Walk With Jennifer, Weight Loss Progress Report

Walk With Jennifer, AWAREmed, Dr. Dalal Akoury, weight loss, healthy lifestyle

Can you believe it?!

Jennifer has been working with the AWAREmed weight loss program for approximately 3 weeks and you can already see a big difference! Although obese patients want to see instant weight loss results, it’s a slow process, but, as you can see, even in a short period of time there is a visual difference.

Jennifer says:

“So far things are going very well, Im getting used to eating right, I havent had any cravings at all, I have been excercising everyday and I feel so much better. My blood pressure is almost at normal and I can breathe right for the first time in a very long time, it’s getting easier in some ways but I know I still have a long road ahead. I will not give up!

I am so determined to be successful with my weight loss and be 100 % as healthy as I can be! I think having to be accountable for my actions publicly makes me even more determined to not mess up! Showing myself on television was really hard, but the last show we did, I was much prouder of the way I looked on camera.

What I expect to gain from this is the knowledge of how to eat right and replace my bad habits with good habits, such as excercising everyday instead of sitting in front of the television eating whatever I want.”

Remember, not everyone will have the same weight loss results in the same amount of time.

The complete program with AWAREmed consists of meal changes and nutrition coaching with Patricia Coppola, specific supplements for the individual, and special IV therapy and injections, again, tailored to the individual. And along with this, and perhaps just as important to see results, is regular exercise. Jennifer has been walking as well as beginning twice a week workout sessions with a trainer.

Sessions with Jillian Maas Backman  help with setting new intentions, using a personal power statement to push through the times when it seems too hard, and motivation to take a deeper, more spiritual look inside and come to a new understanding of the self, before, during and after weight loss.

Even if you can’t do the complete weight loss program, you can still become a part of Walk With Jennifer by making the simple changes in diet and exercise. You can add the supplements, and you can add the IV therapy if you choose, but it’s not a requirement.

It’s your choice, choose to change!  Let’s help each other by spreading the word and this website!

If you still need to be visually motivated, check out this story about a young couple in St. Louis!

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The hard consequences of cocaine addiction

The hard consequences of cocaine addiction: No drug takes you down faster or harder than crack

The hard consequences of cocaine addiction

The hard consequences of cocaine addiction are ruining people’s live and the sooner you reach out for help the better

In one of the sessions where doctor Dalal Akoury was impacting health knowledge to some group of cocaine addicts, she mention a very strong statement that has kept many thinking about substance abuse in general. She said that “no drug takes you down faster or harder than crack and that the consequences of cocaine addiction are real and dangerous.” Take a moment and visualize what this statement is loaded with. It simply means that when you are taking this drug, in essence you are reducing your life spun with every injection, smoke or drink you take hence the statement going down faster and harder. Cocaine is a very dangerous and addictive substance and it comes in two forms, the powdered form that is snorted and crack that is smoked. When we say that cocaine is very addictive, this may not make sense to many people, but wait a moment and listen to this illustration about the intensity of this substance. The addictiveness of cocaine can be displayed with the life of a mouse. That is to say, if you give a mouse a hit of cocaine every time it presses a lever, it will do nothing else but press that lever. It won’t stop for a minute to take a sip of water or a bite to eat, and eventually it will die from a cocaine overdose. The only thing that prevents people from overdosing on crack is their bank account. Once people are addicted to crack, they will sell their soul for another hit and that is how addictive this drug can be says doctor Akoury.

In life we often have the liberty to make choices, some of the choices we make can be very costly to our health and getting into drugs is one such choice that is today causing many families serious nightmares. The formation of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center by doctor Akoury is one of the best choices that any professional can make. Having seen how wrong choices were being made by many people opting into drugs, doctor Akoury made a decision to create a medical center whose main objective is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power. Dr. Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. Therefore if for whatever reason you may have made the wrong choice and you want to get back to making the right choice, then this is the place to start from. I am not promising a joyride in the process. Recovering from addiction is a process and not a destination and so obstacles will be there but with determination and commitment, doctor Akoury will help you go through the healing process in the most professional way. All you have to do is to call her on telephone number 843 213 1480 to schedule for your appointment with her today.

The hard consequences of cocaine addiction: The dangers of cocaine use

Now as you consider calling that number, it is important to note that cocaine is a stimulant and very addictive for that matter. Therefore its usage can cause your heart to beat faster and your blood vessels to constrict the consequence of which are high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. These are not just health problems but very serious ones which can cause you your life. This problem is ravaging in our societies like never before and in fact heart attacks in young patients without a history of heart disease are so frequently thanks to cocaine abuse and because of that emergency room doctors are taught to consider it as one of the first diagnoses. And the problem doesn’t end there.

Cocaine is an important cause of cardiac arrest – like I have said cocaine causes ones heart to speed up, and in some cases the speed is so fast that it actually stops. What is especially deadly about cocaine is that there is no correlation between how many times you’ve used cocaine or how much you used, and when you will suffer a cardiac arrest. Some people die after their first use. Other people have used cocaine hundreds of times, and then drop dead on the very next time. Some university athletes who suddenly drop dead are discovered to have died from cocaine induced cardiac arrest. And as with all drugs, the most important consequences of cocaine addiction are psychological, social, and emotional. However with cocaine these happen faster and harder than with other drugs. A word of caution to all cocaine users, if you are a cocaine addict, you don’t have to wonder if you’ve hurt your friends and family because the truth is that you have done that not once but many times, you may not know because of the influence the drug has on you but now that you are sober and you’re asking, the writings is on the wall. Make a mend by scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for the commencement of your recovery journey.

The hard consequences of cocaine addiction: Withdrawal symptoms

The withdrawal symptoms of cocaine are emotional – There are no physical withdrawal symptoms from cocaine, which is why people sometimes trick themselves into thinking they aren’t addicted to it. “I’m not physically addicted to cocaine.” But there’s no physical addiction and non-physical addiction all we have is addiction. Remember that all addiction occurs in the brain. Doctor Akoury says that even though there are no physical withdrawal symptoms, cocaine still satisfies the criteria of addiction. People have difficulty controlling how much they use and they continue to use even though it has negative consequences to their life. Nevertheless the known emotional withdrawal symptoms of cocaine may include tiredness, depression, anxiety and moodiness.

Post-acute withdrawal – The post-acute withdrawal symptoms for cocaine are similar to those of other drugs and they include mood swings, variable energy, low enthusiasm, poor concentration and sleep disturbances.

The hard consequences of cocaine addiction: Cross Addiction

Most cocaine addicts struggle with the idea of total abstinence – If you’re addicted to cocaine, you know you never want to use cocaine again. Cocaine has ruined your life, it has cost you a lot of money, but you’re not sure about stopping alcohol. Maybe alcohol has never been a problem. But because of cross addiction, if you want to stop using cocaine you must also stop all addictive drugs including alcohol and marijuana.

Alcohol is a common trigger for cocaine use – You’ll start with just a few drinks a week. Maybe you’ll drink moderately for weeks or even months without using cocaine. But then one week, you’ll have a bad week. Bad things happen. During that week, everything will go wrong. You’ll be stressed out at work. You’ll have an argument at home. And by the end of the week, you’ll really want a drink. But instead of just a few drinks, you’ll want maybe three or four drinks to take the edge off. After the first one or two drinks, your inhibitions will be lower. After two or three drinks, you’ll reach a magic number, and your brain will suddenly say “Bingo. With all these experiences all you need is an experienced professional to help you and that service is available at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, make that call today.

The hard consequences of cocaine addiction: No drug takes you down faster or harder than crack

 

 

 

Effective treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal syndrome

Effective treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome: Incorporating precautionary elucidations

Effective treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal syndrome

Effective treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal syndrome when done professionally will lead into the victim being completely healed to become addiction free

It is not going to be the first time we are talking about effective treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome on this link and certainly it is not going to be the last time either. For the purpose of winning the war against drug addiction from our societies, this has become necessary and as experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center we have made a resolve to work from the front in this journey of kicking out all manner of addictions from our societies. With the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD and also the founder of this facility, we have made inroads by creating awareness about drug addiction using this platform and the result is encouraging from the humbling feed backs we get. Ours is to do all it takes including the incorporation of all preventive precautionary elucidations to ensure that life is saved and lived to the fullest by everyone. We may not know what you are going through, but if you are reading this article today and it is addressing any of your conditions or that of any one you know, then scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury will be the starting point towards getting your life back in the most professional way. Doctor Akoury is passionately involved in the direct treatment of victims of substance abuse an exercise she has been doing for more than two decades now and each time she attends to a patients, all we get is results, health, life and appreciation from totally recovered addicts. This is one experience you do not want to miss. Therefore if this communicates something to you then make that call today and join the family of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center celebration club of success in addiction recovery.

Effective treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome: Real treatment approaches

Whereas prevention is the best in all health conditions, we are often not able to walk the talk effectively and therefore we still find ourselves being victims of various health conditions which we would have ordinarily prevented. Since this has come, the only noble thing to do is to administer treatment to the victims and put more emphasis in exercising preventive measures for the future. Therefore in our case of effective treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome doctor Akoury is reporting that if you have a mild or moderate withdrawal symptoms, treatment should be done immediately. When you visit your clinic, it is possible that your doctor may recommend an outpatient treatment setting particularly when you have supportive family and friends. This setting (outpatient detoxification) is safe, effective and pocket friendly in relation to inpatient detoxifications at a hospital or any other health facility offering the same. Nevertheless even though many may prefer outpatient because of it cost effectiveness and the closeness with the family, the doctor may also opt for inpatient treatment if you don’t have a reliable social network, you are pregnant or have a history of any of severe withdrawal symptoms, withdrawal seizures or DTs, multiple previous detoxifications and certain medical or psychiatric illnesses. And remember that the goals of treatment are threefold, that is to say reducing immediate withdrawal symptoms, preventing complications and beginning long-term therapy to promote alcohol abstinence.

Effective treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal syndrome: Prescription drugs of choice

In most cases during treatment of withdrawal syndrome many doctors will prefer certain prescription drugs of choice which may include benzodiazepines, such as diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), lorazepam (Ativan), and oxazepam (Serax). Doctor Akoury says that such medications will help you in controlling the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome like shakiness, anxiety and confusion and reduces the risk of withdrawal seizures and DTs. In patients with mild to moderate symptoms, the anticonvulsant drug carbamazepine (Tegretol) may be an effective alternative to benzodiazepines, because it is not sedating and has low potential for abuse. To help manage withdrawal complications, says doctor Akoury at this point your doctor may consider adding other drugs to a benzodiazepine regimen which may include the following:

  • An antipsychotic drug, which can help relieve agitation and hallucinations
  • A beta-blocker, which may help curb a fast heart rate and elevated blood pressure related to withdrawal and reduce the strain of alcohol withdrawal in people with coronary artery disease
  • Clonidine (Catapres), another blood pressure drug
  • Phenytoin (Dilantin), an anticonvulsant which doesn’t treat withdrawal seizures but may be useful in people with an underlying seizure disorder

Effective treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal syndrome: The Future of Integrative Addiction

As we progress into the discussion, it is important to note that doctor Akoury’s effort in the elimination of drug addiction is not just targeting the direct victims, but also to the professionals attending to them. In this regard AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, one of the leading pioneers in natural and holistic addiction treatment, will be conducting the first Educational, Functional and Integrative Addiction conference for doctors, counselors, nurses and addiction therapists. The conference is schedule for August 23-25 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This new frontier in Addiction Medicine will be conducted by the most influential group of leading visionaries specializing in the latest advances in natural and integrative addiction medicine, under the theme The Future of Integrative Addiction”. The key note speech will be delivered by doctor Dalal Akoury MD whose discussion will be focusing on the hijacked mind, how does it get there and how does is leave? Sean Devlin, DO, HMD, will be focusing on “How to Recognize Addiction: Emergency care room and Addiction. Preliminary diagnostics and coping with life-saving measures when patients have overdose on substances of abuse/alcohol and drugs. That is just the brief of what you will be expecting and for more information you can log in www.integrativeaddiction2015.com Or call the Event Planner on Tel: 954 540 1896 you can as well send email to sharon@integrativeaddiction2015.com

Effective treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal syndrome: Assessment of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

If alcohol withdrawal syndrome is suspected, your doctor will take a complete medical history and ask how much you drink, how long you’ve been drinking, and how much time has elapsed since your last drink. He or she also will want to know if you have a history of alcohol withdrawal, if you abuse any other substances, and if you have any medical or psychiatric conditions. During a physical exam, your doctor will identify alcohol withdrawal symptoms and any potential complicating medical conditions such as irregular heartbeats, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, gastrointestinal bleeding, infections, liver disease, nervous system impairment, and pancreatitis. He or she also may order blood tests to measure complete blood count, alcohol and electrolyte levels, liver function, and a urine screen to identify drug use. The results of the medical history and physical exam will help your doctor decide if you have alcohol withdrawal syndrome and, if so, its severity. With this information, your doctor will be able to address your precise condition and deliver your health back. You may also want to talk to us at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center for a much more and elaborate professional advice about anything you may not have understood from this article.

Effective treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal syndrome: Incorporating precautionary elucidations

 

The process of inhibiting occurrence of alcohol withdrawal

The process of inhibiting occurrence of alcohol withdrawal: Why it is necessary to put to check alcohol withdrawal

The process of inhibiting occurrence of alcohol withdrawal

The process of inhibiting occurrence of alcohol withdrawal has become very necessary owing to the sufferings alcohol is imposing on individuals health

While looking at the mechanisms of preventing alcohol withdrawal in the previous article, we were able to find out about the three levels of alcohol withdrawal and right now we want to continue with the same discussion under the topic “the process of inhibiting occurrence of alcohol withdrawal.” This is very important since it has been established that alcohol is one of the substance which can be very fatal during the withdrawal process. Ours is to help you get the right information about these threats so that you may take precautionary action in good time. At this point of time we can’t plead ignorant of the dangers of misuse of alcohol because a part from these health information, every advert mounted on the advertisements platforms will be very glittering but in that glitters, there will be a warning remark that excess alcohol consumption is harmful to your health. As it is the norm in this site, doctor Dalal Akoury the MD and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center will be taking us through the discussion to unlock some of the hidden concerns we have progressively.

The process of inhibiting occurrence of alcohol withdrawal: What Causes Alcohol Withdrawal?

In many cases alcohol withdrawal is caused by neurotransmitter rebound. When alcohol overpowers the action of a neurotransmitter system over a long period of time the neurotransmitter system adjusts by working extra harder to defeat the effect of the alcohol and to try and function at normal levels in spite of the presence of the alcohol. When the alcohol is suddenly removed from the body the neurotransmitter system still continues to function far in excess of normal levels. Since alcohol is no longer present to suppress the effects of this hyperactivity, what we now see are effects which are precisely the opposite of those caused by alcohol. Just for a better understanding, let us illustrate this with the game of tug of war where two parties pool at a balanced position, in this game, if one party let loose the rope unexpectedly, then their opponents will fly in the opposite direction, in the same way, when alcohol is suddenly eliminated from the neurotransmitter system to which alcohol has been fighting to overcome its effects, the neurotransmitter will fly also in the opposite direction.

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, the main neurotransmitter system involved in alcohol withdrawal is the GABA system. The effects of alcohol on GABA system lead to relaxation, sleep, calm, and the soothing of panic. When alcohol is suddenly removed from the brain then the neurotransmitter rebound in the GABA system leading to insomnia, nightmares, hallucinations, anxiety, panic, muscle cramps, and seizures. Remember that benzodiazepines will affect the GABA system in a much similar way as doe’s alcohol and this is why benzodiazepine withdrawal is also life-threatening.

The process of inhibiting occurrence of alcohol withdrawal: The odds of going through alcohol withdrawal

What is the likelihood that you will go through life-threatening alcohol withdrawal if you suddenly stop drinking? The more that you drink per day and the more consecutive days that you drink, the more likely you are to go through alcohol withdrawal. If you never drink two days in a row you will not go through alcohol withdrawal. Drinking every night increases your chances of undergoing withdrawal. And drinking both morning and night every day of the week increases the odds of going through withdrawal even more.

Women are more sensitive to the negative effects of alcohol than are men. Like for instance if you are a woman of average weight and you have been drinking 6 standard drinks a day every day for a month then you have about a fifty-fifty chance of going through minor withdrawal, but it probably won’t be life threatening. On the other hand a woman who has been drinking 11 standard drinks a day for a month has about a fifty-fifty chance of going through major life threatening withdrawal. If you have been drinking a shorter period of time then you will have to have drunk more per day to be in danger of withdrawal. A woman who has 8 standard drinks per day every day for a week has about a fifty-fifty chance of having minor withdrawal whereas a woman who drinks around 15 standard drinks a day daily for a week has about a fifty-fifty chance of having major withdrawal. There is little chance of withdrawal for anyone who has been drinking for less than three days in a row.

As for men, they will have to drink more than women to get withdrawal syndrome. Therefore if you are a man of average weight and you drink 8 standard drinks a day for a month you are in danger of minor withdrawal symptoms. If you drink 13 a day for a month then you have about a fifty-fifty chance of having major life threatening withdrawals. Drinking 10 a day for a week will lead to minor withdrawal and 18 a day for a week to major life-threatening withdrawal. From the discussion so far it is very evident that alcohol misuse can be very devastating to human health. To keep distance with such frustrations, it will do you good to seek for help from the professionals who really understand the problem you are struggling with. Doctor Akoury has been in this profession for more than two decades now and has been of great help to many people globally. You can become one of the many who consulted with her and had their lives completely transformed to their comfort and fulfillment. If you or any one you know is struggling with any form of addiction, it doesn’t have to be about alcohol alone, but any substance of abuse then you are the right candidate to schedule for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for quick and professional remedy to whatever you are going through. Call right away and be the first to have your health back for enjoyment and comfort.

The process of inhibiting occurrence of alcohol withdrawal: Why it is necessary to put to check alcohol withdrawal

 

Mechanisms of preventing alcohol withdrawal

Mechanisms of preventing alcohol withdrawal: The levels of alcohol withdrawal

Mechanisms of preventing alcohol withdrawal

Mechanisms of preventing alcohol withdrawal is not the end of alcohol addiction but just a strategy of containing the vice which can make you a prisoner

Before we can talk about alcohol withdrawal, one must have been into drinking for a long period of time. This is so because alcohol withdrawal is pegged on the ex poser of alcohol to the brain over a given duration that is considered long enough to cause such damages. It is important to note that alcohol withdrawal is different from withdrawal from most other drugs. This is so because alcohol withdrawal can be fatal and deadly. Ideally studies have indicated that the only drugs capable of reacting like alcohol to the point of causing death from withdrawal are the benzodiazepines. It is not like other substances heroin withdrawal for example will rarely be that fatal let alone ever killing anyone. But untreated major alcohol withdrawal can kill one person in three. The good news is that these fatalities are almost completely preventable if people are properly tapered off from their alcohol use. Therefore as it is always said that prevention is better that cure, experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of Doctor Dalal Akoury’s care are doing all that it takes to create awareness about all the mechanisms of preventing alcohol withdrawal so that we may have a healthy society we can be happy to call home. On that note, doctor Akoury is going to help us come to speed with the understanding of the levels of alcohol withdrawal as follows.

Mechanisms of preventing alcohol withdrawal: The levels of alcohol withdrawal

Professionally across the board globally, doctors generally recognizes the three levels of alcohol withdrawal in the following order:

Level one minor withdrawal – Shaky hands sweating, mild anxiety, insomnia, nausea and headache. These symptoms may appear within 6 to 12 hours after quitting drinking.

Level two Mid-level Withdrawal – Minor withdrawal symptoms at a more intense level plus visual, auditory or tactile hallucinations. The patient generally is aware that the hallucinations are not real, possible seizures, racing pulse and irregular heartbeat. These symptoms may appear within 12 to 48 hours after quitting drinking.

Level three Major Withdrawal – Delirium, alcohol-induced hallucinations, patient generally cannot distinguish hallucination from reality, profuse sweating, seizures and severe blood pressure spikes, sever tremor, racing and irregular heartbeat, fever and possible death. These symptoms may appear within 48 to 72 hours after quitting drinking and peak in five days. Remember that mild or mid-level alcohol withdrawal are rarely if ever fatal unless you have a very weak heart. Major withdrawal is the most dangerous one.

Popular slang in the United States refers to the shakiness which comes with mild alcohol withdrawal as “D.T.s”. This is a rather confusing use of terminology since properly speaking “D.T.s” refers to delirium tremens which is associated with major withdrawal. Real delirium tremens is life-threatening and can kill one in every three untreated patients. The shakiness associated with minor withdrawal is not life-threatening either. Now that you know of the three levels of alcohol withdrawal and their intensity of damage they can cause your life and that of your loved ones, it would be very important to carry out a self-evaluation about yourself so that you can take percussions in good time. You may want to schedule for an appointment with doctor Akoury for her professional touch about your situation and you will not regret it all the days of your life.

Mechanisms of preventing alcohol withdrawal: The Future of Integrative Addiction

As we progress in this discussion it is equally important to appreciate the effort doctor Akoury and her health facility (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) are doing in ensuring that everyone with any addiction problem is well attended to. To this effect AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, one of the leading pioneers in natural and holistic addiction treatment, will be conducting the first ever Educational, Functional and Integrative Addiction conference targeting professionals in addiction including doctors, counselors, nurses and addiction therapists. This is a must attend conference for all professionals and it is schedule for August 23-25 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Remember that this new frontier in Addiction Medicine will be conducted by the most influential group of leading visionaries specializing in the latest advances in natural and integrative addiction medicine, under the theme “The Future of Integrative Addiction”. We want to take this earliest opportunity to welcome you to this conference so that we can succeed in forming a strong team that will defeat all manner of addictions even before they come. For more information about this conference you can login to www.integrativeaddiction2015.com or send an email with all your queries to sharon@integrativeaddiction2015.com. Or make a direct call to: 954 540 1896

As you consider making those enquiries, I want to bring you up to speed with some of the who is who in the medical profession who have confirmed their attendance and the list is quit big but let me just give you a few and they include Mitch Ghen, DO, Ph.D, Sean Devlin, DO, HMD., Sahar Swidan, Pharma D. BCPS., Kenneth Proefrock, N.M.D., William Eidelman, M.D., and Gregory G. Smith, MD.

And for those who may be interested in the exhibit spaces, the schedule has now been released and currently we have a 10x10s and table tops to be grabbed. Besides that we also have a wide range of sponsorships, including speaking engagements. And just for clarity this conference is medicine oriented and therefore companies who may want to consider attending should include: nutraceuticals, aromatherapy, bio-feedback, drug and abuse, stem cell research, detoxification, hypnotherapy, BHRT companies, rehabilitation, compounding companies, IV therapies and ozone treatment, natural weight loss, electrical simulation, massage therapy and acupuncture. And like I had said this is only to hint you up. For further details the contacts above will be very useful. However for more information about Integrative Addiction Treatment you can reach out to the following contacts.

Dalal Akoury M.D.

AWAREMed

Tel: 843 213 1480

Email: dollyanis@hotmail.com

www.awaremed.com

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Mechanisms of preventing alcohol withdrawal: The levels of alcohol withdrawal

 

What do you know about food addiction

What do you know about food addiction: Can food be addictive like other substances?

What do you know about food addiction

What do you know about food addiction. This this kind of behavior, the consequences can be very fatal if a rescue mission is not adopted immediately.

Generally the body of any human being needs sufficient fuel to remain operational. It is no secret that all the fuel for energies we need come from the food we eat meaning that food is very essential for human survival. So if food is that essential, then what is this madness called food addiction? Can food be addictive? Ever since scientific evidence associated food with other addictive substances, the debate of food addiction has been on going and we are not lest out and so we ask “what do you know about food addiction?” and are you addicted to any kind of food? I believe these concerns you too and that is why we are choosing this platform to inform you by way of explaining to you something about food addiction. doctor Dalal Akoury MD and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center says that, currently there are so many studies that have suggested that food and drug addiction have some common similarities more in relation to the way both reacts in the disruption of the brain which is involved in the pleasure and self-control. It will interest you to know that with the many discoveries; today the idea that an individual can be addicted to food has been receiving a lot of support from the scientific findings to the extent that experiments in animals and humans now shows that, for some people, the same reward and pleasure centers of the brain that are triggered by addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin are also activated by food, especially highly palatable foods which may include foods rich in sugar, fat and salt.

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, in the same way addictive drugs reacts, highly palatable foods can also trigger the feel-good brain chemicals such as dopamine. Therefore the moment people experience pleasures associated with increased dopamine transmission in the brain’s reward pathway from eating certain foods, they quickly feel the need to eat again. The reward signals from highly palatable foods may override other signals of fullness and satisfaction. As a result, people keep eating, even when they’re not hungry and that is one of the reasons as to why food addiction is real today. Besides that individuals who demonstrate signs of food addiction may also develop tolerance to food. That way they will be eating excessively more units of food only to find that they are not really getting the satisfaction from the food they eat despite the quantity and the frequency.

With the advent of scientific findings, it is believed that food addiction may play an important role in obesity and weight related complications. Nonetheless people of normal-weight are not immune to this either they are also likely to struggle with food addiction as well. This may not be reflected in their weigh because many at times their bodies will be genetically programmed to better handle the extra calories they may take in. besides their body responding in their favor, they may also increase their physical activity to compensate for overeating. Doctor Akoury is very categorical that once addicted to food, such people will continue with their habits despite negative consequences like weight gain and dented relationships. And just like people who are addicted to other substances or gambling, food addicts will also have difficulties in stopping their behavior, even if there is evidence of willingness to cut back.

What do you know about food addiction: Signs of food addiction?

Before you can attempt to treat the problem of food addiction, you must be well informed of the possible signs of food addiction. Therefore how do we know that we are now at risk of food addictions? The following are some of the questions that can help determine if you have a food addiction. Are you able to identify any of these actions in your life? In other words do you …

  • End up eating more than planned when you start eating certain foods
  • Keep eating certain foods even if you’re no longer hungry
  • Eat to the point of feeling ill
  • Worry about not eating certain types of foods or worry about cutting down on certain types of foods
  • When certain foods aren’t available, go out of your way to obtain them

Questions in relation to the impact caused in your relationship with food on your personal life. Do these situations apply to you when:

  • You eat certain foods so often or in such large amounts that you start eating food instead of working, spending time with the family, or doing recreational activities.
  • You avoid professional or social situations where certain foods are available because of fear of overeating.
  • You have problems functioning effectively at your job or school because of food and eating.

Questions in relation to psychological withdrawal symptoms like for example, when you cut down on certain foods (excluding caffeinated beverages), do you have symptoms such as anxiety, agitation and other physical symptoms? Remember that these questions are not just tailored to trigger you if you are being addicted to food but also to gauge the impact of food decisions on your emotions. Therefore do these situations apply to you?

  • Eating food causes problems such as depression, anxiety, self-loathing, or guilt.
  • You need to eat more and more food to reduce negative emotions or increase pleasure.
  • Eating the same amount of food doesn’t reduce negative emotions or increase pleasure the way it used to.

What do you know about food addiction: Help for food addiction?

Even though there is evidence that food addiction is real, its treatment is still under investigation and the experts are working towards getting a scientific treatment solution for food addiction. At the moment a lot of debate around this is going on with some arguing that recovery from food addiction may be more complicated than recovery from other kinds of addictions. Alcoholics, for example, can ultimately abstain from drinking alcohol. But people who are addicted to food still need to eat. This is very interesting however while these studies are still being conducted, there are avenues of hope that you can get from experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury. All you need to do to access this help is to schedule for an appointment with her today and all your addiction concerns will be professionally addressed without any hesitation.

What do you know about food addiction: Can food be addictive like other substances?

 

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