As the addiction problem continues to grow in the United States and around the world, experts are increasingly looking at how essential healthy eating can be during a recovery. According to David Wiss, a registered dietitian nutritionist and founder of Los Angeles-based Nutrition in Recovery, the idea of nutrition being vital for addiction recovery is yet to pick up steam in most treatment providers. Here are a few points that clear the air on how essential healthy eating is during addiction recovery.
Different kinds of addiction influence the body differently. One thing remains certain though, a healthy diet is always useful in during an addiction recovery process. As experts note, people addicted to Opiate tend to be low in calcium, vitamins D and B6, and iron. For people who are addicted to cocaine, they usually are omega-3 fatty acids deficient. For alcoholics, they can get low on most nutrients. Alcohol generally causes the body to burn out a lot more nutrients than other triggers.
Nutrition clearly plays a vital part in assisting addicts recover. Unfortunately, most addicts do not quite feed right even when they’re undergoing recovery. Experts recommend that addicts take less sugar, fewer refined carbohydrates and more proteins. They also encourage addicts undergoing recovery to go high on fiber and healthy fats (nuts and flax seeds). They advise recovering addicts limit their amount of processed food and caffeine.
While people recovering from addiction are generally malnourished thanks to the kind of food they eat, David Wiss has one great piece of advice for such people. Watch your blood sugar changes, because they have a direct link with mood swings and depression. And when your mood gets to change or you get depressed early in your recovery process, there is a high probability that you will relapse. It might not be quite evident, but dieting can seriously hinder recovery from an addiction. Health experts ask that addicts be watchful of this and take every necessary precaution to successfully go through their recovery process.