Hypnosis key to beating junk food addiction

Hypnosis could be the key to eating healthier and beating  junk food addiction.

Junk food can be as addictive as hard drugs

New research has found that the UK has the unhealthiest diet in Europe, with us consuming five times more processed food than Portugal, and four times higher than France, Greece, or Italy. 50% of the average person’s diet in the UK is processed food, which increases the risk of heart disease and strokes.

This kind of processed junk food can be as addictive as hard drugs, with salt and sugar being habit-forming substances that create positive feedback loops in the brain. Eating any food triggers the release of dopamine in the brain, however certain sugars, fats, and processed chemicals can have the same effect as cocaine, flooding our brain with more dopamine than it is used to, thus overriding dopamine pathways to only release the neurochemical when we eat those unhealthy foods, which causes an addiction. This leads to cravings, which are distinctly different from hunger. Hunger is when our body needs sustenance; cravings are when our bodies want a reward. Dopamine is not necessary for maintenance of the body, only as a reward which makes us repeat behaviour. This is why some people eat junk food even when they’re not hungry.

Eating less of these foods can eventually reset our dopamine levels and responses, but this is easier said than done. Fighting addiction is one of the toughest things a person can do, especially when combined with the fact that so much of what we eat is the very thing we’re trying to cut out of our system. Hypnosis can bypass the addiction by tapping into the power of the subconscious mind, meaning people eat less junk food without exerting any effort.

“Foods that are high in sugar or salt are more likely to be addictive, when blood sugar levels are lowered there is a physical craving which is hard to resist. For people with processed food addiction I use hypnosis to help them believe that junk food is toxic or poisonous. People respond to foods differently if they associate them with being dangerous. Since junk food is responsible for so many health issues from obesity to Type 2 diabetes it’s not difficult for the unconscious mind to accept that junk food is genuinely dangerous.

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Hypnosis Hypnotherapy tops the list for treating pain

Hypnosis Hypnotherapy 

It’s an alternative therapy that is used to promote relaxation and induce an alternate state of consciousness. It involves learning how to use your mind and thoughts to manage emotional distress, unpleasant physical symptoms like pain, and also habits or behaviours. It has been shown to be especially effective in repetitive strain injuries and cancer pain.Any intervention or treatment used in place of conventional medicine is termed as “Alternate therapy/medicine”. Alternative therapy, which encompasses a variety of disciplines, including acupuncture, yoga, bio-feedback, massage, mind-body techniques, is becoming increasingly common in managing pain.Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese practice, which involves inserting fine needles into the body, has been shown to be very effective in conditions like fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. WHO currently lists more than 30 conditions that can be managed by Acupuncture. Therapeutic touch and Reiki healing are considered to activate the self-healing processes of an individual. In addition to pain these techniques have also been proved to reduce anxiety and improve stress management.

Mind-body techniques

These include mindful meditation, transcendental meditation et cetera, and have become common outside of their spiritual contexts. These techniques help to reduce pain and manage stress by clearing your mind and focussing on your body’s perception of pain and other signals.

Biofeedback is a pain management technique that teaches a patient to control normally involuntary body functions like blood pressure or heart rate. Electromyography (or EMG) measures muscle tension and is the type of feedback that has been identified to be helpful in pain, especially chronic headaches.


Chiropractic therapy

Although widespread, it’s still considered as an alternative therapy. Chiropractic therapy involves studying the relationship between different body structures and altering their alignment, particularly the spine, in order to alleviate pain. It is most commonly used to manage disc and nerve related pains. Massage involves manipulation of body’s soft tissues to influence muscles, circulation and lymphatic systems. Various kinds of massage techniques including deep tissue, sports massage, ayurvedic massage and hot stone massage are now being used to relax the body while relieving muscle inflammation and pain.With an increase in the popularity of alternative therapies it is important to ensure that one seeks proper medical advice before turning to any such therapy.


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