GOOD NUTRITION DURING WITHDRAWAL from habit-forming medications is vital to safely and effectively come off the medications. Proper nutrition can help optimize and/or regulate some of the following:
1. NEUROTRANSMISSION. Your metabolism and other functions depend on signals from nerves. These in turn depend on chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. Nutritional support to help restore healthy neurotransmission is a vital part of withdrawing from such medication. A deficiency in a neurotransmitter can cause feelings of anxiety, depression, agitation or a host of other symptoms.
2. INFLAMMATION. Feelings of depression and inflammation have been closely linked according to medical research. This type of low-grade inflammation—called chronic inflammation—is often undetected because it falls below the radar of pain and visible swelling. In the brain, such inflammation can affect the signalling between brain cells, which is why it can be so disruptive.
3. ENERGY. Strength and stamina are vital for physical and mental well-being. During stress, energy metabolism is changed not only in muscles but also in the brain. Withdrawing from a habit-forming medications adds another element of stress to the system. Appropriate nutrition can help stimulate cellular energy production.
4. SLEEP. The body repairs and rejuvenates itself during sleep, especially immune, and muscular nervous systems. Muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis, and release of growth hormones take place only during sleep. Some rejuvenating aspects of sleep are specific to the brain and cognitive function. Restful sleep is critical for a successful withdrawal from habit-forming medications.
ADDITIONAL NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT may be needed, especially if you are taking multiple medications or your withdrawal symptoms are more severe. Your care team will build a personalized plan that works for you.