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Nutritional Support

that Helps to Heal the Body and Brain

Anxiety, irritability, anger, rage, cravings (sugar, food, alcohol), fatigue, and extreme hunger during withdrawal are linked to blood sugar fluctuations and nutrient depletion.

  • Scheduling 5 small, protein-rich meals each day, and having protein snacks on hand can help to keep blood sugar level.
  • There are many plant-based (non-soy, non-dairy, non-meat) sources of protein.
  • Avoid soy protein as it affects hormones.
  • Try to cut out sugar, dairy, sweeteners, alcohol, simple carbohydrates and anything that converts directly to sugar when digested. (Good carbs are found in products made from whole wheat and cereals, vegetables and fruits.) Nicotine causes rapid spikes and dips in blood sugar, too. Try not to smoke.

The Connection Between Mental Health, Diet, Nutrition and Gut Health

  • Diet, nutrition, and chronic systemic inflammation are linked to health and mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, and even schizophrenia. Below are links to articles that discuss this promising way to naturally address these conditions. Read more

Antidepressant-induced nutrient depletion:

"The medication causes the body to lose valuable nutrients. The medical name for this is 'drug induced nutrient depletion'. Prime examples are potassium loss from diuretics and co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) depletion from statins (cholesterol medications). Psychiatric medications deplete selenium, melatonin, B vitamins, glutathione (the master antioxidant) and other nutrients.

The knowledge that many drugs lead to nutritional deficiencies has been documented by a vast number of studies over the last three decades. It was shown conclusively that drugs deplete by both interfering with proper absorption and by inhibiting the transport of vitamins and minerals throughout the body. This depletion may impair system metabolism, and most people are unaware that they may become severely deficient.

Regardless of the addictive drug ingested and rapidly withdrawn, protracted withdrawal symptoms can occur. Healing from protracted withdrawal does not just include the elimination of the drug from the body, but also involves the repair and healing of the neurotransmitters.

Proper nutrition, hydration, proper supplementation, exercise and sleep can dramatically shorten the time for healing and recovery. Drug-induced nutrient deficiencies are not the only source of people's medical problems, but they can certainly compound symptoms." Ann Blake-Tracy

The real truth: antidepressants actually deplete these 3 crucial nutrients for the brain

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Hippocrates ~ "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."



  • Alcohol
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Caffeine
  • Corn
  • Corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup
  • *Dairy
  • Fast food
  • Foods labeled "natural" or "fat free and sugar free"
  • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Gluten
  • Nicotine
  • Nightshades (white potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant)
  • *Red Meat
  • Refined foods
  • Simple carbohydrates
  • Soy
  • Sugars
  • Trans fats

*An explanation of why red meat and dairy should be eliminated or limited from our page "Anti-Inflammatory, Pain-Fighting Diet (a lifestyle choice)"


Clean Eating Guidelines: Not a diet, but a lifestyle choice.

"Eating clean doesn't mean not eating. You eat as much food as you need to be healthy and have the energy to fuel your workouts and any other activities. People often equate clean eating with sacrifice, but it's actually about finding healthy alternatives to unhealthy food. Also remember that as you clean up your eating habits, your tastes change and you get to the point where you actually crave healthy food. Sounds crazy, but it's true." 

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From one of our Admins: Karina Siegenfeldt Nissen

And my very inexpensive turmeric drink...

I take this every day 4 to 6 times with pepper and coconut oil


  • 2 liters of water
  • 200 grams of ginger
  • 2 organic lemons
  • 2 tbsp. cane sugar

(possibly 3-4 cm turmeric which gives the beautiful color and is very healthy including the substance curcumin).


  • Peel the ginger and cut into slices
  • Cut whole lemons into slices (must be organic lemons).
  • Water, ginger, lemon (and possibly turmeric ) and sugar are boiled for 45 minutes.
  • Let sit and cool.

Drink 2-4 oz. per day for the anti-inflammatory effect.


Movies and More

  • Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
    "Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path - including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables - that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health."
  • Forks Over Knives
    "The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods." http://www.forksoverknives.com
  • A great article- http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626
  • Omega 3 supplementation has been reported to help many. If someone eats fish that has a lot of natural oil such as salmon then supplements may not even be necessary. One brand is Nordic Naturals - Ultimate Omega. The bottle indicates a normal dose is 1280 mgs with a EPA of 650 mgs DHA 450 mgs and 180 mgs of "other Omega 3. This is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Ideally each person should be tested for nutrient deficiencies as there is no one-size-fits-all and it can be a waste of money as supplements are expensive. The Nordic Naturals is lemon flavored and many find it has no fish burp taste.
  • There are a lot of different kinds of magnesium. They all have different purposes and will affect different people differently. This chart from the magnesium group is a good guide. But there are no set rules. It is something that needs to be tailored to individual need and it may take some time to "test" and see if it is of benefit. Age, gender, ethnicity and region are also important factors.  Kelly Brogan, M.D. and Joe Rogan have a Youtube video where this was discussed.

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