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The Role Nutrition Plays in Detox

Apr 23, 2018 | Treatment, Wellness

Addiction will suck the life right out of you and the double-edged sword is that if you stop taking drugs and alcohol, you will get sick from withdrawal symptoms. Once you do make the decision to get and stay sober, you will inherently feel pretty bad for a few days to a few weeks while you detox off all the substances your body has built up a dependency from. A great way to feel better is by using food to heal your body from all the toxins that need to be released after cessation from drugs and alcohol.

Dehydration and malnutrition are prevalent with substance abuse. Changing your diet can be a factor in restoring and healing your body to not only look better, but more importantly to make you feel better. The body uses food as fuel to provide functionality that can help you to move, breathe, think, and feel in a healthy manner depending on what type of food that you eat. Some types of food only hinder the effects of detoxification. Choosing wiser, healthier nourishment can help to improve the uncomfortable symptoms of detox much quicker.

Drink water

You have to hydrate frequently to give the kidneys and liver a chance to do their job. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily really helps flush out the toxins and wastes that the body needs to get rid of. Drinking water can also be instrumental in decreasing the unpleasantness of withdrawal by replenishing the body.

Eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

These are the complex carbohydrates that you need to eat for fiber and energy. Refined foods and sugar are simple carbohydrates that may taste good, but provide a short span of energy along with more frequency of hunger. Eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are a much healthier choice because they are filled with nutrients and vitamins. Leafy greens, raspberries, broccoli, strawberries, and mushrooms are vegetables to consider trying.   

Pack in the protein

Known as the body’s building blocks, proteins are made of amino acids which are continuously broken down and then put back together as new protein. Eating lean proteins are essential in repairing cells and tissue, as well as restoring organs that help the body to function properly. Enzymes, hormones, and bodily chemicals are all made by proteins and are crucial for the body to operate properly.

Add Healthy Fats

Consuming omega-3 and unsaturated fats can protect your heart and brain, along with helping to boost your mood, fight fatigue, and help you to lose weight. Fat gives the body energy and helps to absorb vitamins and minerals easier. Salmon, avocado, raw nuts, and olive oil are healthy fats you should try.

Detoxing off drugs and alcohol can be a rough experience. Eating for your health can help deter any of the discomfort that you may be feeling through natural means that your body will literally eat up.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs and alcohol, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center can show you how to stay sober. Our holistic therapy and 12-Step aspects combined can help you to focus on your recovery one day at a time.

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