Link Between High Sugar Diet and Opioid Addiction

Children and adults may actually be more vulnerable to opioid addiction when high amounts of refined sugars are consumed.

CDC claims that drug overdose increased by 21% in 2016 and are now claiming lives at double the rate of motor vehicle accidents and firearms combined.

Research shows that refined sugar activates the reward centers in the brain in the same manner as addictive drugs. A poor diet, think S.A.D. is linked to overconsumption of simple carbohydrates and refined sugars and opioid abuse. The results of the research indicate that a diet high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup may dampen the pleasure that someone may get from taking drugs such as Percocet, Percodan, and OxyContin at lower doses.

These prescription drugs taken at high levels can interfere with your central nervous functioning and slow down breathing, leading to coma or respiratory arrest. When combined with alcohol, their effects multiply since alcohol is also a depressant drug. ( If you are taking prescription drugs then refrain from alcohol and recreational smoking.)

If you are consuming a nutrient void diet from processed foods, foods and beverages containing refined sugar or high fructose syrup then it’s best for you central nervous system, adrenal system, mental health and memory to revamp your eating regime to a nutritious but yummy diet. 

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This research is another good reason to eat an organic balanced diet, including free range, grass-finished lean meats, organic fruits and vegetables, and avoid wheat and dairy products. There is a place for sweets, but in moderation. The goal is no more than 21 grams of sugar daily. 

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