5 Types of Foods to Strengthen Your Recovery
A life in recovery demands higher nutritional needs. Different substances such as alcohol, opiates, cocaine, and marijuana strip key nutrients from our bodies and it’s vital to reverse these effects.
Vitamins and minerals such as serotonin (promote happiness), GABA (controls stress reactions), and dopamine (impacts emotional response) are three key items that are affected by addiction.
These five types of foods will replenish your mind and body.
Calcium Rich Foods
Calcium can be found in kale, sesame seeds, tahini, cheese, beans, almonds, yogurt and salmon. These foods help protect your heart, liver, bones and reduce your blood pressure.
Research also shows that people who have higher levels of calcium in their blood have less severe withdrawal symptoms and are less likely to relapse.
Water, Soups, Stews and Smoothies
Substance abuse strains the digestive system, resulting in the body having issues processing fiber-packed foods. By putting high-fiber foods into soups, stews and smoothies, your body will digest it better.
These foods also will keep you hydrated, which is important because it decreases cramps, fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, depression and nausea.
Besides being a great go-to snack, nuts help rescue people from sugar-crashes. They are rich in fatty acids, restore calcium levels, and restore liver function.
Nuts like walnuts and chia seeds are rich with fatty acids which help reduce anger and fight depression.
Fermented foods such as kimchi or miso are superfoods that boost gut health. These kinds of food help repopulate your stomach with beneficial bacteria, which impacts your serotonin levels, GABA and dopamine.
Fermented food also eases pain, improves your mood, and decreases inflammation throughout the entire body.
Carbs provide the body with energy and fiber. Foods like potatoes, oats, whole grains and brown rice are all packed with nutrients.
Eating carbs increases insulin levels, which helps with your mood.
All these different types of food are also rich in B vitamins which give your body more energy, allow for deeper sleep, heal faster and resist relapse.
Test out these foods in your diet and start repairing your body in recovery.
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