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Treating Addictions Naturally
A great deal of research has shown that individuals suffering dependancy often suffer from a range of metabolic disorders such as hypoglycemia, hypoadrenia, hypothyrodism, vitamin B deficiency, mineral deficiency, liver malfunction and depression. Other health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and candida albicans are also common among drug addicts and alcoholics. When detoxing from an addiction, many people take up a different addiction such as sugar or caffeine, and this can be a case of the body trying to correct an underlying metabolic disorder itself.
The road to recovery will certainly be helped through excellent nutritional support and theCore Regime would provide a solid foundation when trying to combat addictions whether you are detoxing from nicotine, prescription or recreational drugs. By addressing overall health in a holistic manner, the journey out of addiction can be made easier. As with any one in poor health, introducing at least some raw food elements to the body would be considered essential, please see our Dietary Guidelines for more information.
Addictive substances are poisons and the body has to draw upon it's nutrient reserves to try and deal with the substance. The immune system and internal organs such as the kidneys and liver will be damaged through the use of any type of substance, and these require the correct nutrients for healing to occur. This is all compounded by the fact that addicted persons often neglect a proper diet, resulting in severe nutritional deficiencies from all of these factors. So the person is left with systemic organ and immune damage and a severely depleted nutritional status.
Also, residual by-products of the toxic drugs can become trapped in organs and tissues, when these are successfully eliminated then cravings and tendency to return to the habit are greatly reduced. Products such as Seagreens and or Barley Grass (more below)can help to eliminate these toxins
At the very least, selecting key products from the Core Regime will provide essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements that strengthen the system on every level. By helping to detoxify, rebuild the immune system and nourish the nervous system the process will be made easier for the mind and body. Capra Mineral Whey from the Core Regime, or Molasses from your local health food store will provide bulk amounts of essential minerals.
Barley Grass is a nutritious, alkaline powder made from young barley grass juice; contains perhaps the most balanced nutrient profile of all green plants with a natural balance and abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, proteins, active enzymes and chlorophyll, it is an exceptional superfood. Gentle, yet cleansing and detoxifying, this provides broad spectrum nutritional support - try to build up to between 2 and 4 dessertspoons per day.
Zell Oxygen (or Immunocomplex) is part of the Core Regime and is an essential supplement; it will provide valuable support for your body whilst going through a detoxification programme. Zell is healing for the nervous system and will help to alleviate any possible anxiety felt during a withdrawl period. Rich in all B Vitamins which are particularly important during substance withdrawl. Also rich in A, E, D, K, beta carotene, minerals, trace elements, and amino acids such as Methionine, Gluthathione and Cysteine. Followed by Co enzyme A and Co enzyme Q 10 and a number of other enzymes. As well as these essential building nutrients, Zell Oxygen will help the liver and the process of cellular detox
Ionic Minerals - many of us are sorely lacking in the essential trace minerals and elements provided by healthy salts, this is particularly true of someone who has neglected their overall nutrition for a period of time. Full spectrum salts help to hydrate the body and balance mood and energy, during a period of detoxification, Ionic minerals would be considered essential.
Most substances, in particular smoking reduce Vitamin C - vital for good health, so a food state supplement in the form of Acerola Cherry Capsules would certainly be helpful. The body cannot manufacture Vitamin C - it must be obtained from the diet or supplements. Vitamin C in foods works in combination with many phytonutrients such as different types of bioflavonoids, flavenols and a broad range of anti-oxidants; taking an isolated extract of pure vitamin C will not reap the same benefits. To state we need a certain amount of vitamin C daily for optimum health can be confusing and misleading. Taking a refined source of pure vitamin C without its natural co-factors has a tendency to leach minerals from the system.
In many people, the liver is an overworked organ reducing it's ability to detoxify the blood and other vital functions, overuse of alcohol will in particualr damage the liver, in which case, MSM provides sulphur essential for healthy liver function try a level teaspoon a day, and the efficacy of Milk Thistle for liver health has been supported by numerous studies.
Some people find Noni a very valuable, natural tool, it is certainly worth experimenting with to see if it is a remedy that suits you. A doctor's wife who had tried every conceivable method to stop smoking, with no success. After just two weeks of taking Noni she was able to stop smoking and has remained a non smoker since. People addicted to drugs such as alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin, have been able to give up their addiction with the help of noni. It contains a substance called proxeronine, the body converts this into an alkaloid called xeronine, a critical biochemical compound involved in a wide range of normal human biochemical reactions. From over 10,000 people using noni supplements 8,327 (92%) reported significantly more energy, and 72% reported greater alertness, and clarity of mind. Noni also offers many other additional health benefits.
In Chinese medicine, addiction is seen as a form of disturbed Shen. Humans have the capacity to become dependant upon certain activities, modes of thinking or behavior. For at least two millenia, herbal medicine has been used to overcome dependancy; and one of the most popular herbs for this purpose is Reishi Mushroom due to it's adaptogenic and Shen developing qualities.
Miracle II has been used to help manage a variety of addictions, simply add 7-10 drops to a glass of water and sip at intervals to help with cravings. This natural product contains energised, stabilised, oxygenated water with minerals and energy beyond scientific measurement. It detoxifys the body at a cellular level, aids cellular hydration and probably also nutrient and gaseous exchange into, and waste chemicals out of the cell.