There’s a great deal of truth behind the saying “you are what you eat.” The food you consume everyday has an enormous impact on the quality of your life. Not only does it affect your general physical well being, but your mental health, as well. If you’re recovering from a drug addiction and working towards a permanent life of sobriety, you’ll need to make some dietary changes to enhance your chances of success. Here are some crucial facts about how nutrition affects addiction and what you need to know.
Addiction leads to nutritional deficiencies
For anyone trapped in the vicious cycle of addiction, chances are they have a poor diet, which inevitably results in key nutritional deficiencies that will ultimately damage their overall health. If this is you, there’s good news, because once you become drug-free, your body can restore itself through good nutrition; and over time you will achieve good mental and physical health.
The definition of nutritional eating
The clearest way to define healthy eating is to eat a diet rich in a variety of foods from each food group. Although people tend to disagree on portion sizes, they still agree that the food pyramid is a good guideline and is considered the best way to learn about each food group and the amounts that people should generally eat, especially if you’re recovering from a drug addiction.
What are the nutrients necessary for a successful recovery?
A nutritious diet must include a variety of nutrients to effectively rebuild each aspect of both the physical and mental areas of a person, including the following:
Protein is necessary so your body can rebuild and repair itself.
Carbohydrates give the body fuel for energy.
- Healthy Fats
The good kind of fats also give the body energy and are required for certain chemical reactions to occur in the body, as well.
Key minerals help the body’s metabolism work properly and to keep it in good working order.
Essential vitamins are necessary for the body to perform primal metabolic activities.
Fresh water is the essence of all life and needed by humans, animals, and virtually all plant life. The human body is comprised of 70 percent water and provides the channel for life-giving chemical reactions to occur.
All these nutrients are very essential, particularly when trying to recover from addiction.
How can a poor diet affect your recovery from addiction?
If you’ve managed to get through the initial stages of a drug addiction recovery, you’ll need to now focus on regaining your total health through practicing good nutrition. In order to remain clean and sober, diet is going to be a big determining factor in your success. Failure to start eating healthier will lower your chances of success. Consider the following:
- Eating unhealthy food means you’ll experience a lack of energy and negative thought patterns as a result. How can you stay sober if you’re always ‘feeling’ bad?
- Many people going through recovery turn to food in order to soothe themselves, very similarly to the way they turned to drugs. Avoid sugar at all costs.
- A bad diet equals bad health. Many types of chronic illnesses are clinically related to eating a poor diet.
If you need extra help in your recovery process, whether it’s related to nutrition or not, there’s a helpline available to you 24/7. Call this hotline number: 800-447-9081 right now to talk to someone about the help you need.