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L-Glutamine and Alcohol in early recovery

Recovering alcoholics do well when taking supplements in early sobriety, particularly L-Glutamine. L-Glutamine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body. The amino acid is also found in foods that are rich in protein like chicken, beef, fish and vegetables like spinach and cabbage, along with nuts like almonds and pistachios. However, there are instances where the body doesn’t produce enough L-Glutamine. People with stressful jobs as well as individuals who are recovering from a serious illness like cancer, can have this happen.

People who are struggling with alcohol addiction don’t produce adequate amounts of L-Glutamine either. Heavy consumption of alcohol inhibits the way the body synthesizes L-Glutamine and stops the absorption of the amino acid. This is why supplementation of L-Glutamine may be beneficial in helping alcoholics to overcome alcohol addiction. L-Glutamine helps to boost the mood, which has a significant hand in breaking the cycle of addiction.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about one-third of people who have suffered from depression have also been addicted to alcohol. A number of people who go through a traumatic event in life often turn to drinking as a way to cope with the pain. Many people are not aware that alcohol is a depressant and if you are already depressed, you will slide further into that black hole of depression if you keep drinking alcohol to soothe your shattered spirits.

L-Glutamine can alleviate the symptoms of depression and regulate the way that a person thinks. This will reduce the chances that a person responds to stress or traumatic situations, which will reduce the individual’s tendency to turn to alcohol. In addition to L-Glutamine’s ability to reduce the craving for alcohol, the amino acid can provide a number of health improvements that everyone can benefit from, especially those who are recovering from alcoholism.

L-Glutamine can also aid in weight loss efforts, since the amino acid lessens the craving for carbohydrates. Taking the supplement with a meal can also provide a feeling of fullness to prevent overeating. L-Glutamine also builds up the muscles and increases strength and endurance. The amino acid can also boost the immune system, and people who have been suffering from alcoholism definitely have a compromised immune system, especially if they have been abusing alcohol for quite some time.

In addition to taking L-Glutamine as part of an alcohol recovery program, those who suffer from alcoholism can also take advantage of several other treatments to increase the chances of sobriety. Therapy to determine the reasons for the addict’s depression and insulting behaviour is beneficial, and taking L-Glutamine in between counselling sessions can make the addict more receptive to the suggestions and revelations discussed in therapy.

Relaxation exercises like meditation and acupuncture can also help a person to overcome addiction. Taking L-Glutamine, which reduces depression symptoms, will make meditation and acupuncture sessions much more fulfilling. The patient will have the ability to think clearly during meditation, and to explore the deep-seated reasons for addiction, in order to completely overcome alcohol dependence.

Those who are recovering from alcohol addiction on their own are encouraged to take small amounts of L-Glutamine to get their bodies accustomed to the amino acid before increasing the dosage. Addicts who are working with addiction counsellors should take L-Glutamine at the discretion of a therapist to ensure that the results are positive. The amino acid can be taken regularly as part of a healthy regimen.

This amino acid is also required for phase two detoxification in the liver and is required in increased amounts by those who consume excessive alcohol. It is able to reduce the craving for alcohol.

L-Glutamine supplementation is also helpful for intestinal disorders such as peptic ulcers and leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut is the term used to describe an inflamed condition of the lining of the bowel, which makes the bowel too permeable, so that toxins and incompletely digested food particles can be absorbed from the bowels directly into the liver. This increases the workload of the liver and may cause many health problems. L-Glutamine is essential for the white cells to fight viruses such as hepatitis B and C. Glutamine is converted in the body into glutamic acid, which, along with the amino acids cysteine and glycine, is converted into the powerful liver protector glutathione. Glutathione is essential for liver phase two conjugation reactions used during detoxification of drugs and toxic chemicals.

LivaTone is a natural liver tonic containing the liver herbs St Mary’s Thistle, Globe Artichoke and Dandelion, combined with the amino acid Taurine, and Lecithin. It also contains natural sources of Chlorophyll, Carotenoids and fibre. It is available in both capsule and powder form. The liver is the main fat burning organ in the body and regulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism. A healthy liver will take fat in the form of cholesterol and pump it via the bile into the intestines where it will be carried away in the bowel actions provided the diet is high in fibre.

Tyrosine Mood Food – Tyrosine is a natural amino acid – one of the building blocks of protein.  It is required for the manufacture of the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) dopamine and noradrenaline.  These neurotransmitters are required for concentration, alertness, memory and a happy, stable mood.

Magnesium – the great relaxer. Magnesium plays an essential role in maintaining and promoting efficient muscle function and nerve transmission. Magnesium is a vital mineral for hundreds of cellular enzymes involved in the body’s energy production and metabolism. It is required by the nervous system to regulate the function of nerves and muscles. Magnesium may also assist in the reduction of stress, nervous tension, anxiety and sleeplessness.

If you would like a FREE copy of my new eBook, Recovery from Alcoholism, send me an email to counsellor@scoastnet.com.au

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

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  1. The info you gave in this article coordinates with other articles I’ve read.

  2. Good article

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