Amino acids are a very important part of stopping drinking alcohol. Most alcoholics suffer from a severe deficiency in this area. The good news is that with the right nutritional protocol you can get back on track in a very short period of time.
Let me go over a few of the key amino acids that are used in the natural cure protocols for alcoholism. All amino acids are important for the proper functioning of our brain, specifically the neurotransmitter system. Amino acids are the building blocks of many of these essential brain elements that affect our thinking, our attitude, our feelings and much more.
For most people, the most essential amino acid (particularly in the beginning stages of recovery) is L-glutamine. L-glutamine has many uses in the body and brain chemistry. The first thing that is important to know is that this amino acid is critical when trying to overcome cravings for sugar and alcohol. Just a small amount ingested or put under the tongue and dissolved, provides quick relief for the habitual cravings that follow after you stop alcohol.
That is why in the first few days and weeks of the nutritional protocol, you’ll want to keep a good supply of L-glutamine in reach. It can prove invaluable and relaxing to have it on hand and prevent the potential slip back to drinking. Any resources you can use to prevent taking a drink are highly encouraged. This is especially true when that resource is L-glutamine, an amino acid that is going to give you many other benefits.
Another very important amino acid is called L-tryptophan. This amino acid is a precursor for the brain’s production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin plays a huge role in many different things. Some of the most important are lifting depression, calming, and helping with restful sleep. When the brain is lacking in serotonin, the solution is not to take drugs but to simply give the brain what it needs to make its own serotonin. This is where L-tryptophan comes in.
Another amino acid for which a high dosage is recommended, but not necessarily required, is DL-phenylalanine. This amino acid serves many purposes; one of the main things it does is help with pain. Oftentimes, especially in the early stages of recovering from alcohol addiction, it can be beneficial to have an all natural pain reliever for your body.
An amino acid that is very useful in calming the nerves is called GABA. GABA can be used to provide a relaxing feeling or even to help with sleep. An interesting fact is that GABA provides the same essential elements as those that are used to make the prescription drug Valium. So, you don’t have to take a pharmaceutical drug in order to get the same relaxing sensation. The effect doesn’t kick in as quickly, but the end result is that it is much more effective in the long run. Also, it is not addictive!
These are just a few of the interesting amino acids that you’ll be taking in your natural protocol to stop alcoholism. You’ll notice that all of these and many more are included in the supplements that you should take in phase 2 and phase 3 of the natural cure for alcoholism. Just stay the course and I’m sure you’ll start to see benefits as you move forward with these protocols.