Food for the Brain.

Food for the Brain and Spirituality.

About The Biochemistry of Alcoholism, Addiction and Spirituality.

Neurotransmitters are electro-chemicals used by the brain to govern most aspects of our life, how we think, feel and behave. Dopamine, serotonin, GABA, endorphins glutamate, histamine and norepinephrine are the neurotransmitters that have the most influence on our spiritual health, and it happens, these are the same ones that are involved with alcoholism and other addictions.

They provide feelings like connection, happiness, satisfaction and self-esteem from serotonin and feelings of joy, self-confidence, ability to pay attention and experience pleasure, ambition and contentedness from dopamine. GABA is like a natural sedative that soothes and quiets the mind, and relieves anxiety, while endorphins help modify emotional and physical pain, increase self-esteem, joy, and the ability to relax and make us feel empowered.

Each one of the neurotransmitters is responsible for peace of mind and feelings of overall well-being, serenity and inner peace and is slightly euphoric. When one drinks alcohol or consumes a psychotropic substance, it stimulates an intense surge in at least one or more of these neurotransmitters, which produces an extraordinary and compelling euphoria, being drunk intoxicated or “being high.” By continuing artificial stimulation of these neurotransmitters it leads to a cut back in production, which results in them being depleted and then dependence on the alcohol or drug of choice to compensate for the depleted neurotransmitter, because it has the ability to mimic the effects of the neurotransmitter.

Norepinephrine helps us focus, pay attention and be motivated, but, it is actually toxic to the brain when it is in excess, which causes, fear, anxiety, irritability despair, misery and disconnection from self, others and the Universe and from Spirituality. Glutamate and histamine are also critical for proper brain function and mood, but in excess they lead to a wide array of neurological problems and emotional turmoil like anxiety, fear, paranoia, depression, aggression, dissociation, and more.

Neurotransmitters determine how spiritually healthy we are, because of there influence on our spiritual health, and because if they are depleted, or in excess, then you are  not capable of experiencing inner peace, serenity, contentedness, and whole within yourself, and connected to those around you and the Universe, and your Higher Power or what spiritual beliefs you have; or living by your principles and having meaning and purpose in your life. Without the correct neurotransmitter production and functioning properly, we feel disconnected, lifeless, empty and unmotivated.

When we are missing the good feelings that we get from neurotransmitters. We seek them from alcohol getting drunk and in getting high on other drugs, and sex, gambling, even nicotine, sugar, caffeine, as all psychotropic substances have the ability to mimic our natural neurotransmitters. Anyone with alcoholism or any other addiction knows, the main thing we are seeking is inner peace, wholeness, connection, we are trying to escape the emptiness or the deep hole that we feel we have inside ourselves. This cannot be accomplished as when neurotransmitters are not being produced in the correct amount or functioning properly, “As it’s actually the lack of neurotransmitters that creates the feelings of emptiness and darkness, and that hole we feel inside ourselves.”

Contributing to our disconnection from the Creator; the Universe; our “Higher Power” or whatever our own personal “Spiritual Beliefs” might be.

It’s pleasurable for us to participate in spiritual activities like attending spiritual functions, AA meetings and other fellowships, meditation, prayer, lovemaking, spending time in nature, exercising, singing, dancing, spending time with loved ones. Because each of these provides a boost in neurotransmitter activity; serotonin, dopamine, endorphins or GABA are stimulated and then we feel good and blissfully connected. You could say we are at one with our “Higher Power,” or “Spiritually Connected” with the help of our brain chemistry. This is why not only a healthy diet but foods specifically for the brain to provide a healthy balance of neurotransmitters giving us a healthy body, mind and spiritual health.

Neurotransmitters on Tap.

Brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, are the frontline regulators of our moods. Some neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), help calm us. Others, such as dopamine, stimulate us. Having the right balance of various neurotransmitters available helps ensure that our responses and moods are appropriate to the given situation. And there’s an important connection between the food you eat and the neurotransmitters your brain produces.

Protein (think fish, chicken and other kinds of meat, as well as eggs, nuts and legumes), for example, provides chemical units known as amino acids, which form the foundation of our neurotransmitters. From there, via a series of enzymatic reactions, vitamins and minerals help convert amino acids to the full-fledged neurotransmitters our brains use to regulate mood.

Take a look at just a few representative snapshots of the relationship between neurotransmitters, nutrients and mood:

•Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that keeps your mood up-beat. It’s made from tryptophan, an essential amino acid abundant in fish, eggs, chicken, turkey and other meats. Iron, zinc, and vitamins B3, B6 and C help facilitate the enzymatic reactions that convert tryptophan to serotonin.

•GABA helps the brain filter out extraneous information, enabling you to stay focused and calm. The amino acid glutamine is the principal building block of GABA and is found in halibut, legumes, brown rice and spinach. Vitamins B3, B6 and B12 work in a number of enzyme reactions to help convert glutamine to GABA.

•Dopamine, the most powerful of your stimulating neurotransmitters, is responsible for many of the “highs” you feel. The brain converts the amino acid tyrosine – found in protein – to dopamine with the help of folic acid (folate), vitamin B6, magnesium and zinc. You’ll find extra tyrosine in almonds, avocados, dairy products, and pumpkin and sesame seeds. A related compound, tyramine, is rich in aged cheeses, such as aged cheddar and Stilton.

•Norepinephrine (also known as noradrenaline) is another stimulating neurotransmitter. The brain makes it from dopamine, with the help of the mineral copper and vitamins B6 and C. Like dopamine, norepinephrine is ultimately derived from the amino acid tyrosine.

Happy Fats

Although the healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in cold-water fish are not technically neurotransmitters, they, too, are essential for normal brain function and mood regulation. Recent research on omega-3 fats reflects growing interest in their mood-enhancing benefits.

The brain, about 70 percent of which is composed of fat, needs omega-3s for normal brain development in infants, for maintaining balanced moods throughout life and, especially, for moderating aggressive behaviour.

Researchers believe that omega-3s and other healthy fatty acids help improve neurotransmitter activity by assisting brain cells in communicating with each other, enhancing brain-cell plasticity (adaptability) and reducing inflammation that can damage brain cells. Specifically, three studies published in the June 2006 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry found that omega-3 fish oils can ease depression and mood disorders and lower suicide risk.

Brain Food

Wondering about the proper care and feeding of your emotions? Not surprisingly, the same general dietary habits recommended for good general health, and heart health in particular, also lay the biochemical foundation for better mood management and emotional resilience.

First, as a general rule, opt for whole foods that are rich in protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals – all the ingredients you need for making neurotransmitters. Focusing on such foods will help limit your intake of calorie-dense sugary and starchy processed foods that offer little or no nutritional value. If you exercise and need extra carbs for energy, eat more fruit and carb-dense vegetables.

Second, eat a protein-rich breakfast, such as eggs with whole-grain toast or fresh fruit. Skipping breakfast or eating a bagel on the run wreaks havoc on your blood sugar and leaves you more sensitive to stress. The protein in eggs quickly stabilizes your blood sugar and provides amino acids for your neurotransmitters.

Third, eat regular meals and make sure each includes some high-quality protein. Doing so keeps your blood sugar stable and also gives you the building blocks you need for making neurotransmitters.

Fourth, when you cook foods, cook them lightly, either by sautéing or stir-frying. Overcooking alters the protein structure, leaving it resistant to normal digestion and assimilation for neurotransmitter production.

Fifth, do your best to avoid fast foods, such as burgers, fries and fried chicken, as well as packaged microwave meals. All of these foods tend to be high in sugars; sugar-like refined carbs are unhealthy trans fats. (Trans fats interfere with how your body uses omega-3s.) Avoid soft drinks: The sugary ones can affect your blood sugar, and there’s some evidence (albeit controversial) that those sweetened with aspartame can negatively affect neurotransmitters. Similarly, go easy on coffee and, especially, sweetened coffee drinks (some contain a whopping 730 calories – almost half of a woman’s daily needs). Taking in excess calories in liquid form tends to discourage people from eating regular, nutritious meals.

Supplemental Insurance

Although a diet rich in whole, fresh foods should always form the basis of your nutritional foundation, selective supplementation with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and healthy fats can be very helpful to those who are suffering from dietary shortfalls.

Taking supplements doesn’t have to be complicated. A good place to start is with a high-potency multivitamin or B-complex vitamin. Either way, make sure it contains about 10 times (or 1,000 percent) of the recommended daily value for vitamins B1, B3, B6, B9 and B12, since they play important roles in the synthesis of mood-regulating neurotransmitters. Supplementing with Vitamin C and omega-3 fish oils, about 1 to 3 grams daily, is also widely recommended for most people.

Borrowed from: Experience Life.

List of Foods for Neurotransmitters.

If possible eat at least one thing from each list daily or every other day if you possibly can, take this list with you when you go shopping.

1. Avocados, Bananas, Beans, Chicken, Eggs, Fish, (Mackerel,) Turkey, Brown rice, Peanuts, Cottage cheese, and Sesame seeds.

2. Almonds, Fish, Apples, Avocado, Beets, Green tea, Green leafy vegetables, Sea vegetables, Pumpkin seeds, Watermelon, Turmeric and Fava beans.

3. Fruits and vegetables, teas such as green tea.

4. Almonds, Apples, Avocado, Beets, Green tea, Green leafy vegetables, Sea vegetables, Pumpkin seeds, Turmeric and Fava beans.

5. Grass fed dairy products and Dark leafy green organic vegetables.

6. Dark Chocolate, aged or fermented cheese (including cheddar, blue, Brie, and all hard and “mouldy” cheeses), soy foods, nuts, citrus fruits, and vinegar (both red and balsamic)

7. Bell peppers, Dark leafy greens, Citrus fruits, Blueberries, Broccoli and Papayas.

8. Fish, (Mackerel, Halibut), Legumes, Brown rice and Spinach.

Also do some more research yourself and you will be sure to find some of your favourite healthy foods.

Consider supplements if you are not able to get the necessary foods in to your diet, or if you are run down and convalescing from a recent illness or a period or years of drinking or using.

And check Vitamin and Mineral to supplement your diet.

Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, Neurotransmitters.

SEROTONIN

Food: Food high in the amino acid tryptophan, which is the pre-cursor to serotonin are helpful. These include: Avocados, Bananas, Beans, Chicken, Eggs, Fish and Turkey.

Eat quality food including lots of healthy fats which are essential for hormone and neurotransmitter production and when trying to balance serotonin avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol.

Helpful Nutrients: B Vitamins, Calcium and Magnesium levels can all impact serotonin levels, Get some sun – sunlight naturally stimulates serotonin production.

DOPAMINE

Food: Add foods high in the amino acid tyrosine (dopamine is made from tyrosine) into your diet such:

Almonds, Fish, Apples, Avocado, Beets, Green tea, Green leafy vegetables, Sea vegetables, Pumpkin seeds, Watermelon, Turmeric and Fava beans,

Improve the health of your gut microbiome with probiotic and fermented foods the health of your gut microbiome is directly linked to your production and balance of neurotransmitters.

GABA

GABA: Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid (GABA) is an amino acid which acts as a neurotransmitter that calms the body and mind, reducing nervous activity. (Natures valium)

GABA is responsible for: Relaxation, Calmness, Being the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter.

GABA too high: Excessive energy, Anxiousness, Sleep difficulties, Headaches

GABA too low: Uncontrolled excessive energy, Uncontrolled anxiety, Uncontrolled sleep difficulties, Poor impulse control.

You can purchase GABA as a supplement to help calm and relax you and assist with sleep.

However GABA is a crucial piece of the puzzle in your mood, cognition, and how your body responds to stress. GABA supplements will increase the levels of it in the blood; circulating Gamma-aminobutyric acid does not pass the blood-brain barrier. In other words, having increased levels of the chemical in the blood stream does next to nothing to address the cause of the problem: not having enough of it in the brain. Other than prescription GABA.

Most of the supplements that are effective in reducing anxiety do so by mimicking the effect of GABA once it’s taken up by the brain, or by providing the necessary raw material to allow your body to synthesize the neurotransmitters it needs to regulate the swing between mania and sedation.

THE BEST WAY: is by providing the necessary raw material through diet and also with Vitamin and Mineral Therapy to allow your body to synthesize the neurotransmitters it needs by itself.  Vitamin and Mineral Therapy is appropriate for many of us who struggle to maintain the correct diet, for example eating processed food, ready meals and fast foods to often, or just find it difficult to shop for the correct healthy foods our body needs, and also the fact that our minds and bodies are recovering from years of alcoholism, addiction abuse.

Low levels of GABA have been linked to chronic pain, anxiety, mood disorders and elevated glutamate levels.

Lifestyle

As with balancing out many of the neurotransmitters, getting enough Sleep and Meditation are very beneficial, in studies conducted so far, it has been found that the practice of meditation triggers neurotransmitters that modulate psychological disorders such as anxiety.

Food

A ketogenic diet has been found to favour GABA. A ketogenic diet increases the GAD enzyme and neurons can use ketones produced from ketosis as a precursor to GABA. Also, glutamate can be turned into GABA or aspartate. Aspartate is also an excitotoxin in excess, with similar effects as elevated glutamate. A ketogenic diet encourages glutamate to become GABA, rather than aspartate. Therefore, a low-carb diet would be the ideal diet for maintaining balance between gamma-aminobutyric acid and glutamate. And also some fish like mackerel have high levels of naturally occurring GABA.

Although you cannot get GABA directly from the food that you eat some foods do help to impact how GABA works in the brain and may be beneficial to add to your diet. These are fruits and vegetables, teas such as green tea.

Nutrients:  Taurine, Glycine, Vitamins B3, B6, B9 and B12 work in a number of enzyme reactions to help convert glutamine to GABA.

(B5 Pantothenic acid, and B2 Riboflavin are also very important, they are not added here, because deficiencies of them are rare.) B1 Thiamine, will possibly be needed especially in the early days of recovery as deficiencies are common in alcoholics.

You can’t really talk about how to increase GABA without talking about glutamate, because they have a complex and interconnected relationship. Both are very important neurotransmitters that have a profound impact on many different aspects of our physical, mental and spiritual health with the former being inhibitory and the latter being excitatory. Excitatory neurotransmitters stimulate brain cells, while inhibitory ones reduce stimulation. Like all neurotransmitters, too much or too little of either one leads to problems. When all is working as it should, they keep each other in balance. However, there are many factors that can easily disrupt this delicate balance and result in too much glutamate and not enough GABA, which can wreck havoc on your mental and physical health.

Glutamate is one of your primary excitatory neurotransmitters. It has many important roles like stimulating your brain cells so you can talk, think, process information,

GABA, is your primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. Its primary role is to calm the brain, slow things down and relax you. One of the ways that it assists in this process is by increasing alpha wave production. It is also vital in speech and language. GABA puts the pause or space between words when you speak. Without adequate GABA production, our conversations would consist of lots of run on sentences, slurred speech or loss of speech.

GABA and Glutamate Balance

When GABA is low, glutamate is high and vice versa. So in order to increase GABA, it’s not simply a matter of bringing it up; you must also focus on reducing the excess glutamate. The goal is to achieve balance between the two. You might think of glutamate as the accelerator and GABA as the brakes. Both are equally important. Its worth doing more research by yourself on the GABA and Glutamate relationship, this is enough information to get you started.

Also Serotonin, another vital inhibitory neurotransmitter is also needed in order for GABA to work properly. If one is deficient in serotonin, then even if you have sufficient levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid, it may not be able to perform its inhibiting effects adequately.

GLUTAMATE

Food: Reduce sugar, caffeine and any artificial sweeteners or flavourings as these can deplete GABA levels. Vitamin D and Vitamin K are fat-soluble vitamins and are important for re-establishing the calcium balance. The best sources of these vitamins are found in grass fed dairy products and dark leafy green organic vegetables.

NOREPINEPHRINE

Food: Foods high in tyrosine such as: almonds, apples, avocado, beets, green tea, green leafy vegetables, sea vegetables, pumpkin seeds, turmeric and fava beans can also help to regulate norepinephrine levels.

EPINEPHRINE

Food: Avoiding caffeine, sugar and alcohol can be helpful to help balance your epinephrine as these all increase your epinephrine levels

Inhibitory Neurotransmitters

PEA (Phenylethylamine)

PEA helps to potentiate the activity of dopamine and can act as a potent antidepressant in both sexes. During orgasm, you have a significant increase in PEA within your brain.

PEA is responsible for: Focus and Concentration.

If PEA is too high: Mind racing, Sleep difficulties, Anxiousness.

If PEA is too low: Decreased focus and attention, Difficulty thinking clearly, Low mood, Fatigue.

So you are going to love one of the natural ways you can boost PEA. Yep it’s Chocolate! Chocolate contains PEA on small quantities and triggers the release of pleasurable opium-like endorphins. Also aged or fermented cheese (including cheddar, blue, Brie, and all hard and “mouldy” cheeses), soy foods, nuts, citrus fruits, and vinegar (both red and balsamic)

(For migraine sufferers, chocolate, along with many other common foods, that contain an amine called phenylethylamine, which can cause your blood vessels to constrict, then dilate, triggering a headache. If you do experience migraines, experiment with which foods are suitable for you, not triggering a migraine.)

HISTAMINE

Histamine is responsible for: Controlling sleep-wake cycle, Energy, Motivation.

Food

Try adding some more vitamin C rich foods to your diet as your bodies vitamin C levels help to regulate your level of histamine release. Foods such as bell peppers, dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, blueberries, broccoli and papayas.

And Try Lifestyle Strategies:

Sleep is really important. Meditation just has so many benefits to your health including balancing your neurotransmitter levels. Many successful people put meditation up there as one of their most important tools. Exercise can have an awesome effect on not only your neurotransmitters but your productivity levels and mood so try an incorporate some movement or exercise into your day to improve neurotransmitter balance. Get outside. Getting some sun can help boost your mood and serotonin levels and the fresh air and movement can help to relax you and clear your mind.

Foods: Add healthy fats and vegetables to your diet every day. Reduce sugar, caffeine and artificial flavours and colours and sweeteners as these all negatively affect your neurotransmitter balance.

Nutrients

A good supplements to use to help balance your neurotransmitter levels is: Kalms : Use Kalms at the end of each day, unless you are using Valerian or Ashwagandha, to help you get a higher quality of sleep and help support your nuerotransmitters, hormones, thyroid and more. It helps to promote balance between glutamate and GABA and so can be really great to help with stress management, weight management and more!

Jung’s Philosophy of Addiction Condensed.

The wholeness that comes with intoxication is an “illusory  wholeness” with a “numinous power (having a strong religious or spiritual quality)” which dissolves when one sobers up. So the search to repeat the experience begins, and it is not one that is readily given up. Recovery from alcoholism, he believed, involves a spiritual thirst for a sense of wholeness. He understood intuitively that only a radical conversion to something equally satisfying to the individual at a deep level can promote recovery. The value of his thinking has been proved by the world-wide success of A.A. in helping millions of alcoholics, and from that other groups, such as Al Anon and N.A. and so on….. helping many more in Recovery.

What about Neurotransmitters!

You could say that the “illusory wholeness” with a “numinous power (having a strong religious or spiritual quality)” which dissolves when one sobers up, is related to the way our neurotransmitters are affected by alcohol or drugs.

Each one of the neurotransmitters is responsible for peace of mind and feelings of overall well-being, serenity and inner peace and is slightly euphoric. When one drinks alcohol or consumes a psychotropic substance, it stimulates an intense surge in at least one or more of these neurotransmitters, which produces an extraordinary and compelling euphoria, being drunk intoxicated or “being high.” By continuing artificial stimulation of these neurotransmitters it leads to a cut back in production, which results in them being depleted and then dependence on the alcohol or drug of choice to compensate for the depleted neurotransmitter, because it has the ability to mimic the effects of the neurotransmitter.

And of course alcoholism has multiple known or theorized causes from the medicine world of today, with genetic, physiological, psychological, and social factors which all can play a role. For some alcoholics, psychological traits such as impulsiveness, low self-esteem and a need for approval lead to alcoholism. Or drinking to cope with emotional problems for example anger and resentment, envy and jealousy and so on. Social and environmental factors play key roles also. Poverty and physical or sexual abuse also increase the risks of becoming an alcoholic or addict. And also spiritual causes, but once a person is in recovery and has developed an active sixth sense there voice of intuition through prayer and meditation, they can eventually perceive the possible spiritual root cause of there illness. Which ever the reason we became alcoholics or addicts our neurotransmitters would have been affected in the progression of our addictions, whether we were born alcoholic being genetic or if it has developed because of social and environmental factors or a spiritual reason. Looking at the solution should be our main objective. The 12 Step Spiritual Program and taking care of our dietary needs.

Jung and the Labyrinth of Addiction.

Jung wrote little about addiction.  He claimed that he was afraid of being misunderstood by the scientific community of his day. However, he has had a profound influence on one source of help available to people with problems of addiction. This is his link, indirect though it was, with the founding and philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous.

It is fortunate that Bill Wilson, one of the founding members of Alcoholics Anonymous, wrote a letter of appreciation to Jung only a few months before Jung’s death in 1961. In his letter and in Jung’s reply we are presented with a glimpse of Jung’s perspective on addiction. Jung’s psychology, in terms of both his concept of self and ego and of archetypal influences, gave him a unique understanding of its problems and of the immense challenge involved in recovery.

The founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.

In the early 1930s a patient of Jung’s, Roland H., stopped drinking during his analysis but relapsed soon afterwards. He returned to Jung, asking to resume the analysis to help him to become abstinent once again. Jung refused, telling him bluntly that nothing less than exposing himself to the experience of a genuine conversion could be effective – and that even that might fail. Jung’s patient was utterly shocked – an example of the rock bottom experience of many an addict. Unbeknown to Jung, Roland H. returned to the U.S.A where he joined the Oxford group which had helped many alcoholics to become sober. Within this group he did undergo a religious conversion and he became sober. It was in part his influence that led to the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. As Bill Wilson wrote to Jung, “This astonishing chain of events actually started long ago in your consulting room, and it was directly founded upon your own humility and deep perception.”

Jung’s Archetype, The Wounded Healer is a term created by psychologist Carl Jung. The idea states that an analyst is compelled to treat patients because the analyst himself is “wounded”.

Jung and the Labyrinth of Addiction.

Post-Jungian writer David Schoen’s theme is that addiction itself is a malevolent, murderous force, not persuadable to reason. If unchecked, it can devour every aspect of the person’s life and end in tragedy. The force of addiction,  “archetypal shadow” or “archetypal evil.” Because of its uniquely destructive, irrational power, “only a force of equal potency can negate it”. ( The 12 Step Spiritual Program.) The experience of ego surrender is what happens in what is called Rock Bottom:  no longer is willpower strong enough to counter the addiction. Addiction is a tsunami to the psyche which dominates the person’s life.  Even close brushes with death may fail to halt the sway of the addiction over the individual. Jung understood this, but was afraid of being misunderstood in the matter of talking about evil. And then the birth of A.A. which developed a spiritual path the Twelve Steps.

Post-Jungian writer Sam Naifeh delineates the process of recovery as taking place at an archetypal level. He sees loss of containment as the hallmark of addiction, and believes that the self-help group process keeps the addiction contained so that a healing or recovery can take place. Underlying the Twelve Steps is the archetype of initiation in the form of containment, confrontation of the shadow, and finally the relinquishing of ego control, that is, of heroic qualities, in favour of the Self as the organising force within the psyche.  He quotes William James’ Varieties of Religious Experience, “most conversion experiences, of whatever variety, do have a common factor – ego collapse at depth.”

The Twelve Steps lead the individual to recognise and take responsibility for his or her personal shadow, and to make reparation for harm done. In active addiction mostly only the addict part of the personality has a chance to function, while other aspects lie dormant. The first days after stopping drinking are vital because of the need to prevent a relapse, and because precisely at this stage there is the possibility of laying the foundations for a more ordered life in which it is possible to retrieve aspects of the self lost during the addiction. This in turn may gradually lead to fresh growth and development. It may also represent symbolically a return of aspects of the person the “addict” had once been. The archetype of the wounded healer is embodied in people who have left their addictions behind and who, though damaged by their former addiction, work tirelessly to help others. (Practicing Step 12) A wounded healer – the route towards meriting that description is one of apprenticeship, learning and personal growth, and helping others, and with alcoholics, or addicts in recovery, this is through the 12 Steps and the Fellowship of Meetings.

Jung not only wrote about it as an archetype, but experienced its truth for himself, at the time of his own breakdown, in which he came to terms with unconscious aspects of his own personality, and was also the time when he blossomed as an original thinker.

MEDICINE LOOKS AT ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, AA Comes Of Age.

In medicine, we have learned a great deal about the physical treatment of the alcoholic. We have learned about nutrition and the importance of a fully rounded diet, and vitamins and minerals. We do not regard these as cures for alcoholism, for we don’t believe any more that lack of vitamins is the cause of alcoholism; that’s altogether too simple. But we do know that these things are necessary in the physical treatment and rehabilitation of the alcoholic. We know also that various kinds of drying out and other forms of therapy have failed. They are not enough by themselves. We need something more. (Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pgs. 241-242)

We need both a well rounded diet, vitamins and minerals and The 12 Step Spiritual Program and Fellowship for a sustainable recovery.

Alcoholism and Addiction being Mental, Physical and Spiritual.

Mind, Body and Soul.

Improving our Diet is about, not just being Sober and Clean and working the 12 Steps and being connected to our Higher Power, or any other chosen program of recovery, but also being as well as we possibly can be Mentally, Physically and Spiritually.

And live and enjoy our lives to the fullest!

Regarding this Page: Food for the Brain and Spirituality.

I put this page together gathering the information on dietary needs for a sustainable recovery, primarily to put to use myself, and with the added benefit of sharing it with others in recovery, hoping others will find at least some of this information useful to them, I was quite diligent with my research, but I would suggest further researching by yourself regarding which information is applicable to your own individual needs.

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