Have you ever noticed that once you’ve started eating that bag of fat-free chips, it’s difficult to stop? You have eaten enough food, but your brain says you are still hungry. The link between food cravings, obesity, food additives, chemical preservatives and brain health is very strong.
Also referred to as “excitotoxins” by neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD, PhD, these chemical additives harm the normal function of the brain and disrupt the appetite control system. In addition, they may damage brain cells and interfere with the central nervous system and hormonal system causing some of the following symptoms:
- anxiety & nervousness
- memory loss
- inability to concentrate
- increased risk for convulsions and seizures
- headaches, dizziness, ringing in ears
- can lead to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
- genetic cell damage
- chronic fatigue
- fibromyalgia (muscle pain)
- arthritis (joint pain)
Excitotoxins are in foods eaten daily such as fat-free foods, diet sodas, packaged foods, gum, childrens’ medications, soups, crackers, cheese and more. They contain MSG, aspartame and other chemical sweeteners and additives.
This article was written by Dr. Sharon Price, PHd, CN
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