Diet > Eating Disorders
bulimia and compulsive eating can be improved in some
cases by supplements or dietary regulation. Here are
some clinically proven natural treatments summarised
from What Doctors Don't Tell You, Jan 1998.
anorexia can be improved by taking zinc supplements.
Studies have shown that zinc can improve the mental
state of sufferers and enable them to escape the grip
There is a significant
body of evidence linking anorexia and zinc
deficiency. Anorexics have been observed to have much
lower levels of zinc than is normal. (J Nat Med, 1990,1,
171-7.J Clln Psych, 1989,50, 456-9).
Zinc supplements have
been found to improve appetite, taste sensation and
mood in an array of studies. (Am J Psych, 1986,143,1059. Lancet, 1984,2,
Niacin can also
improve appetite and mental state. Other studies have
reported high levels of vitamins A andB12 and low
levels of vitamins D and E.
A natural remedy
that has had success is a switch to a nutrient dense
and sugar-free diet. In one study a group of bulimic
women ceased to binge when they were put on such a
diet, while the control group showed no improvement.
When the control group joined the diet they too
ceased to binge.
This may be because
the emotional effects of sugar are can prove to be a
difficulty for bulimics. Sugar has been shown to have
a marked effect on the eating behaviour of some
bulimics. (Physio Beav, 1984, 33,169-75. Brain Res 14 1985,14, 673-80)
suggests that the quickest and most effective way to
help bulimics is to get them to seek counselling.
Cognitive behavioural therapy or even hypnotherapy
can achieve good results.
An Australian study
found that therapy reduced the incidence of binge
eating in all participants during an eight week
course. (Fur Eat Dis Rev, 1994, 2, 202-20)
Bulimics may be
deficient in nutrients, particularly B vitamins such
as folic acid and pyridoxine (B6).
B6 has been shown to
improve mood with consequential benefits in eating
behaviour and feelings about eating (Lancet, 1989,
appetite may be a sign of hidden allergies.
Obesity nay be caused
by increased adipose tissue as the body holds water
to cope with toxins in its system. When dealing with
obesity or compulsive eating it is useful to check
food sensitivities. As with bulimia, it is possible
that sugar may stimulate calorie consumption, (a
sugar binge). Avoiding sugar and consequent binges
can be more effective than avoiding fat.
Fructose or glucose
can be used instead of sugar. These can stimulate
thermogenesis, (fat burning). Fructose can reduce
subsequent calorie and fat consumption. (Am J
Nutrition, 1990, 51, 428-35)
Herbs can be effective
at promoting weight loss. The homeopathic treatment
known as Helianthus tuberosis Dl has been shown to be useful and tests on 166
overweight men showed an average weight loss of
around 7.2 kg, which was nearly double that of the
control group. (Therapie woche, 1994, 44,
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