Depending upon the drug you were addicted to, your body and your brain might have experienced some significant impairments.
Alcohol, for instance, can significantly damage the liver as well as other major organs. It can deplete the body of its necessities for health.
Drinking on a regular basis can bring significant health concerns.
Similarly, other drugs, such as methamphetamines, cocaine, and benzodiazepines can also have a severe effect on the health of the body and the brain.
For all these reasons, many addiction treatment centers are including nutritional counseling as a part of their treatment regimen. But when you’re out of treatment and you’re living on your own again (or even if you’re living with others), you may still need to buy your own groceries. And the important question is – what do you buy?
What foods are going to help restore your health? What fruits, vegetables, and supplements are going to feed your organs and brain with the energy it needs to come back to health?
To answer these questions in a way such that they are specifically designed for you, it might be best to go to a nutritional counselor. He or she can provide you with more detailed information than your doctor.
The following suggestions are those based on what’s generally healthy for most people. And if you were to follow the food tips below, they certainly wouldn’t cause any harm.
However, for the optimal suggestions specific to your health concerns, you may want to see a nutritional counselor. Nonetheless, here are some general food tips to consider:
Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains
This should make up ¾ of every meal. These foods provide carbohydrates, which is primary fuel for working hard at practice. You only have a limited supply of this food source in your body so being sure to replenish this food type is essential.
This food group should make up the other ¼ of your meal. These are foods like meats, chicken, turkey, fish, nuts, beans, and tofu.
They provide amino acids, which are the building blocks for making other types of protein, and help you build muscle tissue.
This food group is also a good source of iron. This is an important mineral you need to maintain your energy level.
The best recommendation for this food group is to have 3-4 servings per day. This includes milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese and ice cream. Remember to choose lower fat options as best you can. These foods provide high quality protein, carbs, calcium, and Vitamin D as well.
This is the primary muscle fuel you use during low intensity activities. Be sure to steer clear of the unhealthy versions and instead choose the healthy fats such as those found in fish, like salmon; and a variety of plant sources, such as nuts, avocados, and vegetable oils.
It’s easy to lose a sense of balance regarding food and eating when you’re struggling with addiction. And, as mentioned above, the type of drug you used may also cause certain types of damage to the body and brain.
No doubt addiction poses significant challenges to your physical and mental health. However, with some careful thought to the groceries you’re buying, what you’re eating, and the amount of foods you eat, you can facilitate bringing your body back to optimal health.
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