Didn’t think that food could help the recovery process speed by? Think again! Believe it or not, certain foods make addiction recovery more bearable and faster. Here are 10 foods that will help you during recovery.
Almost everybody in the world knows that we should eat more vegetables – whether we’re in recovery or not. Bad nutrition choices and addiction go together like bread and butter – causing malnutrition in the process. Green veggies help offset malnutrition. Think kale, spinach, carrots, and the other “boring” classic health vegetables you were taught to consume by shovel full as a kid. There’s nothing boring about being healthy.
Eating food is hard during the withdrawal phase. That’s why whey, which contains a lot of healing amino acids, helps nourish your nervous system. This is done when your body produces repairing chemicals.
Spinach boosts your immune system – which was most likely damaged by addiction. This means that you’re more susceptible to diseases and other toxins; becoming sick is easier. Your liver/digestive tract and skin are aspects of your immune system. Spinach is considered a “food of superheroes” because it is ruch in iron, magnesium, fiber, and a boatload of essentials vitamins that the body needs.
Drugs and alcohol wreck your gastrointestinal system. This means that both constipation and diarrhea appear frequently and annoyingly. The probiotics found in yogurt help your digestive tract.
I make a point to buy a few bags of frozen broccoli at the grocery store. Here’s why: aside from repairing the liver, broccoli is worth buying by the boatload because it:
- prevents cancer
- aids in digestion
- lowers risk of diabetes and heart disorders
- boosts cognition and memory
- reduces pollution in your body
- prevents inflammation
You’ve probably heard about matcha green tea. Everybody is talking about matcha for a good reason: It is full of important minerals like selenium, zinc, magnesium, is rich in antioxidants (which purges toxins from your system) and has amino acids like L-theanine which are a natural form of stress relief that promotes relaxation.
The liver produces bile to break down any fat – which can be detrimental to your liver, especially when it’s been drowning in toxins. The fat found in tofu isn’t broken down by bile, which puts less stress on your liver, helping it to heal. It’s like a recuperation period for your liver.
Abusers are often unusually low in magnesium and potassium. This leads to weakness, severe confusion and feelings of fatigue. Sound familiar? Luckily, bananas are rife with electrolytes, which take care of these problems. Bananas also naturally boost your dopamine and serotonin levels. The wave of euphoria and “feel good” emotions are one of the causes of drug addiction.
Button mushrooms are great for boosting your immune system. They’re high in riboflavin, high in niacin, and they’re a fantastic source of B vitamins. Nobody can go wrong by adding mushrooms to their diet.
If you haven’t made water your best friend, you should. Water helps tremendously when it comes to removing addictive substances from your system by flushing out toxins and “lubricating” all your organs to work more effectively. I enjoy my water with a twist of lemon and dropping some slices in the cup.
Boosting your recovery doesn’t have to be a battle. These are just a few foods that you can consume to bring your immune system and health back up to par. You will find that you will become a healthier you in no time.