Eating healthy shouldn’t be an afterthought during recovery. In fact, adding the right foods into your diet can help repair your body, boost your mood, and give you more energy to endure the hard work of rehab.
If the idea of healthful eating makes your head (and stomach) whirl a little, don’t worry. You don’t need to overhaul your diet at once. Take it slow, experiment with some new recipes, and work your way up to enjoying these superfoods on a regular basis.
- Poultry and fish: These foods are great sources of low-fat protein and also contain an amino acid called tyrosine, which is essential in the creation of the feel-good neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.
- Bananas: This fruit contains tryptophan, another amino acid that’s not processed correctly when using drugs and alcohol. It works to promote relaxation and proper sleep.
- Yogurt: Especially if you’re recovering from an alcohol or opiate addiction, you’ll need nutritional help to repair your gastrointestinal system. This probiotic-friendly food will help eliminate constipation and/or diarrhea and work to get your digestive tract running smoothly.
- Blueberries: These tiny powerhouses are bursting with antioxidants, which can help boost your immune system and rid the body of toxins.
- Vegetables: A vegetable-rich diet helps to restore many of those key nutrients lost during active addiction. Broccoli, cabbage and kale, for example, can help support liver detoxification and dark leafy greens (think spinach) can help heal tissue damage.
- Whole-grain pasta and brown rice. These fiber-rich grains can help jump-start your digestive system, which may have suffered while using.
Nutritional Therapy at 10 Acre Ranch
Proper nutrition is a vital part of healthy rehabilitation, and aids in managing withdrawal symptoms, restoring physical health, and supporting the neurological system. At 10 Acre Ranch, we emphasize the importance of diet as part of a radical lifestyle change. To learn more, call today: 877-228-4679.