Effective, Life Changing Nutrition
We're a nation of addicts to be sure. Whether it's coffee, caffeine, sugar, or even the Internet, we're
hooked. But alcohol seems to be everywhere we look. Ordering a drink with dinner or checking out the best
happy hour menus in town is the new norm.
In fact, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism, in 2014, 71 percent of people reported having had
a drink during the past year and 56.9 percent during the past
But for some, "5 o'clock somewhere" turns into a life-threatening
problem and the serious issue of alcoholism
presents itself. A truly upsetting statistic from the Center for
Disease Control and Prevention found that approximately
88,000 people each year die from excessive alcohol use. That
number should be zero.
Any program focusing on helping people recover from
alcoholism and regain their life merits respect. However,
many of these programs focus solely on the emotional and
psychological aspects of alcoholism. While these are certainly
important, it's missing the sizeable portion of the puzzle that is
the biochemical roots of this addictive behavior and providing a
true detox—both mentally and physically.
Don't Trade One Addition For Another
When nutrition is overlooked on the road to recovery, one
addiction might be swapped in for the previous. For instance,
you could begin to have a soda in place of an alcoholic drink,
quickly becoming addicted to caffeine and creating the habit
of reaching for a lesser evil—soda—instead of creating new,
In this situation, though you no longer drink alcohol, your
body chemistry is still totally out of whack. Cravings for alcohol
and the resulting mood swings and depression are likely to
remain. In truth, you can claim to have overcome addiction
only when you are no longer dependent upon ANY harmful
Real recovery is about nourishing your body, freeing it from
dependency upon drugs and other damaging substances—
including sugar and caffeine—that can be addictive.
The negative mental state that gives rise to chemical
dependency is itself brought on largely by nutritional deficiency,
which is then deepened with drugs. Drug therapy for drug
addiction may mask symptoms, but it doesn't correct their
Restoring And Recovering
An amazingly effective approach to drug and alcohol
rehabilitation centers around, you guessed it—nutrition.
Specifically chosen vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs,
along with a balanced, wholesome diet sets a path to long term
Coupled with addiction counseling, this is a healing holistic
protocol that helps ease withdrawal symptoms and eliminate
cravings. Using nutrition as a key to take back charge of your life can help you or a loved one kick the habit, whether
the addictive substance is alcohol, nicotine, sugar, caffeine,
prescription drugs, heroin or crystal meth.
There are many substances that can help break addiction.
Your Healthy Road
Below are my suggestions for the most effective program. Do
note that since there are over ten nutrient suggestions, you may
wish to select those that are most appropriate for your condition
and symptoms that you exhibit.
High Protein, High Fat Diet
First and foremost, choose a high protein/high fat diet
combined with specific amino acids that help to repair nerve synapse damage and provide a natural energy
boost. Paleo, ketogenic and Fat Flush, we're
looking at you!
This approach is designed to increase
blood and oxygen supply to the brain,
stabilize blood sugar, and provide antioxidant
Eliminate all sugars, soft drinks,
processed carbs and reduce fruit consumption
to two servings of low-fructose fruits per day
Engage in 30 to 40 minutes daily to properly
oxygenate the system with a combination
that includes weight-bearing, stretching and
Although I recommend that caffeine in
the form of coffee drinking be relegated to
one to two cups daily, I do recommend the
use of coffee for a coffee enema to detoxify
the body. The caffeine in the coffee stimulates
the liver and colon and, absorbed into the
portal system, coffee can help flush out the
bile in the liver, lightening its toxic load.
The same results are not achieved by
drinking coffee, due to chemical changes that
occur in the stomach. To prepare the enema,
boil four heaping tablespoons of ground
coffee in two cups of water for ten minutes.
Dilute with cold water to make 1½ to 2 quarts,
and adjust the temperature as needed. Pour
into an enema bag.
In addition to a daily multi-vitamin and
mineral supplement, also focusing on the
following elements will supply the basis for
rebuilding an exhausted but over-stimulated
Adrenal extract combats adrenal exhaustion caused by drugs,
medications, caffeine, and alcohol. This kind of exhaustion is
characterized by low blood sugar, fatigue, lethargy, depression,
irritability, inability to concentrate, weakness, and poor appetite.
I like a product that contains at least 30–100 mg of adrenal
A yeast-free methylated B complex vitamin contains a team
that works together to help combat depression, fatigue, and
weakness, and to defend the body against the ravages of stress.
I like at least 50 mg once or twice per day to help rebuild the
Dimethylglycine (DMG) is an amino acid derivative that
improves oxygen utilization at the cellular level, combats
fatigue, and increase endurance. Start with 250 to 500 mg daily
in the morning.
Gotu kola is an herb that has sedative properties. It's also a
tonic herb that can strengthen and energize the brain. Research
recommends 50 to 250 mg per day.
L-Cysteine, a sulfur-containing amino acid, helps destroy
harmful chemicals in the body, such as acetylaldehyde and the
free radicals produced by smoking, drinking, and the body's
everyday metabolic processes. It protects the body against the
effects of radiation, heavy metals, and other harmful substances.
I recommend 600 mg daily.
L-Glutamine is the only amino acid substance, other than glucose,
that can serve as fuel for the brain. This amino acid helps improve
intelligence, fight fatigue and depression, and control cravings
for sugar and alcohol. Can be taken between meals as instant
brain fuel or before meals for instant energy. I like three grams of
L-Glutamine power at least three times per day.
Lecithin is a nutrient derived from non-GMO soy that contains
choline from which the neurotransmitter acetylcholine is
derived. Acetylcholine is responsible for nerve transmission,
and it regulates the activity of the muscles, and is required
for memory, appetite, sexual behavior, and the ability to sleep.
I suggest two TBSP of powdered lecithin granules per day in
smoothies or sprinkled on salads.
Magnesium helps eliminate muscle cramping and twitching.
It is known to be a natural tranquilizer and muscle relaxant. I
suggest 400 to 1200 mg magnesium per day.
Passiflora (passionflower) is sedative herb. One type of
passionflower—Giant Granadilla—has been found to contain
serotonin. It helps to calm the body by promoting transmission
of subtle nerve impulses, and is useful in combating insomnia,
nervous tension, fatigue, and muscle spasms. I suggest 90 mg
The amino acid phenylalanine is a precursor of tyrosine. It
creates a natural feeling of wellbeing, aids in overcoming
depression, increases mental alertness, improves memory, and
helps suppress appetite. 500 to 1500 mg three times a day is the
ideal amount especially for pain control.
The mineral selenium is an antioxidant that protects against
free radicals. Its presence is required to activate vitamin E. Take
250 mcg daily.
Tryptophan helps to offset depression by increasing levels of
the neurotransmitter serotonin. It has an anti-anxiety effect and
helps combat insomnia. 5HTP is the precursor to tryptophan
and 400 mg can be taken once daily before bed.
Tyrosine is an amino acid that's derived from phenylalanine,
and is involved in the manufacture of adrenaline, noradrenaline,
dopamine, and thyroid hormones. It also helps overcome
depression, increase mental alertness, and improve memory.
In a cocaine-detoxification program conducted at Columbia
University in New York, investigators reported that 75 to 80
percent of those treated with tyrosine were able to stop cocaine
use completely or decrease their use by at least 50 percent. I
suggest up to 1,000 mg a day.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that offsets free-radical
damage and helps preserve the antioxidant nutrient vitamin
E. It plays a key role in the production of neurotransmitters in
the brain, helps soothe anxiety and insomnia, and supports the
adrenal glands. I suggest 3 g of time-released vitamin C daily.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that facilitates oxygen
utilization, calms the nervous system, and restores function of
a damaged liver. The recommended daily dosage is 400 IU.
Keep in mind that one size doesn't fit all. The bottom line is
that it's imperative that you couple addiction counseling with
a healing diet and supplements to restore your body, mind and