A number of followers have pointed me toward L-glutamine supplementation as a way to reduce sugar cravings, which I experience when stressed or fatigues. As I started researching the merits of L-glutamine supplementation, I found evidence that it can also speed up healing the gut and reduce systemic inflammation, including inflammation in the brain. I have started to thoroughly research this topic for an upcoming post, as there seems to be some fairly well understood mechanisms for why a deficiency in glutamine may contribute to a leaky gut. I started supplementing with L-glutamine two weeks ago, taking 1-2g on an empty stomach between meals 2-3 times a day (I have to admit, I have not been that regular with when I take it because my life has been so hectic lately). I actually started with a lower dose, but increased to this level after reading the recommendations in Practical Paleo (how cool to read about the benefits of L-glutamine supplementation from such a reliable source just one week after I started! And as a quick aside, if you haven’t ordered this book yet, I highly recommend that you do!).
What have I noticed so far? My sleep has been fabulous. Even when my kids get me up at night, I seem to slip back into a deep sleep very easily. I have had far less muscle soreness after particularly challenging yoga classes. It does seem to help sugar cravings if I take a dose right when I’m starting to look around the house for something sweet to eat that won’t irritate my digestion too much (tough on the Autoimmune Protocol!). And, I have had higher carbohydrate meals in the last week (stress plus displacement from my home), which normally causes horrible bloating and constipation, and was absolutely fine afterward, no ill effects to my digestion whatsoever. Now, I have to admit that this experiment overlaps with my no coffee experiment. So, now I have to evaluate if any of the benefits I am seeing is actually due to my avoidance of coffee (and this is why I always advise changing one thing at a time!). My plan is to reintroduce coffee while keeping up with the L-glutamine supplements and see how I do (late next week some time I think).