Alcohol and other drugs can cause macro and micronutrient deficiencies in the body, which is why many people with addiction also go on to develop depression, anxiety, fatigue and more. Some substances lead to an increased appetite, which causes weight gain – while others may suppress appetite, causing metabolic and digestive tract issues. Fast food often becomes a top choice for those in addiction recovery because it’s convenient to get – and when substances are priority, nutritious food moves lower and lower down the ladder of importance.
If you’re starting your recovery journey and you’re ready to regain the hydration that you’ve lost from active addiction, nutrition therapy is going to benefit you in so many ways. With a nutrition therapist, you’ll cover the nutrients that you need, as well as some constructive plans for how to eat throughout the day in order to heal your body in the most efficient way possible. Today’s Dietitian has highlighted 4 nutrients are some of the most common ones missing from peoples’ diets – and by ensuring these become part of your daily regime, you’ll be one step ahead on the road to recovery.
- Carbohydrates – they aid in the production of serotonin, which plays a major role in sleep, mood, and food cravings.
- Amino Acids – known as the building blocks of protein, which affect a person’s mood and aggression. If a person is low on amino acids, they may turn to substances to satisfy that need.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids – these nutrients help in the uptake of neurotransmitters, which have a direct connect to mood. A proper balance of Omega 3’s can help a person maintain optimal functioning.
- Insulin – after a person has carbohydrates, insulin is released, which impacts serotonin levels. Eating foods such as dairy and meat can provide more insulin.
Along with drinking plenty of water and getting proper exercise, you’ll be on a great path towards wellness in your recovery. Speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights today to learn more about enhancing your diet during recovery.
Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.