by Heather Culpepper | May 2014
Going against the grain and cutting out wheat to achieve optimum health is a popular notion these days, thanks in part to people like Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly. At the beginning of April, I went about 2 weeks without any form of flour or sugar. During the first week I experienced severe headaches, depression, lethargy and a general sense of hostility as I withdrew from flour and sugar. Around the 2nd week, Easter came and with it came a bevvy of sugar and flour in the form of cake and candy loaded with HFCS and white flour. Once I took the first bite of cake, I was done for. The cravings set in and I was snacking on a piece of cake every couple of hours. That led me right back to eating bread and candy all over again. I gained 5 pounds that week. I knew I had to stop myself before my addiction got out of hand all over again, but I wondered how I could cut the wheat and sugar out without going through the hellish nightmare that is wheat and sugar withdrawal.
Enter the miraculous plant known as Kratom.
Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa is a tropical deciduous and evergreen tree in the coffee family (Rubiaceae) native to Southeast Asia in the Indochina and Malesiafloristic regions. Its leaves are used for medicinal properties. It is psychoactive, and leaves are chewed to uplift mood and to treat health problems. M. speciosa is indigenous to Thailand and, despite growing naturally in the country, has been outlawed for 70 years and was originally banned because it was reducing the Thai government’s tax revenue from opium distribution.
Kratom contains alkaloids that become active at the μ-opioid receptor and can be used in the management of chronic pain as an alternative to synthetic drugs like Ultram (Tramadol,) Lortab, OxyContin, Percocet, and other potentially addictive substances used to treat chronic pain and can lead to addiction.
So, how can Kratom help you in terms of managing withdrawal symptoms from wheat, sugar and flour?
M. speciosa has been “used for hundreds of years by Southeast Asian cultures as a medicinal herb. These populations have identified a variety of general health benefits associated with Kratom. It is a powerful anti-oxidant that has even been found to reduce neuron damage following a stroke. It can lower blood pressure and it naturally contains an alkaloid commonly used in anti-hypertensive medicines. It also contains Catechin which is said to mimic insulin and control blood sugar levels for diabetics. Other effects of Kratom include anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that can boost your immune system. Finally, some have found it to promote weight loss and improve athleticism by increasing energy metabolism,” according to Kratom Online.
KRATOM and BLOOD SUGAR
Getting one’s blood sugar swings under control during the withdrawal phase is crucial. Blood sugar swings that result from eating too much sugar can lead to depression, manic states in those with bipolar disorder as discussed by Evolutionary psychiatrist, Emily Dean. I learned from my own personal experience that it’s easier to stay off sugar than it is to get off sugar initially. Feeling like life isn’t worth living is one of the emotional states I have experienced from removing sugar out of the diet.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
It is crucial that you educate yourself as much as possible before taking any herbal substance and that you speak to your family physician before beginning embarking on an alternative medicine path. Some herbs and OTC supplements can interfere and/or interact with your prescribed medication.
Use sound judgement and don’t just throw caution to the wind where your health is concerned. Inform and educate yourself as much as possible. Don’t believe anything anyone says, including me, without doing some fact checking for yourself.