Is addiction a part of life? Is conquering our addictions part of our growth process? It seems as though every human has at least one addiction. Addictions, to include food, sex, self improvement, alcohol, cigarettes, over the counter and prescription drugs, gambling, to name a few are such a common thing that I wonder if it is part of our growing process to conquer them. Or is all about the food we put in our bodies?
In my research I have always been intrigued by the connection to serotonin levels in the brain and addiction. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter ( ++++ ) responsible for communicating the various needs of the body between the brain cells and the peripheral ( ++++ ) cells of the nervous system. Serotonin is one of the major neurotransmitters that affects mood. (more…)