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Do you struggle with alcohol cravings? Here’s one of the few supplements I recommend to manage these often painful moments that can cause us to relapse.
People often ask me, what’s one thing I can use to control cravings? And generally, I tend to land on something that most people can get their hands on, and that’s Glutamine.
Glutamine is a game-changer in regards to diffusing alcohol cravings rapidly, which drastically reduces our risk of relapse.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this is in no way shape, or form the secret to long-term sobriety, and only a tool to diminish cravings and keep us from de-railing off the train tracks of a sober life.
What is Glutamine?
Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid produced in our body and is often considered the most abundant, versatile amino acid.
Glutamine serves many functions, but its main purpose is a building block for proteins, helping to maintain gut barrier function and integrity, and is also an energy source for intestinal and immune cells.
One important role that glutamine plays is it ability to kill off unwanted viruses of bacteria in the gut, which plays a large key in controlling cravings (Kim & Kim, 2017).
How Does Glutamine Diminish Alcohol Cravings?
As I mentioned earlier, Glutamine has the ability to kill unwanted bacteria, in fact, it actually has the ability to affect our gut microbiota and modulate the ratio of firmicutes-to-bacteroidetes
You’re probably thinking, firmi-bactero-what?
See, firmicutes thrive on sugar, and are the culprit in creating sugar cravings, and what’s one thing we consume when we drink alcohol? sugar.
Alcohol also causes a steep rise and fall in our blood sugar, which will also send mixed messages to these pesky gut bugs, and makes quitting alcohol more difficult than it should be (Sharmin et al., 2013).
What I’m really trying to say here is, when we experience intense alcohol cravings, they’re probably more so sugar cravings, and glutamine can help to diffuse it.
Where Can You Buy Glutamine?
Luckily, Glutamine is very affordable, and there are many brands that do a clean, pure L-Glutamine supplement.
A few good brands that I recommend include
What Is The Recommended Dose?
Start with a conservative dose of 5-10g per day to keep cravings at bay.
Eventually, you will want to lead up to doses of approximately 0.25g/kg body weight per day.
Remember, this isn’t a long-term solution, and you should be incorporating other long-term solutions, many of which will be discussed in my book.
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Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid used by the body as a building block for proteins, and may also assist with the diminishment of alcohol cravings.
Through its ability to kill off bacteria in our gut known as firmicutes, we can use a simple, fairly beneficial amino acid to support our sobriety and look after our body in the process.
Looking for another viable option for managing withdrawal symptoms associated with substance abuse? Read more here on how N-Acetylcysteine may help.
When we use these “quick hack” tactics to push us further into sobriety, we can live an addiction-free life, without limits.
Kim, M., & Kim, H. (2017). The roles of glutamine in the intestine and its implication in intestinal diseases. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18(5), 1051. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms18051051
Sharmin, F., Wakelin, S., Huygens, F., & Hargreaves, M. (2013). Firmicutes dominate the bacterial taxa within sugar-cane processing plants. Scientific Reports, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/srep03107
All the best in health,
Former Drinker & Clinical Nutritionist
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Former drinker, Nutritionist, Biohacking enthusiast, self-experimenter, research fanatic, and self-taught writer, Stephen immerses himself deep into the literature of human optimisation and better understand the nature of addiction. His goal is to help people take control of their addiction, reset their cravings, unscramble their broken brain circuitry and use actionable strategies that work ten times better than anything else.