Nutritional Rehab for Addictions
When working with addictions, its important to consider approaching every aspect of recovery. Somehow implementation of amino acids , vitamins and nutrition into the recovery are often overlooked.
Amino acids serves as the building blocks for powerful chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters, including epinephrine and norepinephrine, GABA, serotonin and dopamine, are closely tied to addiction behavior. With the use of various amino acids, brain chemistry can be changed to help normalize and restore deficiencies in the neurotransmitters that spur cravings that can lead to addiction and relapse.
Detoxing from this drugs leaves brain and body empty. The body badly crave some form of artificial stimulation to keep going , so clients turn to coffee, tobacco, sugar, all of which will deplete the body even further after giving bursts of relief.
I put some information together for you so you can have the understanding of what is out there. However, this post is not a medical advise.
Lets start with some minerals and vitamins.
The minerals Calcium (bone building, brain neuro transmitter function ), Magnesium (protects from conditions associated with insomnia, depression, stress, anxiety, anger, heart attack, low blood sugar, chronic fatigue, etc) and vitamin D are inseparable mates. Usually their levels are suboptimal in all sex and age groups, except adolescent males.
When the body gets its vitamin D, it turns it into a hormone (“activated vitamin D” or “calcitriol.”). It regulates the adrenals, the thyroid and calcium, among other things.
Vitamin B complex (brain requires Vitamin B – B12, B6) for repair and permanent maintenance of proper brain neuro transmitters and adrenal function. Stress caused it quick depletion. Coenzymate form of the vitamin B is the most efficient. (Coenzymated B Complex Sublingual Orange)
Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids (referred to as "nature's biological response modifiers" - modify body's reaction to compounds such as allergens, viruses, and carcinogens. powerful antioxidants by giving protection versus oxidative and free radical damage. )
In nature they are always combined : work best together as antioxidants to help prevent stress and burnout. (General recommended dose is 2.000 – 3.000 mgper day)
When it comes to amino acids, I like to see them all in one pill. Few years ago I came across the supplement called Relaxedin.
Relaxedin is a natural herbal supplement, relieve feelings of anxiety, stress, panic attacks and depressive mood.
Contains following ingredients: St.John’s Wort; Passion Flower; L-Theanine; L-Tyrosine; GABA; 5-HTP; Magnesium; Folic Acid; Vitamin D3; Vitamin B6, B12.
The use of St. John's Wort as a herbal remedy to treat a variety of internal and external ailments dates back to the time of the ancient Greeks. The effectiveness of SJW as an antidepression agent is particularly well studied, and the underlying mechanisms are well understood. It is also used for conditions like anxiety and sleep disorder. Latest studies revealed it's strong anti-inflamatory and anti-oxidant qualities.
Passionflower is a well researched herb with a long history in traditional and homeopathic medicine. It is known to relieve symptoms of anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, hyperactivity as well as high blood pressure.
An amino acid contained in green tea leaves which is known to block the binding of l-glutamic acid to glutamate receptors in the brain. L-Theanine helps to reduce level of stress and relaxes your brain by increasing alpha wave activity. It effectively reduces both, mental and physical stress and helps to boost your immune system.
An amino acid and building block for protein and several important brain neurotransmitters, including epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. It helps to prevent a decline in cognitive function in response to physical stress.
GABA is a neurotransmitter that blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain and regulates neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. Sufficient level of GABA helps to reduce anxiety and improve your mood.
5-HTP is an amino acid that raises levels of serotonin in the brain. It helps to treat a wide variety of conditions related to low serotonin levels, including depression, anxiety and insomnia.
Magnesium is a mineral that's crucial to the body's function. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include fatigue, weakness, anxiety and ADHD.
The synthetic form of folate (vitamin B9). Folate deficiency is common among depressed people, especially those who don't respond to antidepressants. Folic acid is used for number of conditions, including memory loss, sleep problems and depression.
Several scientific studies showed a significant association between low vitamin D levels and various mood disorders and demonstrated clinical benefits of Vitamin D3 for the relief of depression symptoms.
An essential component for immune and nervous systems, it plays a major role in making proteins, hormones, and neurotransmitters.
Plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, helps coordination of immune system, boosting mood and energy. B12 deficiency can cause symptoms of anxiety, panic or depression.
Supplements are generally safe and will make a huge difference in your recovery. It is worth contacting your primary care doctor to ensure that you have no contraindications.