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Nutrition: Helping to Heal the Body

Addiction recovery is a healing process.  Drugs and alcohol are hard on the entire body, and when going through detox and rehabilitation, it is important to develop and sustain good eating habits.  Eating a well-balanced diet can help to repair the body, reduce cravings, and boost mental health.

Impact of Drugs and Alcohol on the Body

When used as prescribed, there are many drugs that provide beneficial help to the body.  However, when drugs or alcohol are abused and overused, they have detrimental effects.  They affect the way that the body absorbs nutrients; can damage the liver, pancreas, and other organs; and can cause other imbalances.  Because of the way that these substances work within the body, people often neglect healthy eating habits.  They may not feel hungry, or their body may not be getting the most benefit out of what they are eating.

During drug and alcohol rehabilitation, a person goes through detox to rid their body of any harmful substances.  This can also take a toll on the body making it even more important to maintain a healthy diet.  Proper nutrition not only keeps the body functioning correctly, it also gives people energy, supports the immune system, and can improve mental health.

What to Eat

  • Natural Foods

Eating foods that are natural and not processed are healthy for the body.  They provide nutrition in its most original form.  Designing a diet that is rich with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fiber, and lean protein is recommended.  It is also important to include healthy fats, such as those found in nuts, olive oil, and avocado.  Omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial as they promote healthy skin, balanced hormone levels, improved brain function, and reduced inflammation.

  • Protein

Protein helps to keep the body feeling fuller longer.  It is better for recovering addicts to incorporate lean protein into their diet than to load up on carbohydrates.  Protein is also essential for building new cells and repairing tissue.

  • Complex Carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates help to maintain lower blood sugar levels.  This is important for recovering addicts because spikes in blood sugar can impact their energy levels and make it more difficult to focus and avoid drug cravings.  They should work to avoid eating too many refined starches and sugary foods.

When to Eat

Eating regularly scheduled meals can help to keep the body feeling full and energized.  It helps to stabilize blood sugar and boost moods.  People should try to eat three balanced meals each day and then a few small, nutritious snacks in between.  This will help to ensure that the body is receiving a steady supply of the nutrients it needs to function and heal.

When the body is provided with a healthy diet, it can help to reduce drug cravings and improve mental health.  People are able to think more clearly and feel better because they have energy and their body is stronger.  This can give them motivation and help to improve their outlook.  Including proper nutrition as part of a comprehensive drug and alcohol rehabilitation program can help people to realize that they can feel good without using addictive substances.  It also puts them on the right path to living a healthier, drug-free life.

At Chapters Capistrano, patients are educated about the importance of proper diet and nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle.  Treatment programs are tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs.  To find out more about how you can change your life around and make healthier choices to live a drug-free life, contact Chapters Capistrano today.