Addiction and Nutrition
persons life. Many stories have been shared which show that addicts struggle with loss of family, friends, jobs, and the general destruction of having an overall positive lifestyle. For persons in recovery the road to stability and regaining all that has been lost can be quite difficult. After abstinence has been achieved, the human body is the first order of business because substance abuse harms the body in many ways. This is due to the negative lifestyle of addiction, like irregular eating habits & poor diet, making the need for proper nutrition an exercise mandatory for post-addiction health.
For the first few weeks and months, adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet and nutrition is one of the first steps towards long-term recovery. Having worked with mental health clients and clients having addictive diseases, their predicament is often referred to as a predicament of emotions where an inability to forego feelings and emotions is paramount and the need to control unpleasant feelings like depression, anxiety or guilt by using substances is seen in almost every case. During early recovery adequate nutrition and a balanced diet helps improve mood and overall health for the individual. From this perspective, we can see the importance of utilizing positive nutrition to help stabilize moods and prevent relapse. Creating and maintaining a regular mealtime is highly recommended. These meals need to be high in fiber and include low fat contents with increased proteins. Flaxseed is an excellent choice of fiber and it also has the added benefit of having essential fatty acids. Normally we receive our daily dosage of vitamins from the foods that we eat. In certain cases, this is not always possible and for the recovering person it is highly likely that additional vitamin supplements may be necessary. Vitamins such as B complex, which again supports our moods, along with zinc, vitamin A and vitamin C are each important.
A Vitamin (5,000-25,000 IU) Fish liver oil, kale greens, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, yellow squash and broccoli
B Complex Vitamin (50-100 mcg) Kidney beans, lima beans, brown rice, oats, whole grains, legumes, brussels sprouts
C Vitamin (3,000-10,000 mg) Collards, onions, lemons, mangoes, avocados, mustard greens, collards, pineapple, cantaloupes
Zinc 30-50 mcg Dark meat poultry, wheat germ, peanuts, oysters, eggs, soybeans, mushrooms
Eight glasses of water a day is what many people grew up hearing as children. It is thought that by consuming at least eight glasses of water each day we are supporting a healthy environment for our bodies to grow and function. The importance of water can not be overemphasized because it is truly a miracle worker. Our bodies like the earth itself is two-thirds water making it an essential component for the functioning abilities of every cell in our bodies.
Tips to making water consumption a Routine and Not a Chore
(1) Fill a mid to large size container of water and keep it beside you at all times
(2) Spike your water with lemon juice and it becomes a body cleanser Spike your water with pure cranberry juice and you heal your urinary system Purchase an attractive glass to be used only for drinking water.
(3) Drink a cup of water first thing each morning.
Other tips about water
Boiling tap water for 3-5 minutes will get rid of any bacteria. Water filtration systems will remove many contaminants. Artesian water is also known as well water, where water is brought to the surface through natural means. Drinking adequate amounts of water can affect moods and emotions in that the amount one drinks is directly related to blood flow and blood volume. From an energetic or spiritual perspective the blood symbolizes the life force.
****The information stated here should not be considered as medical advice for dealing with addictive diseases or any other health problem. Always consult your health care professional for individualized treatment and before beginning any new regimens with regards to all health problems.