Cumulative damage from addiction can impact mood, behavior, memory, impulse control, and cognitive functioning. The brain is very forgiving as it can regenerate and rewire through a process known as neuroplasticity. Psychotherapy highlights growth and repair along with the healing required by incorporating healthy eating habits and critical nutrients into your diet.
Do’s and Don’ts
You will want to incorporate some of the following on your journey and avoid other things which can derail your recovery.
- Provide energy with complex carbs
- Supply essential fats with omega 3 fatty acids
- Normalize neurotransmitters
- Hydrate with water
- Limit intake of fruits and vegetables
- Allow inflammation to get out of control
- Consume too much saturated fat
- Have unbalanced blood sugar
- Consume more than 1-2 cups of coffee a day
Why it Matters
When you are in recovery, you need lots of complex carbohydrates. The brain prefers sugar for energy as it takes up 25% of your total energy. In order to heal, the brain needs sugar and at least 120 grams of carbs per day. Limited stores of glycogen are in the livery which makes it necessary to replenish it throughout the day. Getting plenty of sleep will help the brain heal as well.
Storing your body with essential omega 3 fatty acids from fish oils, nuts, and flaxseed (among others) aids the body in cell repair and maintenance. The body needs to repair itself to get the nerve cell receptors working.
The other way to get things working in the body is to eat foods high in quality nutrients that will support stabilized mood, reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. All the neurotransmitters are formed from monoamines, the building blocks of proteins. High quality proteins provide essential amino acids provided from lean meat, fish, dairy, soy, nuts, and beans.
When you hydrate properly with water, it helps replace fluid loss of at least 2 quarts or 8 cups per day. An additional 8 cups is provided by the food you eat because food is made up of water. It is important to note that water toxicity can happen if you drink more than 4 quarts of water at once. It helps to keep active while burning off some of the water in your system and replacing it throughout the day. Exercise and healthy eating are, in balance, great ways to deal with recovery well.
Sound Recovery Solutions provides space for you to heal. We offer training on how to provide the right nutrients for your body and your individual situation so you are able to heal from addiction. If you are struggling with addiction and need support, call us. We will help you get on the right track: 561-257-3576