It is common knowledge that drug addiction takes a toll on the body. Drug abuse destroys nerve cells and can affect your memory, behavior, mood and decision-making. Luckily for those who are in recovery, with the proper nutrition the body can heal itself in many areas. Here are a few healthy habits to incorporate if you’re on the road to recovery from drug or alcohol abuse.
Drink plenty of fluids and preferably water. Drink eight glasses a day and if you work out make sure you drink extra water before and after you exercise. Hydration will give your body energy and remove toxins from your body. If water is too bland for you, try using a lime or lemon slice to add a little flavor. Along the same lines if you are a coffee drinker, go decaf. Caffeine not only hinders hydration but it is a stimulant that when used can trigger mood fluctuations that make it harder to resist cravings for drugs or alcohol. Adequate hydration should be incorporated as a type of daily ritual to get healthy on the road to recovery.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
According to Ralph E Carson, a nutritionist and exercise physiologist, it is important to supply your body with omega 3 fatty acids. Carson states that supplying your body with omega 3 fatty acids like fish oils, nuts, and flaxseed, each day help with nerve cell repair and maintenance.
Eat Lots Of Fruits And Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants, which play a huge role in boosting your immune system and is important during the recovery process. Add fresh fruits and raw or lightly cooked vegetables like peppers or carrots to your daily diet. An added bonus is that nutrient dense foods like fruits and vegetables are great for restoring skin and hair that can deteriorate when using drugs or alcohol.
Sugar, much like caffeine, can cause mood fluctuations that can make it hard to make healthy choices. Sugar also provides empty calories that fill you up and make you less likely to eat foods packed with nutrients, which is what your body really needs. Recovering alcoholics can be extremely susceptible to sugar addiction in recovery, so it is best to avoid sugary drinks and foods when adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Eat Plenty Of Protein
Protein is a key building block when it comes to proper nutrition after addiction. If your liver is badly damaged, quality proteins will help it become more efficient. Opt for healthy protein like chicken, fish, eggs and beans.
Proper nutrition is key for recovering addicts. As well as the above nutrition habits, there are many online resources as well as education classes to incorporate healthy eating into your daily life on the road to recovery.