Addiction can take many forms. From substance abuse, to an addiction to the internet or even to power.

Addiction can be broadly defined as; any behavior that is associated with craving, temporary relief, has long term negative consequences and where there is a control impairment, i.e. someone wishes to give something up but cannot follow through.

It’s not the substance that is the problem, as some people go shopping and don’t get a shopping addiction, some people use the internet but aren’t addicted. Defining what constitutes as an addiction in our society isn’t straight forward.

What we want to look at is…. What makes people susceptible to it in the first place?

One can look at the social, economical and political factors which create the environment from which we grow and find infinite answers to that question.

Posing the question, what makes us susceptible to addictions from a nutritional and biochemical perspective ? One must look at the inner environment.

Clearly the food we use to nourish our inner environment affects it condition. Poor nutrition = poor health.

But its more that just that. The next question is, How does the body respond to the food that is being consumed? What are the byproducts of the food consumed? In other words, what happens to the food once it goes in?

Everybody knows that the purpose of the digestive system is to be able to digest and absorb food. But if your digestive system doesn’t have the right conditions then that cant always happen . When there is dysbiosis of the gut a whole cascade of unbalancing effects take place and the digestive system itself can become a major source of toxicity.

There are pathogens in the body and when there is an overgrowth of these pathogens things most certainly go awry. One group of pathogens are yeasts including the Candida species . Candida feeds on glucose (sugars) and in people with gut dysbiosis such as an overgrowth of yeast for example, glucose is dealt with in a different way. Candida hijack the glucose and digest it, a byproduct of their digestion is alcohol (which then has its own byproducts when it to is digested).

Without question people who have difficulty controlling their alcohol consumption have some sort of dysbiosis in their gut. Other addictions, such as a simple chocolate addiction, can also be traced back to a yeast overgrowth.

Alongside other interventions, a program addressing this is essential if we are to move beyond acting from habit and experience new levels of freedom.