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The toxic chemicals used to make Crystal Meth, and the lifestyle changes that usually accompany use, really do a number on your body. Your brain and body need adequate amounts of food, water and sleep to recover from Tina use. If you’re able to attend to these 3 areas, you will minimize the negative health impacts and have more enjoyable highs as well. It’s not as hard as you might think. In general, healthier using requires planning ahead and practicing new habits.

Here are some tips that other users have found helpful:

Set Limits

• Decide how long you want to use before you start.

• Decide how much you’re going to take. If you binge, you increase health risks and feel worse when you crash.


• You won’t feel like eating while you are using but this is because Tina works as an appetite suppressant, not because you don’t need to eat.

• Start snacking early. If your stomach becomes completely empty you will feel less like eating.

• Try to maintain your normal caloric intake to avoid weight loss and starving your body and brain of nutrients. In reality you will be burning up more calories than normal when you are using.

• Try apple sauce, bananas, protein shakes and bars, meal replacement bars, oatmeal, and yoghurt if you have trouble with more solid or substantial food. Something is better than nothing. Have these foods on hand so they are accessible and easier to take.

• Avoid foods that are high in sugar. Sugar will make mood swings worse and increase drug cravings.

• Remember to plan food intake to coincide with meds that require food. Use a timer or alarm to help you.

• Consult with a nutritionist or naturopath for vitamins and nutritional supplementation to compensate for additional requirements resulting from use.

• If you can’t eat during use, then at least eat before you use.


• Your body needs water to handle the stresses of Tina. Increasing your water intake will make your crash softer. You need a minimum of 2 litres per day.

• Telltale signs of not getting enough water are dark yellow urine, and dry mouth

• Sipping small amounts providing steady intake helps keep your body balanced and lessens dry mouth.

• Sport bottles are a good way to keep sipping small amounts and tracking intake to make sure you are getting enough.

• Have water accessible; in the fridge, with you, and available after you crash so you can easily consume more before sleeping some more.

• Keep other beverages to a minimum, especially ones that contain sugar, alcohol and caffeine. Sport drinks are good to replenish electrolytes if you become dehydrated, but they contain sugar. Fruit juices (not ‘drinks’) are ok. Caffeine in energy drinks and coffee will dehydrate you further.

TIP: For more on the importance of hydration, additional tips, and how Tina impacts your kidneys please click here.


• Getting enough sleep is critical to reducing the onset and severity of mental health problems like paranoia and delusional thinking. Know how much and how long is ok for you and again, stick to that limit.

• Have a sleep plan. Make sure you have a safe place to crash. Know when and where you will be sleeping if it is not at your place.

• Try taking breaks from activity while high. This provides an excellent opportunity to hydrate, eat and check in with your body.

• If you can’t sleep, try short naps or even rest with your eyes closed.

• Don’t push yourself until you are completely exhausted. Know your own crash cycle. Build in time to hydrate, eat, take meds, shower, and take care of your oral health before you crash.

• Create an environment that is conducive to sleeping when you do crash. Calming music at low volume on repeat can help.

TIP: Learn from others. Talk to users and ex-users who manage their health well while using for other tips.


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