Updated: Sep 20, 2021
In my work as an integrative trauma healing practitioner, I consider diet and nutrition as the most important components of restoring balance and optimal vitality to the body, mind, and spirit.
While microdosing can have many profound benefits, proper body chemistry is critical to ensuring desired outcomes. From time to time, I hear from individuals engaged in microdosing practice reporting that they are not experiencing any benefits. In nearly all of these cases, a closer study of their eating habits, supplements, and current and past pharmaceutical medication use suggest depletion of critical vitamins and amino acids in the body. Furthermore, the use of psychedelic substances in large doses over a short period of time can also deplete the body of these critical nutrients.
While there is no singular supplemental regimen suitable for everyone, the addition of the following nutrients to your diet is a great starting point:
Antioxidants fight inflammation so include lots of berries and leafy greens in your diet and look for vitamins A, C, and E in your daily multivitamin.
Omega-3s are also key for fighting inflammation, as well as supporting heart and brain health. If you don’t eat a lot of fatty fish, you’ll want to ensure that your daily supplement regimen includes omega-3 fatty acids.
Folate is an important B-vitamin that supports dopamine production. Leafy greens and lentils contain folate, but many people are deficient, so be sure it’s in your daily supplement.
Vitamin D supports serotonin production. We get vitamin D from the sun, but most of us don’t get nearly enough sun exposure, so it’s another key nutrient to include in your supplement regimen to support mood health before and throughout psychedelic therapy.
Magnesium is a key nutrient for nerve and muscle function and regulating the heartbeat. Magnesium deficiency can also be harmful to healthy gut bacteria, which could exacerbate depression and anxiety. Increase your intake by eating leafy greens, bananas, cacao, and include magnesium in your supplement regimen each day.
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in your gut. Science shows that a healthy gut is essential for overall health, including brain and mood health. Before beginning a microdose practice or undergoing psychedelic therapy, include more fermented foods in your diet and take probiotics daily to support your gut health.