As more and more data has been collected in the drug addiction industry, it’s become clearer than nutrition and diet can greatly impact success rates for addicts. A lot of people enter our addiction treatment center without connecting that their diet plays a huge role in not only their physical health, but their mental and emotional health as well.
Every drug causes different forms of nutritional deficiencies within the body. For example, cocaine users will often have extremely low levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Those addicted to heroin or other opiates will usually have deficient calcium and vitamin D amounts in the body. The longer the duration of the drug abuse, the more physically apparent the damage will be. This can come in the form of scarred skin, rotting teeth and bloodshot eyes. The duration of drug use will often play a role in how long a diet switch will take to impact emotional and mental health. However, the sooner a new dietary program is started, the sooner the healing process can begin.
When reintroducing healthy food into a recovering addict’s body, it’s often a good idea to start with whey protein. Withdrawal effects will often make the mere thought of solid food to much to bare. Whey protein shakes offer healing amini acids, which produce chemicals to aid the nervous system. Aside from water for hydration and flushing out toxins, milk may be the second best liquid for a recovering addict to drink. Milk contains tryptophan, which can help relax the body for sleep. A glass of milk an hour before bed is just what the doctor ordered.
It’s especially true for alcoholics, but everyone recovering from drug use should look to foods that help the liver function properly. Broccoli, kale and cabbage have all been proven to help cleanse the liver. Onions and shallots have also been identified as foods with liver-detoxifying properties.
Anxiety is often an aftereffect of drug use. In order to avoid relapses, addicts must learn to control their emotions and stay calm. Eating fish has been proven to help reduce anxiety and stress. The omega 3 oils found in fattening fish have been proven to stabilize moods. Those who don’t enjoy fish should look for omega 3 oil supplements to ensure their levels rise.
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