Addiction can cause many negative psychological effects that can be a direct result of the diet that an addict consumes. Many addicts have poor eating habits while they are under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Since the addiction is front and center, the addict will usually fail to eat foods rich in vitamins and nutrients that the body desperately needs to properly function. The fallout of the addiction depends on the depths of malnutrition that comes with it.
With biochemical restoration, the goal is to analyze bio shortcomings in the body that make a person more prone to addiction. Biochemical restoration starts by looking at three different areas that imbalances take place. Lab testing is effective in identifying biochemical factors that need balance such as neurotransmitters, hypoglycemia, hormone levels, amino acids, and nutrient deficiencies while checking for heavy metals and toxicities. Comparing the symptoms of conditions that were formed due to the addiction, can give a better indication in where the biochemical balances lie. Nutrition also can exacerbate depression, anxiety, and cravings that have been linked to relapse. Proper nutrition can be the last piece of the puzzle that can make biochemical restoration successful for sobriety.
- Carbohydrates: Complex carbs are healthy for the body. Eating vegetables, whole grains, and beans will turn into glucose that is used as the body’s energy source.
- Caffeine: Early sobriety disrupts sleep patterns and causes stress. Lowering caffeine intake can help reduce the effects on these.
- Fiber: The gastrointestinal system usually takes a beating during substance abuse. Getting some fiber in the body can help the body to recover quicker.
- Healthy Fats: Ingesting healthy fats such as Omega-3s that are found in fish, nuts, with flax seeds can help improve an addict’s diet. Avocado and olive oil can also help the body absorb vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
- Protein: Neurotransmitters fire at will in the brain, but addiction tricks the brain in its reward system which decreases them. Proteins contain amino acids which are the building blocks for neurotransmitters and can help increase their functionality.
- Processed Foods: Liver rejuvenation may be important after an addiction pursues. Eating the artificial ingredients that processed foods contain can keep the liver functioning at a higher rate.
- Sugar: Alcoholics tend to have high blood sugar counts because of all the sugar that is in alcohol. Staying away from foods that have an abundance of sugar will help regulate their glycemic levels and regulate mood swings, anxiety, and depression.
With biochemical restoration, addiction is looked at as a physical illness that needs to be relieved. The remedy for this illness comes from linking lab results to symptoms and then changing the diet. These changes are instrumental in restoring and repairing the body to keep an addiction from reoccurring again. Through biochemical restoration, addicts are treating the mind, the body, and the soul, for a greater chance of long-term sobriety.
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