In order for the brain to process information correctly, our neurotransmitters must be fully operational. Alcohol and drugs stimulate these neurotransmitters, but will ultimately deplete them with excess use. Malnutrition is another common side effect of substance abuse, often requiring the aid of a nutrition recovery addiction treatment program to repair the damage done.
4 Ways Your Addiction Recovery Can Benefit From Proper Nutrition:
1. Minimize Cravings And Promote A Positive Attitude
Both drugs and alcohol prevent the body from sustaining and breaking down nutrients and releasing toxins. This can result in a number of health issues, including malnutrition. At our East Hampton addiction recovery facility, patients learn to change their negative actions into positive ones, restoring both spiritual and physical well-being. Many addicts struggle to control their cravings during recovery. Studies have show that a diet high in protein and carbohydrates can help minimize these cravings by promoting a positive mindset.
2. Help Repair Damage To Circulation And Heart
Alcohol and drugs can adversely impact the hair and skin. Foods that are rich in nutrients (vitamins C and A and proteins) can help restore these areas to a healthier state. Where circulation and the heart are concerned, a low-fat, protein-rich diet combined with exercise can help reduce inflammation, restore muscle loss, and lower high blood pressure. Foods that are rich in nutrients and calories can contain moderate fat work to restore vitamins and minerals while reducing the living swelling caused by substance abuse.
3. Elevate Mood And Energy
In order to elevate mood and energy levels, our clients are advised to eat small, regular meals throughout the day. The diet should include fresh fruits and vegetables, decaffeinated coffee, herbal teas, and whole grain foods. Clients are also encouraged to substitute red meat for beans while decreasing the consumption of caffeine and sugar-rich foods. Mineral and vitamin supplements can also prove beneficial in restoring mineral and vitamin levels.
4. Snacking To Reduce Mood Swings
Snacks are a great way to meet nutritional requirements while reducing mood swings. They can be eaten before bed or in between meals. Healthy snack ideas include low-fat yogurt, raw vegetables and fresh fruit.
Smoothie Sailing – Yummy Recipe In Recovery
If you like Pina Coladas… you need to try this virgin smoothie!
- 2 cups spinach (you won’t taste it)
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 3 cups pineapple
- 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
Blend – Pour – Enjoy!
Hungry for more? Check out our other healthy smoothie recipes on Pinterest!