Someone that has suffered from an addiction for any amount of time can do some real damage to their body. Drugs and alcohol wreak havoc on the body especially with heavy abuse because the addiction usually takes precedence over a person’s diet. Addiction can usually cause the body to be nutrient deficient which can pose a real problem on someone’s health.
Once a person decides to get sober, they will have to detox off drugs and alcohol which can be painful and uncomfortable. They may start to eat things that taste sugary and greasy instead of things that will help them to actually heal during their detoxification. The real thing that the body adequately needs is healthy food that provides vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can help reduce withdrawal symptoms and possibly keep an individual’s cravings for drugs, alcohol, junk food, or anything that is bad for them down to a minimum. Through their diet, a person can better regulate the systems in their body, such as the digestive or the endocrine systems, which can get pretty badly mangled from substance abuse.
The body needs water to function and since drugs and alcohol dehydrate the body, drinking water regularly will help get the toxins out of their system at a faster pace.
Vegetables and Fruits
Restoring nutrients that are deficit in the body can come from consuming fruits and vegetables. By keeping the diet healthy with the colorful foods of fruits and vegetables, managing blood sugar levels will come on a more consistent basis.
Amino acids are the building blocks in the body that are only found in proteins. The body can be renewed very quickly by eating lean, healthy proteins. With the consumption of proteins, an individual can stay more satisfied between meals.
Drugs and alcohol can bring down the digestive system rather quickly with constipation, diarrhea, or vomiting which can cause an electrolyte imbalance. To get the body back into balance, the body needs fiber to reduce gastrointestinal problems. Whole wheat grains such as quinoa, steel cut oats, or brown rice work well to get the body back on track.
Using a multivitamin during detox can help to instantaneously restore some of the deficiencies in the body that may be lacking in nutrients. Consult with a healthcare professional before one is taken so that there is not a physical reaction with the drugs and alcohol that have been incessantly abused.
A detox diet can be a beneficial part of a relapse prevention plan while making the body feel much better when it is going through the rough detox process. Using a healthy diet to curb some of the withdrawal symptoms during detox is a good idea to consider in making life much easier.
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