Foods and Herbs to Overcoming Addiction Naturally & those to Avoid – Part 2

Foods and Herbs to overcome addiction naturally

(continued – for part 1 on a psychological and spiritual approach click here)

Foods to Avoid:

– Sugar: Studies show how sugar has very similar effects on a person’s mood as drugs do. In the video below Dr. Lustig talks about how sugar has the same effects as drugs and should be regulated especially in schools.

See the short version of this video
Keep in mind white carbohydrates and flour such as pasta, cereal, and breads (wheat and white) turn to sugar after eating them.

– Avoid Processed foods – researchers in London found that eating a diet of processed foods increased the risk for depression. The study found that people who mainly ate fried food, processed meat, pasteurized dairy products and sugary desserts had a 58 percent higher risk of depression than those who eat healthy foods.

– Avoid Genetically modified foods (GMO) and any foods containing GMO’s in them.

– Avoid table salt – Table salt is known to raise a person’s blood pressure. Instead use Himalayan salt because it’s loaded with natural minerals that will nourish your body. Always avoid table salt and processed salts because they’re basically poison, processed with bleach and often filled with other chemical additives.

Drinks to Avoid:

Avoid soda, energy drinks (especially Gatorade, redbull, monster etc), fruit juices, and coffee. Instead drink plenty of water. Similar to sugar, caffeine is a stimulant and will get your the heart rate up.
Although drinking alcohol seems to have a calming effect short term, it dehydrates the body, and raises heart rate and blood pressure, leaving us feeling more anxious than ever, therefore alcohol should be avoided especially for those prone to addiction.

HELPFUL Foods/Herbs/Supplements:

I think what you eat is crucial to overcoming addictions and companionship and connection are even more. Check out this video I’ve seen on why and see foods to eat next.


Foods To Eat:

Many nutritionist, such as David Getoff, and Dr. Mercola suggest foods high in animal fat. Natural and organic animal fat aid in giving the brain nutrients it needs to heal. That means grass-fed, organic beef and free-range organic chicken, eggs from pastured organic hens. If they are not those types of organic fat, but conventional, they are filled with hormones, pesticides and other unnatural compounds that will make your circumstance worse. Also suggested to eat are organic vegetables and nuts.

If binge or boredom eating is something you deal with see my blog here for 7 foods that can help stop this.

Here are a few foods that have actually been proven to lower stress levels:

Here are a few foods that have actually been proven to lower stress levels:
1) Blueberries: The high potency of antioxidants in these berries counteracts the production of cortisol, the number one chemical that is released during a stressful time.
2) Acacia berries: This superfood that should not be ignored. The acacia berry has phytonutrients that have been shown to enhance your mood. They have additional health benefits, such as leveling your blood sugar which therefore reduces sugar cravings.
3) Cacao: Raw cacao is the ingredient found in chocolate. It is high in flavonoids. Flavonoids are potent with relaxation properties. It also contains phenethylamine, a chemical that enhances mood. You can add raw cacao to your smoothies, your macaroons or you can get the nutrients by eating a dark chocolate bar. The darker the chocolate, the more of these substances you are getting. Generally, opt for bars with 70% cacao or higher.
Alive and Aware Certified Organic Raw Cacao Nibs – 16oz/1 Pound

4) Maca root: Maca root is a powder made from a Peruvian root and can be found in certain supplements and drink mixes. Maca root, in its unprocessed form, contains a phytonutrient that helps ward off anxiety and depression. Some studies have found that maca root is just as useful at fighting depression as prescription antidepressants, since it contains so many mood enhancing nutrients. Another plus is that maca root is natural and does not have as many of the risks and side effects prescription anxiety medication. Maca root powder can be made into a tea or sprinkled over other foods to give you the maximum health benefits. You actually need very little—I add half a teaspoon to my smoothies.
HealthWorks-Wild Organic Peruvian Maca Root Powder Wildcrafted Raw Superfood 1 Lb

5) Spinach: This lean, green leaf is high in magnesium, improves your body’s overall response to stress and stops your blood pressure from spiking.
6) Walnuts: It has been shown that eating at least one ounce of walnuts a day can prevent your blood pressure from rising and keep your anxiety levels in check. If you tend to have higher levels of adrenaline and anxiety, make sure you get some of these delicious nuts into your diet so you’re not make your heart work more than it needs to. Walnuts can be a great addition to any salad or salad dressing.


In the articles cited below, Nutritionist David Getoff, Dr. Mercola and Dr. Amen and others recommend these supplements as helpful to those suffering from anxiety and depression. See my blog here on how gut bacteria effects your mood and mental health. The ones I recommend have the highest quality organic (& non-GMO) ingredients and no vitamin toxins. I personally take all of these below except Passion Flower on a regular basis, not for anxiety but for the many other benefits they provide.

Herbs to overcome addiction naturally

Supplement – Probiotic – There are two probiotics that I have found to be the most beneficial. Because they contain different strains of good bacteria I switch between the two. Neither need to be refrigerated.

Complete Probiotics by Mercola – 60 capsules

(see links below as per why Probiotics are beneficial)

Herb – Turmeric

Organic India Turmeric, 90-Count

(See links in sources below as to why Turmeric is helpful)



(Fish Oil) – Carlson’s Cod Liver Oil

(Benefits of omega 3’s, EPA and DHA, fish oil for anxiety and depression –


Vitamin B-12 (Spray)

Mercola, Vitamin B-12 Energy Booster Spray

(Why B-12 helps with panic and stress –


Herb – Passion Flower

Organic Passionflower – 90 ct,(Oregon’s Wild Harvest)

(read why here –


Herb – Vital-Adapt herbal tonic blend

Natura Health Products Vital Adapt – 60 Capsules

(listen why vital-adapt herbs are helpful for stress here –


Vitamin – Magnesium bath flakes – Considering over 80% of people are magnesium deficient and it has great benefits for heart health and stress relief this is perfect to add to the list. Use in bath, foot bath or as Magnesium oil rub – Make oil using 1 cup flakes, 1 cup flitered water, heat till dissolves and store in jar. Spray skin on stomach and back once a day about a half to a tea spoons worth. It is absorbed through your skin. Click here for a video on how to make a magnesium oil and it’s benefits.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes Single Use Pouch – 1.65 lb Bag


Earthing /Grounding – Another one of my favorite things to offer to people for overcoming anxiety naturally is an earthing mat because it helps with so many aspects of health including mood. See my blog on earthing here


Earthing Mat Kit
Connect to the Earth and feel better.


Ess ential Oils for relaxation to help depression:

Lavender, Melissa, frankincense, (These can be put on the bottom of your feet, eaten (edible grade only), or diffused.

With all the EO companies out there I only buy from one company that has asked me not to mention their name directly in my blog. Email me at for links. I look for therapeutic edible grade only (the highest possible grade EO).

Other options to overcome Anxiety:
Acupuncture, Tai chi and other martial arts, dance, and any other sport or physical movement. I expecially recommend Chi Gong or Tai Chi and you can click here for a tutorial and videos on how to.

Here are some videos of other natural approaches from people I recommend:
– Addiction, eating disorder and diseases (paul chek) –
– Addiction – ram das –
– Food addictions (gluten, flour, and msg) – 10 day detox diet doctor –




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