Lifestyle: The Importance of Nutrition for Recovery

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If you stop to consider all the damage you have done to your body while consuming any kind of substance whatsoever, you will know just how important nutrition is on the road to recovery. Actually, nutrition plays a three-part role in recovery and each of these roles is equally important for continued sobriety and health. Many treatment centers now specialize in nutrition therapy to give you a better quality of life once you have overcome the obstacles of any bad habits you had.

Stage One: Flushing Toxins from the Body

If you have taken anything toxic for any length of time, like cigarettes, alcohol or drugs, the body is not only broken down but also loaded with poisons that need to be flushed completely from the system. These toxins are often in the form of free radicals that float freely through the blood stream or attach themselves to tissues in major organs. Nutrition can help flush these toxins through the intake of substances referred to as antioxidants. Foods known to have antioxidant properties are any orange or purple fruits and veggies. Of particular benefit are berries and leafy green vegetables.

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Stage Two: Beginning the Healing Process

Once the body had been rid of toxins, it can begin healing. Bear in mind that most drugs, including alcohol, caffeine and tobacco, have caused a great number of nutritional deficiencies. Before you can rebuild anything you need to assemble the building blocks and in this second stage of the recovery process you will be gathering the building blocks (nutrients) necessary for healing. A thorough medical workup may be in order to see just which organs have been affected in order to choose the proper healing nutrients, but it is a good guess to figure Vitamin E, A and C along with zinc supplements would be a good place to start. You are not yet ready to rebuild healthy tissue. At this stage you are simply looking to begin mending the wounds.

Stage Three: Rebuilding Healthy Tissue

Now that the body has been thoroughly flushed of toxins and the healing has begun, it’s time to focus on nutrition that will rebuild strong cells that have been damaged. A good rehab program will provide a nutrition therapist to work out a tailored nutrition plan for you based on your particular needs. While there are foods and beverages that are healthy, you may have special requirements based on the areas of damage from your particular addiction. Some drugs are filtered through the kidneys for example while others are stored and eliminated through the liver.

While counseling and regular attendance at NA or AA leads to recovery through taking back control of your life, nutrition therapy helps you take back control of your body. The three stage process involves cleansing, healing and rebuilding. Proper nutrition can do all this in the background while you consciously work towards the 12 steps to sobriety. The two work hand in hand and one without the other is so much less effective. With nutrition therapy, a sound 12 step program and professional guidance, you can succeed so give it your best!

This article was brought in my an external nutritional expert

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