Binge eating disorder is a form of an eating disorder. A binge eater experiences frequent binge eating episodes when they consume large quantities of food rapidly. Most binge eaters eat in hiding due to the fear of being discovered. Those with binge eating disorders neither fantasize about food nor have any major love for food. Most binge eaters feel guilty after the eating episodes. Binge eaters do not purge after eating.
The characteristics of binge eating disorder are eating till one is full and uncomfortable, eating faster than usual, eating large amounts when not hungry, eating alone, and feeling depressed or disgusted after eating.
Although the exact causes of binge eating disorder have yet to be determined, psychological distress is found to be associated with binge eating patterns.
The top natural supplements for the treatment of binge eating disorder are multivitamin and mineral supplements like 5-HTP, and St. John’s Wort. The daily vitamin supplements that contain vitamins A, B, C and E and minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium are helpful in triggering brain function and balancing the appetite. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids improve muscle relaxation and relieve stress.
A multivitamin provides the body with its required nutrition and maintains a chemical balance within the body. This can control the urge to overeat. 5-HTP has been found to reduce the appetite and helps alleviate stress. St. John’s Wort has been found to reduce anxiety and maintain mental balance. It can also reduce stress-related binge eating.
Binge eating disorder treatment centers have self-help groups, where binge eaters support each other, discuss their problems, and attempt to understand the disorder better.
Binge eating disorder treatment includes dietary planning. It is important to reduce carbohydrate rich food and increase the intake of protein and fiber rich food. Excessive intake of sugar and salty food causes chemical imbalance and hyperactivity. This may lead to binge eating episodes in those suffering from binge eating disorders.
People taking medication for the treatment of binge eating disorder should consult a physician before taking additional supplements. Some constituents in the supplements can interfere with the functioning of the medication or react with the drugs to make them ineffective.
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