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Nutritional Knowledge Everyone In Recovery Needs

Nutritional Knowledge Everyone In Recovery Needs


Nutritional Knowledge Everyone In Recovery Needs
Malnutrition can be a common ailment in most people that have an addiction. Drugs and alcohol can suppress an addict’s appetite. Foods rich in nutrients are necessary for proper body function and addiction tends to desolate the body’s ability to absorb those essential nutrients. Determining the type of malnutrition that takes place in the body, depends on what the addiction is for.



Deficiencies
  • Opiates
    • B6
    • Calcium
    • Iron
    • Vitamin D
  • Cocaine
    • Omega-3
  • Alcohol
    • B6
    • Folic Acid
    • Thiamine

Alcohol also tremendously affects major organs that involve nutrition and metabolism. The liver, which removes toxins, and the pancreas, which absorbs fats and regulates sugars, can be thrown off which results in a disproportion of electrolytes, fluids, and proteins.  Some damage of the body may be beyond repair, but proper nutrition can be instrumental in restoring function to tissues and organs, including the brain.

The benefits to eating healthy can make an addict feel better, adjust their attitude, or improve their body image. Providing the body with the nutrients it needs is the goal of healthy eating. There are two categories of nutrients called macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients account for carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and water which the body thrives on. Micronutrients  are essential in small amounts that include vitamins and minerals.

Macronutrients

Carbohydrates
  • Provides the body with glucose. When glucose is converted to energy it maintains bodily functions and supports physical activity.
  • Healthy resources
    • Beans
    • Low-fat dairy
    • Nuts
    • Potatoes
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Whole grains
      • bread
      • cereal
Fiber
  • Type of carbohydrate that is not responsible for fueling the body with energy. Fiber regulates blood sugar and helps lowers cholesterol.
    • Soluble
      • Dissolves in water to absorb into other parts of the body.
      • Loosen stools to prevent constipation.
    • Insoluble
      • Does not dissolve in water. Aids in moving food through the digestive system.
      • Bulks stools to prevent diarrhea.

  • Healthy resources
    • Apples
    • Beans
    • Brown rice
    • Carrots
    • Nuts
    • Oatmeal
    • Tomatoes
    • Wheat bread


Protein
  • Proteins are considered the building blocks of life due to amino acids which are ingested through proteins. Weight loss, growth and development, the repair of cells, creation of new cells, and regulation of hormones associated with mood are all regulated through the protein’s amino acids. Proteins also boost the immune system which could be weakened by addiction.
  • Healthy resources
    • Beans
    • Eggs
    • Fish
    • Lean Beef
    • Low-fat Dairy
    • Lean Poultry
    • Nuts


Fat
  • Healthy fats help provide energy, have protective effects for cardiovascular disease, and help absorb vitamins.

  • Healthy resources
    • Dairy
    • Fish
    • Nuts
    • Omega-3
    • Seeds

Water
  • Essential for body function since the body is composed of 70% water including the most of the blood composition and cells.

  • Healthy hydration resources
    • Cucumber
    • Low-fat Milk
    • Soups
    • Low-sugar sports drinks
    • Strawberries
    • Water
    • Watermelon

Micronutrients

Minerals and Vitamins
  • Eating a balanced meal keeps the body functioning normally and healthy with the help of vitamins and minerals.

  • Healthy Resources
    • Beans
    • Dairy
    • Fruits
    • Peas
    • Peanuts
    • Seeds
    • Vegetables
    • Whole grains
      • cereal
      • bread

Learning to have a healthy diet is knowledge everyone in recovery should have. Recovery is treating the body, mind, and spirit. The body can be treated by eating healthy and replenishing a body that was once afflicted with addiction.

The answer to recovery is Simple. Simple Recovery has a passion for transforming lives through residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient programs. Built on action, our treatment plan encourages movement in life, bringing clients back to work, back to school, or involvement with meaningful volunteer work. For information on our addiction treatment and dual diagnosis programs for men and women, call: 877-312-7440

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