Addictions. Many have them and they come in all shapes and sizes. Food, alcohol, drugs, nicotine, gambling, shopping, sex, the internet… you name it… someone has a problem with something. But regardless of what form they come in they all have one thing in common: They all make one “feel” good, at least temporarily.
With the New Year comes New Year Resolutions. Some would say if you fail at your resolutions you just didn’t want it bad it enough, the reward wasn’t great enough, you lack will power, good character, etc. Those reasons may or may not be true for some, but for others there is a much more sinister thing at work.
This is something interesting I learned recently while studying holistic psychiatry and neuroscience.
Our brains have 3 major parts. The instinctive, the emotional and the intellectual. We have to keep all three in balance to achieve optimal health and wellness in our life.
The instinctive part is the part that focuses a lot on SURVIVAL. It is the part of us that must, no matter what, achieve a place of “feel good” and it will fight to get it and maintain it.
In order to feel good our bodies must have/create certain neurotransmitters and hormones. The 4 major neurotransmitters/hormones that are responsible for us “feeling” good are serotonin, dopamine, oxytoxin and endorphins. There are several ways to create these neurotransmitters. They have precursors found in proteins which convert to amino acids in various foods, other substances or in high potency supplements. Exercise as well helps create some of them. And even our own positive, warm loving thoughts can influence them.
If for one reason or another, a person is way too low in these neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and dopamine, (which is nearly ALWAYS the case with someone who has a substance addiction) the body WILL DEMAND it make, find and acquire some. This is where the instinctive (survival mode) brain kicks in. It can and will by pass our intellectual and emotional brains. And unfortunately for some, it WILL do whatever it takes to survive. Especially during times of stress.
So here is where the bad habits/addictions come in. These neurotransmitter pathways are stimulated by things like alcohol, nicotine, legal and illegal drugs, food, illicit sex, thrill seeking, gambling, etc. Again, the instinctive brain doesn’t care how it gets what it needs, that is why it is so hard for many people to understand the cycle of addiction. Will power, positive thinking, 12 step programs, counseling, and dare I say, even focusing on our Core Desires, etc will only go so far, and then bammmm an addiction has set in or has come back in some cases. Why? Because the underlying need has not been met on an on going basis. The underlying need is an abundance of “feel good” neurotransmitters found only in amino acids the body has been able to consume.
What I have also learned is that eating right is not enough because in general our food supply in America just doesn’t stack up. In fact, many of the foods people eat or drink actually rob the body of various nutrients needed to make neurotransmitters. But the biggest robber of these is STRESS. This need must be filled with superior supplement like Q96 Empowerplus on a regular on going basis as a foundation.
Once that BIOLOGICAL need is met, the emotional and intellectual brain is ready and able to be more focused, rationale and committed to a lifestyle change. Because the instinctive brain is no longer screaming “I WILL SURVIVE!” the mind and body are now working together instead of at odds with one another and are free to reach the unlimited depths of it’s true potential.
If you struggle with addictions or addictive behavior, please consider the root cause: Neurotransmitter deficiency. This can be fixed and it’s not that difficult and a VERY painfree process. For most it can be just a matter of taking the most effective bioavailable nutrients possible. That’s why I recommend Q96 Empowerplus from QSciences. They REALLY live up to the challenge!
Livin’ Life eXponentially!