By Martha Jette
Having an addiction of any kind can severely interfere with not only your daily life, but also your job, relationships and normal social activities. The best thing you can do not just for yourself but also those around you is to seek ways of dealing with your debilitating habit and there are some home remedies that may help you.
A supplement called 5-HTP (hydroxytryptophan) has been shown to reduce ones desire to drink alcohol. The human body makes 5-HTP from typtophan, which is converted to serotonin in the brain. Derived from the seeds of an African tree, this supplement affects the chemicals in the brain.
The recommended dosage is 100 mg in the morning and at bedtime on an empty stomach. 5-HTP has also been shown to help with weight reduction and insomnia. Side effects may include nausea, vomiting and difficulty breathing in some people.
Interestingly, hydrogen peroxide has helped some folks deal with alcohol abuse. Users put a capful of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide in an 8-ounce glass of water. Whenever the user tries to drink alcohol, it is immediately rejected causing nausea and/or vomiting.
Glutamine is an amino acid found in the human body, as well as in beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, dairy products, wheat, spinach and more that circulates in the blood to help revitalize cells in the kidney and intestines. L-Glutamine supplements are generally taken to treat illnesses and injuries, and as a means of muscle growth. However, some users find it effective in reducing the cravings of alcohol addiction. Julia Ross notes in The Mood Cure that “L-Glutamine can stop your cravings and get you feeling steady and even within ten minutes.”
Smokers not only endanger their own health but also that of those around them but as most smokers will tell you, quitting is difficult. Thus any home remedies that can reduce the cravings become vitally important.
Some folks have found that olive or sesame oil has helped them quit because a tablespoon of the oil in a glass of water makes smoking difficult. The process is called ‘oil pulling’ involves swilling the mixture in your mouth for 15 minutes in the morning.
Users say that as soon as they tried to smoke, they could taste the nicotine coming out of their system – a most unpleasant experience.
A way some have found to stop the cravings is to crush a Vitamin C tablet in an 8-ounce spray bottle. Whenever the urge arises, spray inside your mouth and back toward your throat.
Another way to reduce or stop smoking is to suck on licorice root, which contains niacinimide. You can purchase it in either dried or powdered form, in caplets, tablets and as a liquid extract. The major side effect of this root is possible high blood pressure, so it should be used in moderation. Try using the dried root and take a nibble now and then.
Lobeline is a natural alkaloid found in Indian tobacco. It is a white powder that can be dissolved in water and can be used as a smoking or drug cessation aid. Taken as a liquid compound, it stimulates the release of dopamine and suppressed the desire to smoke. Check out Lobaline for Smoking Cessation.
Pink grapefruit has been found to help clear the lungs of tar, so having one every day would help greatly. Grapes are one of the most effective home remedies for dealing with smoker’s cough, as they tone up the lungs and act as an expectorant. As well, make sure you practice deep breathing to keep your lungs strong.
Dr. Nance MacLeod is one of Canada’s leading specialists in natural medicine and believes pro-active natural health therapies should play a major role along with modern medicine when treating patients. You can contact Dr. MacLeod at Box 575, Virgil, Ontario or by telephone at: 1-905-468-9041.
Addicted Chimpanzee sent to Rehab
A Russian chimpanzee that is addicted to beer and cigarettes has been sent to rehab, according to an article in the Komsomolskaya Pravda Russian newspaper.
“The beer and cigarettes were ruining him,” a spokesman for the zoo said. “He would pester passers-by for booze.”
Zookeepers said the chimp named Zhora is an ex-circus performer, who picked up his bad habits and became aggressive. He was then transferred to the zoo in Rostov where he’s learned to draw and fathered to babies.
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