Nutrition

Resources on this page apply primarily to nutrition through diet and natural supplements. Browse books, links and videos.

Nutrition plays a role in how we feel every minute of every day whether we’re in recovery or not.  There is a saying that food is either medicine or poison, that may be a little extreme but it is helpful when you’re deciding what you’re about to put into your body.  Start with common sense.  We don’t need to do very much research to know the basics about whether what we’re eating is good for us or not. Increasing the amount of natural nutrient rich foods in your diet will make a difference.  Drastically reducing the amount of processed low nutrient food will make a HUGE difference.  This is the best place to start, with the obvious, then look through the resources here for more information.

Drinking enough water is one of the easiest things you can do right now to start feeling better.  So often we mistake thirst for hunger or try to quench our thirst with caffeine which tends to dehydrate us even further.  Headaches and low energy levels are two common symptoms of inadequate hydration.  Here’s water calculator from About.com for general guidelines by weight.  Check out the post on this site about water or click on the following link for an article from NaturoDoc.com about proper water intake.

Supplementation is another way to improve the way you feel naturally. Omega 3 and B vitamins are just two of the supplements often used for natural mood enhancement.  Chamomille and valerian are just a couple of the options for calming the system.  The proper usage and dosage of vitamins and herbal supplements is important so do some research and consult your doctor when in doubt.

Mercola.com is one of my personal favorite sites for nutrition and supplements. Sign up for Dr. Mercola’s newletter to stay motivated and informed.

David Wolfe is another health guru who has inspired me to pay attention to what I eat.  Also check out longevitywarehouse.com for more products that he endorses.

ABC Homeopathy provides free online homeopathic remedy finder which includes the full Kent’s Repertory, a database of 650 homeopathic remedies and 64,000 symptom descriptions and general information on homeopathy.

Healthy.net has an excellent article on diet and supplementation for addiction recovery.  This is a link for that article but check out their home page for natural healing remedies of all kinds.

RadiantRecovery.com  charts the relationship between sugar addiction and alcoholism. It includes resources related to substances addiction plus an online program to help people deal with sugar addiction. Kathleen DesMaisons, PhD. includes online programs and books that also relate to weightloss and depression.

Withdrawal-Ease.com is the only site I personally know of with an all natural supplement that has been specifically engineered for opiate (pain killer) withdrawal symptoms. Their site also has a free withdrawal survival guide and other helpful information.

AMINO ACID NUTRITION THERAPY

Supplemental Ingredient
Restored Brain Chemical
Addictive Substance Abuse
Amino Acid Deficiency Symptoms
Expected Behavior Change
D-Phenylalanine or DL-Phenylalanine Enkephalins Endorphins Heroin, Alcohol, Marijuana, Sweets, Starches, Chocolate, Tobacco Most Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) conditions sensitive to physical or emotional pain. Crave comfort and pleasure. Desire certain food or drugs. Reward stimulation. Anti-craving. Mild anti-depression. Mild improved energy and focus. D-Phenylalanine promotes pain relief, increases pleasure.
L-Phenylalanine or L-Tyrosine Norepinephrine   Dopamine Caffeine, Speed, Cocaine, Marijuana,  Aspartame, Chocolate, Alcohol, Tobacco, Sweets, Starches Most Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS)  conditions. Depression, low energy. Lack of focus and  concentration. Attention-deficit disorder. Reward stimulation. Anti-craving. Anti-depression.  Increased energy. Improved mental focus.
L-Tryptophan or 5 hydroxytryptophan  (5HTP) Serotonin Sweets, Alcohol, Starch, Ecstasy, Marijuana,  Chocolate, Tobacco Low self-esteem. Obsessive/compulsive  behaviors. Irritability or rage. Sleep problems. Afternoon  or evening cravings. Negativity. Heat intolerance. Fibromyalgia,  SAD (winter blues). Anti-craving. Anti-depression. Anti-insomnia.  Improved appetite control. Improvement in all mood and  other serotonin deficiency symptoms.
GABA (Gamma-amino butyric acid) GABA Valium, Alcohol, Marijuana, Tobacco,  Sweets, Starches Feeling of being stressed-out. Nervous.  Tense muscles. Trouble relaxing. Promotes calmness. Promotes relaxation.
L-Glutamine GABA (mild enhancement)   Fuel source for entire brain Sweets, Starches, Alcohol Stress. Mood swings. Hypoglycemia. Anti-craving, anti-stress. Levels blood  sugar and mood. GABA (mild enhancement). Fuel source for  entire brain.
Note: To assist in amino-acid  nutritional therapy, the use of a multi-vitamin/mineral  formula is recommended. Many vitamins and minerals serve  as co-factors in neurotransmitter synthesis. They also  serve to restore general balance, vitality and well-being  to the Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RSD) patient who typically  is in a state of poor nutritional health (see paragraph  above chart for explanation of RSD).

This chart was taken from the addictionrecoveryguide.org and originally published in the following article.   Blum K, Ross J, Reuben C, Gastelu D, Miller DK.  “Nutritional  Gene Therapy: Natural Healing in Recovery.  Counselor Magazine, January/February, 2001

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