an entire supersized chocolate bar, family-sized macaroni and cheese dinner, chicken pot pie or carton of ice cream. People overeat because their blood sugar levels demand quick fixes of sugar and refined carbs.

Carbohydrates are broken down by our bodies into glucose or blood sugar, which causes the release of insulin. This hormone moves blood sugar out of the bloodstream and into cells for energy; the excess is stored as fat. It is these swings in blood sugar levels, from the consumption of carbohydrates (often eaten for quick energy), that cause people to feel tired after meals, typically noticed after lunch. Eating larger amounts of carbohydrates causes a flood of insulin, which clears them quickly out of the bloodstream (usually storing as fat) and causing hunger even though food was just eaten.

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Also, most people consume so many carbohydrates that they are “carbohydrate intolerant” or “insulin resistant.” With these individuals, the body has been so saturated with carbohydrates and the body’s insulin so overworked, that when more is produced, it almost entirely shuttles the blood sugar to stored fat. Although a common condition with many people, it is these types of blood sugar instabilities that cause binging, craving and obesity.

Control Sugar Levels

Health experts say controlling blood sugar and lowering carbohydrate intake is the most obvious solution.

“Eating food high in refined carbohydrates and sugar gives us that rush of ‘feel good’ brain chemicals but they are short-lived and leave us wanting to eat more,” explains eating disorder specialist Gregory Jantz, MD of the Seattle-based Center for Counseling and Health Resources, offering therapy programs for individuals, teens, families and celebrities who struggle with addiction, stress, abuse, depression, eating disorders, weight problems and unhealthy body image.

Enhance Insulin Sensitivity

Dr Jantz recommends a combination of minerals and herbs that has been shown to enhance the body’s sensitivity to insulin and maintain steady low—normal blood sugar levels, avoiding spiking.

“At the core of any program are chromium and vanadium, two ingredients that are designed to promote the body’s healthy use of insulin,” says Dr Jantz.

European doctors often use vanadium salts as a natural treatment for diabetes. Vanadium mimics the effects of insulin in the body, thereby lowering serum glucose.

The US population suffers from widespread chromium deficiency with estimates as high as 90%. When supplemental chromium is given to patients, the many actions of insulin are enhanced, including sensitivity keeping blood sugar level as well as fighting cholesterol and triglycerides.

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Chromium 454®, a proprietary chromium supplement that Dr Jantz specifically recommends, is created by the reaction of chromium with brewer’s yeast extract. A study shows Chromium 454® reduced blood-glucose levels by 33% in insulin-depleted diabetic animals compared to controls.

Dr Jantz also recommends several phytochemical-rich Old World plants including gymnema and banaba leaf and one New World species, American ginseng.

For over 2,000 years, Gymnema sylvestre has been studied and used for blood sugar. In the sixth century BC, the surgeon Sashruta studied the effects of Madhu-meha, as the herb was referred to then, and recorded positive results in the Indian journal Materia Medica. Research shows gymnema can improve uptake blood sugar into cells and prevent adrenaline from stimulating the liver to produce glucose.

Banaba leaf (Lagerstroemia speciosa), a medicinal plant that grows in India, Southeast Asia and the Philippines, has been used for elevated blood sugar. The hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) effect of banaba leaf extract is similar to that of insulin, which induces glucose transport from the blood into body cells. The herb balances blood sugar and insulin.

An interesting “side-effect” of tighter control of blood sugar and insulin levels is a significant tendency of banaba to promote weight loss (an average of two to four pounds per month) without dietary alterations.

In a small preliminary trial, American ginseng was found to lower the rise in blood sugar following the consumption of a drink high in glucose by people with type 2 diabetes.

By maintaining steady blood sugar levels, Dr Jantz says that people will be less prone to binge after a lunch or before bedtime.

“Food cravings are typically triggered not by hunger alone or any nutritional deficiency. By addressing the body’s cravings for food, these minerals and herbs give patients the physiological support required to avoid binging.”

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To help his own patients as well as others Dr Jantz has joined with Redd Remedies, one of the nation’s most respected nutritional supplement companies, to formulate Crave Stop, the formula with each of these ingredients at precise dosages that address binge eating and gorging by keeping blood sugar levels in normal range. To stop cravings tonight, try Crave Stop.

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