When you experience cravings your body wants sugar. Glutamine is an alternate source of glucose (sugar) for the brain and it gets there incredibly fast once you take it. It works so fast that you will notice reduced cravings within minutes.
Protein is made up of building blocks called amino acids. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid found in the body and most of it is stored in our muscles and we use it up with heavy exercise. Glutamine is very important for our immune systems, intestinal health, and wound healing. It is also known to greatly reduce both sugar and alcohol cravings.
Dr. Atkins (from the popular Atkins Diet) was a firm believer with using glutamine with his clients. He learned this from Dr. Roger Williams who is well known for his work in nutritional medicine. Dr. Williams was one of the first to realize that there is a deep connection in cravings for alcohol and cravings for sugar and he use glutamine to treat both.
So what does this mean? This means that glutamine can be used successfully to treat both people who are addicted to sugar and alcohol. Glutamine provides a ready source of brain fuel for hypoglycemic and helps stave off sugar cravings when blood sugar levels get too low.
So how do we take Glutamine? Well there are two well-known ways:
- Dr. Akins: Take 1-2g of L-glutamine with some heavy cream and non-sugar sweetener.
- Dr. Jonny Bowden: Take 1 heaping teaspoon of L-glutamine dissolved in water.
So if you can’t get a handle on those cravings, then give L-glutamine a shot. It might be all you need to keep you on track with your diet.