Food & Your Brain:  Way Beyond Sugar Addiction

Food & Your Brain:  Way Beyond Sugar Addiction

written by: Joan Kent
by: Joan Kent
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Food & Your Brain: Way Beyond Sugar Addiction by

Joan Kent, PhD

I use food to change brain chemistry and hormones.

To be accurate, I help my clients eat differently so they can use food to change their brain chemistry and their hormones.

When I was still in my doctoral program, the question came up of what to call my specialty. "Sugar addiction" was too limited. A specialty called Psychoactive Nutrition would go far beyond that.

This week's posts will be about insulin and the many ways it affects your health.

Diabetes, Hypertension, PCOS: Beyond Sugar Addiction

I've worked with a many different clients over the 2 decades that I've been a sugar addiction expert. That includes numerous clients with metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a collection of health conditions that tend to cluster. A client might not have all of them, but – chances are – someone with one probably has others.

The metabolic conditions include diabetes, insulin resistance (IR), high blood pressure, high cholesterol (or bad cholesterol ratios), high triglycerides, heart disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, and different cancers.

One successful client had diabetes and hypertension. Both were lifelong health issues. As a result of our work together, she lost 55 pounds and no longer had diabetes. She loved to say, "It's not under control. It's gone!" She was also able to stop the meds she'd taken for 20 years because her blood pressure became completely normal.

A client with a different insulin-resistant condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) got such excellent results, her doctor sent me a thank-you note.

[More information on PCOS can be found here.]

Best of all, the changes stayed for both women.

Don't miss the next post about weight problems, irritable bowel, rosacea, bloating and more – right here this week!

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