People have a lot of misconceptions about healthy eating.
We live in an age where everyone proclaims to be a fitness or nutrition expert. Whether you’re watching television or surfing the internet, there are contradictory theories about nutrition and diet everywhere!
So who is right? What’s the best diet to follow? But first, why does what you eat even matter at all?
Nutrition is one of the key components to holistic recovery. Think about it: when you abuse drugs and alcohol, your body takes a beating. Here are just some areas of the body that are harmed by addiction:
- Alcoholism poisons the liver, reducing its ability to store vitamins and minerals. When the liver is overworked, its filtering ability is compromised. A large proportion of heavy alcoholics develop severe alcoholic liver disease.
- Drug and alcohol addiction results in inflamed kidneys, which increases water output. This results in excessive nutrient loss. Even if an addict is eating an adequate amount of food, his or her body is unable to process it as efficiently as someone who is clean.
- Just one drink affects the brain’s ability to control behavior and body functions. Continued drug and alcohol abuse alters the chemical functions of the brain and disrupts the brain’s natural communication system.
- Mucus membranes and tissues. Tissues in your esophagus, stomach and rectum are irritated by substance abuse. You may experience an increased risk of ulcers or gastric distress. Alcoholics face a heightened risk of mouth or throat cancer simply because of the way alcohol is consumed and absorbed.
These are just some of the ways that drug and alcohol addiction damages the body. Fortunately, the body is always adapting. By changing your lifestyle and committing to a healthy, nutritious diet, you can fuel your body towards recovery.
Nutrition Secrets: How Healthy Eating Helps Sobriety
During an addiction treatment program, nutrition specialists on site will help you incorporate healthy eating into your new lifestyle. When combined with fitness and mental wellness, your body will be equipped to heal from abuse.
The following are just some of the ways healthy nutrition helps heal the body:
Food Affects Mood
You’re probably aware that sugar and caffeine can contribute to food swings. By minimizing intake during the early stages of recovery and focusing on foods with higher nutritional content, you will find that you’re in an improved mood. Improved mood with healthy eating can actually reduce cravings for drugs and alcohol. This is especially helpful for newly recovering addicts.
Restoring Physical Health
During addiction, nutrition is ignored. Some people may even be malnourished because they neglected their diet. Eating healthy and whole foods will help you rebuild damaged tissues, organs and gastrointestinal systems. As your gastrointestinal systems improve, your body will be better able to absorb and process foods that are rich in healthy nutrients.
Nutrients give the body energy. Your body can now properly process two important amino acids: tyrosine and tryptophan This energy can be used for physical wellness (exercise and workout routines) as well as nutritional building blocks to restore damaged tissues. As you experience increased energy, you will find it easier to focus on your recovery plan.
Find Nutritional Support After Treatment Ends
Physical healing can be found through nutrition. At JourneyPure, we have made nutrition an integral part of our addiction treatment program.
However, after finishing a formal treatment program, it can be difficult to find the nutritional support you need. You might have questions about specific foods or unsure about what to eat.
No matter your questions, we are here to help. The JourneyPure Coaching app, which is available here for both iPhone and iPad, will help you stay connected in recovery. Nutritional guidance is one of the many benefits you will experience from the app.
A proper whole foods diet coupled with aftercare support will empower you to stay clean, sober, and healthy. The JourneyPure Coaching app with nutritional support is available today.
Contact us to learn more information.