Why Fueling the Body Supercharges Recovery
Ongoing use of harmful substances such as alcohol, meth, cocaine, prescription opioids, heroin or other drugs depletes the body of its natural restorative abilities. Over time, internal systems’ optimal function is compromised, putting a person at risk for developing other health complications such as heart disease, liver disease, digestive issues, mental disorders and more.
Addiction adversely affects the body’s chemical balance at the cellular level, which is why recovery needs to be just as deeply rooted. Here’s one look at how substance use alters the body:
- Our blood has a pH level between 7.35 and 7.45.
- The lungs and kidneys work tirelessly to ensure this pH level is maintained.
- Active drug and alcohol addiction feeds acidic pH blood levels, stressing the body and increasing the risk of ill health and disease.
Detoxification helps to cleanse the body and the brain, easing the process of maintaining a normal pH balance. To help transform the body to a more alkaline state, a diet rich in leafy greens, fruit and water help continue the process of detox and support balance physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Other foods – including lean protein, nuts and whole grains – are not known for alkaline properties, but when eaten in moderation and supplemental to vegetables and fruit, they round out nutritional balance. Healthy diet also promotes an emotional and spiritual sense of well-being.
Here are two primary considerations when fine-tuning your own eating habits. Click on either item to learn more:
Nutrition Tips for Addiction Recovery
In addition to watching sugar and preservatives in foods, you should take preventative measures wherever life takes you to will keep on track and feeling great.
To monitor portion control, follow these two steps and never doubt mealtime again:
- Don’t wait until you’re hangry (hungry and angry) to eat.
- Use single serving guidelines on food packaging.
- The size of your fist, clenched, should match the size your meal.
Another great tool is to use feelings in your decisions about sustenance. Consider how a food will make you feel before, during and, moreover, after. This will help you make healthier choices.
Here are some additional nutrition tips. Click on either one, or both, to learn more: