Over The Dose

If you regularly take any drugs, prescription or street drugs, it is essential to take a good Multi-vitamin with Minerals, Anti-oxidants, Vitamin B complex and Essential Fatty Acids.
Everyone experiences moments or periods of indulgence, particularly on weekends, special celebratory days or holidays. Indulgence is a sensual word, bringing to mind luxury, a bit of naughtiness and pleasure.  But indulgences can have more severe consequences than not feeling quite yourself the next day.

We live in an instant gratification world where self-indulgence isn’t frowned upon, it’s actually encouraged. There’s a bohemian-like delinquency to this type of behaviour and it even extends to the type of medicines we take on a daily basis, like anti-depressants or even antacids. Drug abuse involves not only illegal drugs but drugs sold over the counter and misuse of prescription drugs. You may have a health condition that requires you to take a prescription drug with harmful side effects like Cortisone. In this case make sure you eat properly, and take Vitamins and supplements to protect your body against the side effects. Whether by choice, for recreational purposes or because of an addiction, if you are taking drugs there will be consequences.
 
DID YOU KNOW:
Use of addictive drugs such as
 cocaine
marijuanaand nicotine, affects food and liquid intake behaviour, taste preference, and body weight?
Most people are aware of the consequences of indulgence – from headaches and nausea to weight gain and bad skin. But it’s not commonly known that some substances cause your body to become depleted of other substances important for wellbeing. It is important to acknowledge the risk factors and if you feel in danger of addiction to check your family for a history of addiction. 
Before you give in to a craving, take a moment to consider what also happens when you indulge in these common, albeit somewhat taboo substances:

ALCOHOL
Regular over-indulgence in alcohol can create a thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency and this can lead to what’s known as Korsakoff's syndrome, the symptoms of which include apathy, lack of muscle coordination, coma, confusion, paralysis of eye muscles, amnesia, tremor and lack of insight into your state of mind and behaviour. Additionally, alcohol can contribute to a deficiency in pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), folic acid and glutathione. Because alcohol is also damaging to your liver and pancreas, both of which are involved in metabolism and nutrition, an imbalance of fluid, calories, protein and electrolytes is also caused.

TIP:Hydrate well for at least a day before indulging in alcohol and if you drink regularly, be sure to supplement with a B-complex
 
DID YOU KNOW? Research has uncovered a third substance that is created in your liver when cocaine and alcohol is taken at the same time – cocaethylene enhances cocaine’s euphoric effects, but is linked to a greater risk of sudden death.  
 
OPIATES
Opiates include substances such as codeine, heroin and morphine. They have an effect on your gastrointestinal system and a common symptom of abuse is constipation. Withdrawal leads to diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting which can cause an imbalance of electrolytes such as sodium (causing confusion, fatigue weakness), potassium (muscle weakness, spasms and cramps) and chloride (dehydration, muscle weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite). Dopamine and serotonin are also affected and depleted. Heroin use can lead to elevated levels of potassium, which can lead to severe kidney damage. Morphine addiction results in calcium deficiency.

TIP:Vitamin D decelerates morphine dependency

STIMULANTS
These include crack, cocaine and methamphetamine and ecstasy (MDNA). Stimulants induce serotonin and dopamine production, in fact cocaine stops your brain recycling dopamine so stores of it are upped and this is what causes the euphoria experienced. But, your brain quickly gets used to this and can be re-wired permanently, meaning your reward centres go out of whack. Generally, such stimulants cause you to stay up for days at a time and the lack of sleep is disastrous. They also reduce your appetite, but that can lead to poor nutrition and dehydration, causing electrolyte imbalances. Memory problems are common and may be permanent if you are a long-time stimulant user. Cocaine restricts blood flow and if you ingest it, it can cause bowel gangrene. MDNA also suppresses vasopressin, which is an antidiuretic hormone and this causes water intoxication (a severe depletion in sodium levels causes excess water to enter cells, making them swell – this is particularly dangerous in terms of brains cells due to the constraints of your skull). Cocaine, Coca and Crack effect the brain, heart, lungs and kidneys. They also increase blood pressure and heart rate which can lead to an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). When addicted to any of these substances professional rehabilitation which includes a multi level programme of nutrition, diet, exercise and lifestyle is important.
 
TIP:If you’re looking for a boost or a high, rather indulge in bungee jumping, or attend a laughter workshop – or you can supplement with thianine (an amino acid found in green tea). Tyrosine and phenylalaline are also amino acids that play a role in enhancing dopamine production

MARIJUANA
Smoking marijuana causes a surge in serotonin levels initially, but then leads to depletion in this vital mood chemical. The oily toxins (cannabinols) in dope are broken down slowly by your body because they are fat soluble and are stored in your cells (including your brain). These toxins can stay in your body for months or even years. They’re released into your system during certain activities (such as exercise) and you experience a hint of what was and craving begins. An effective detox programme is essential to rid your body of all marijuana’s toxins completely. Marijuana also increases appetite and you’re more likely to reach for calorie rich, nutrient poor food.
 
DID YOU KNOW? Many people who are drug or alcohol dependant are in a constant state of dehydration. This in turn creates a deficiency in minerals such as sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium iron, zinc, copper, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, iodine and fluoride.
 
Cravings can be controlled by minerals like Chromium. A high potency Vitamin B complex will reduce stress, whilst a smart Multi-vitamin (like PhytoMulti from Metagenics)  and Omega 3’s ( Essential Fatty Acids) will support all body functions. Vitamin C is very important as even cigarette smoking destroys Vitamin C.
 
 

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