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Alcohol and Sugar Connection

By July 9, 2013December 3rd, 2020Moods and Hormones, Nutrition Education

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Alcohol and Sugar Connection

I find if very interesting that 25% of the alcoholic patients in a particular treatment center in MN have gone through weight loss surgery.

Alcohol and sugar addiction go hand in hand. I have a heavy heart for those with food addictions because, unlike alcohol, food is unavoidable. We need it for survival. Many people claim that you can’t be addicted to sugar, but research has proven that when people binge on carbs (i.e. sugar molecules hooked together in a long chain) and then restrict, the body creates an endogenous opioid. It is released in the body much like the chemicals released when people are doing other drugs. PET and CAT scans of food addicts look just about  identical to that of drug addicts and alcoholics. What I find really interesting is that “carb-addicts” carry the same D2 dopamine receptor (a gene that identifies addiction); which proves that biochemically, food addiction is just like addiction to other narcotics. A lot of my clients who are in Overeaters Anonymous tell me that they started consuming carbs and sugar just as if it were alcohol. Click HERE for reference. 

The problem is that we see alcoholics as having a problem, but desiring carbs and sugar is seen as “normal” and is just a part of the typical American diet. This reminds me of one of my clients who lived in England for 10 years. Her boss came to her and had an intervention with her, claiming that she had a food addiction and the company paid for her to go to treatment. She told me how in England, they saw her problem and how it effected her work, but now that she is in the U.S., she is seen as normal.

I want you to know that there are ways to help your brain chemistry! You do NOT have to suffer from a food addiction or alcohol addiction. Alcohol turns into sugar so alcoholics are naturally drawn to sugar once they quite alcohol. Sugar (and alcohol) blocks serotonin receptors. Leading to more cravings for carbs and alcohol. Do you know where serotonin comes from? Not the brain…it is the intestinal tract. So how can we fix these terrible life-consuming cravings for sugar/alcohol?

I first recommend something called Bifido bacteria. This is a probiotic that you can find in food sources such as kimchi and other naturally fermented veggies. But since we don’t eat enough of these foods, I suggest a supplement to increase serotonin. Click HERE to find the one I take daily (my kids also take THIS one). 70% of our immune system is in our gut. This is the best thing for anyone who is depressed or dealing with cravings should take.

Alcohol and Sugar Connection

Another helpful nutrient needed to cut those alcohol and sugar cravings is l-glutamine. L-glutamine is an amino acid found in protein. Human studies that date back to 1957 prove that this amino acid can reduce cravings and the anxiety that accompanies alcohol withdrawal. Click HERE to find a quality l-glutamine supplement. Other things like Milk Thistle help to cleanse the liver (which governs our moods and how we lose weight… low moods = more cravings).

If you need more help with your food or alcohol addiction, I would be honored to help with a consult. You don’t deserve to suffer through this alone! Click HERE to get started.

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Amy says:

    I just recently finished chemo for lymphoma (non-hodgkins) and realize just how important a ketogenic diet is as well as this supplement – not just for keeping cancer from coming back but also to heal my body and lose excess body fat! That said, how much and how often should I take L-glutamine for repair from chemo and cancer as well as ongoing fat/weight loss? I just purchased the NOW brand powder and read on the bottle that you should take in between meals preferably however, I only eat two meals a day especially if I had a really satisfyingly large fat-packed breakfast so I’ve only been able to take this in between breakfast and dinner and only once so far because I happened to be home that day. Perhaps first thing in the AM before breakfast? I naturally fast in the morning and do my exercise for the day at that time and then have breakfast 1-2 hours after waking. Right now we’re doing a lot of summer outings in the afternoons and coming home around 7 or 8 which is when I have a large ‘snack’ instead of dinner (and a snack while out and about). *PS: I like the ‘gel pack’ idea – it combines L-glutamine and L-carnitine! Maybe I should ‘eat’ one of those gel packs first thing along with my water before exercise in the morning??

    • cemmerich says:

      I would do 3 grams 3 times a day. I would take 30 minutes or so before meals. Yes, the gel pack would be a great option. Hope you have a speedy recovery! 🙂

  • Carlene says:

    Is this safe to take with Metformin/Spironolactone? I think it sounds like a great idea to include into your diet…

  • Lina says:

    Would L-Glutamine be safe during pregnancy?

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