Early recovery can be a tough time in regards to our physical health. We may have entered into treatment in a state of malnourishment, deficient in the vitamins and minerals that we need to feel happy and healthy. Exercise and a balanced diet are of crucial importance, but we may find it beneficial to begin taking a daily multivitamin to ensure that our bodies are getting everything that they need. Our mood, energy, physical health, and cognitive functions all require essential vitamins, and a multivitamin might be just what we need to improve these aspects of our health and well-being. Multivitamins are composed of the vitamins and nutrients that we need to function properly. Many people try to eat a balanced diet to ensure that they are getting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients, but may still not be meeting their required daily amount. A multivitamin contains these necessary components from a variety of different food sources that we might not get every day, this is especially helpful to those with dietary restrictions, such as vegetarianism or veganism. One of the best benefits of taking a daily multivitamin is feeling energized. In early sobriety, as our brains and bodies are healing, we often suffer from feelings of lethargy and depression as a result of the damage caused by alcohol and drugs. Multivitamins can help counteract these symptoms. Our bodies have to work harder to perform tasks when we are deficient in vitamins. In a 2017 Livestrong article entitled, Potential Benefits of Multivitamins, Joshua Duvauchelle explains, “Multivitamins contain several vitamins, such as B-complex vitamins and vitamin C, that may help improve your body’s energy. Arizona State University’s wellness office suggests students take a daily multivitamin for improved energy and a better physical response to the various stress factors encountered in college life.” Managing our reaction to stress is also of extreme importance during the crucial period of early recovery. We can easily become overwhelmed by external stressors and seek solace in the fleeting relief provided by drugs and alcohol. When we take a multivitamin, however, we may have less feelings of stress and anxiety. Unilab explains in their article, 5 Benefits of Taking Multivitamins Daily, “The vitamins and minerals in your daily multivitamin can also significantly reduce levels of stress and anxiety. The body uses B vitamins to convert food into energy, keep the nervous system functioning properly, and to produce stress hormones. Taking multivitamins can replenish your body’s supply.” Taking a multivitamin is not a substitute for a healthy, balanced diet, but can provide benefits that are particularly helpful to those in the process of healing the mind and body in recovery.
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