What does Vitamin B1 and C, stable blood sugar levels and brussel sprouts have to do with your drug or alcohol recovery? Drug and alcohol addiction can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Scarcity in key vitamins, minerals and amino acids can increase the likelihood of relapse in the early stages of recovery. A healthy diet is the foundation to long-term recovery.
Nutrition’s Gaining Prominence in Addiction Recovery
Studies have shown the correlation between a healthy nutritional program and good physical, mental health and emotional health. While most people in recovery are malnourished and do not focus on healthy eating, it is essential. More treatment facilities are offering cooking classes and delicious spa like food. Nutritional counseling and food sensitivity tests are also provided.
Nutrition and the Road to Recovery
Eating a balanced diet can help you win your struggle with your alcohol or drug addiction. Here are some guidelines.
- Magnesium can be depleted with stress. It helps regulate blood sugar levels (glucose) in the brain. Magnesium is “Nature’s calming mineral.” Eat more fiber.
- Vitamin B1, Thiamin – Keeps your body functioning properly, provides energy and fuels neurotransmitters. Eat whole grains, spinach, wild rice, yogurt and brussel sprouts for optimum brain health.
- Vitamin C or ascorbic acid eases withdrawal symptoms of heroin users. Eat citrus fruits, peppers and strawberries.
Six Small Meals
You should eat nutrient rich foods every two to four hours. Six small meals will help you avoid blood sugar drops. A healthy diet will balance mood swings and ward off depression. People with addictions prefer processed foods that are high in salt and sugar. They also like foods that have high fat content and refined carbohydrates. Be mindful of your eating patterns and create alternative strategies. Nutrition should be a major part of your journey to recovery. Keep a food journal and monitor your progress.
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