Nutritional Tips For Family Members In Addiction Recovery

Addicts put their bodies through hell when they are in the depths of their addiction.  Continually consuming high concentrations of alcohol and other drugs breaks down the body’s natural systems.  In addition, addicts tend to enjoy foods that are high in junk and low in nutritional value.  Beginning the road to recovery should be accompanied by bit of education and nutritional guidance.    

Addicts must try their best to repair the physical damage done to their bodies, and a well-balanced diet just might be the best way to begin that healing.  Take a moment to read through this short overview of some of the most effective and healthy dietary choices an addict in recovery can make.

Electrolyte imbalances caused by dehydration

One of the best ways to fight the dehydration commonly seen in alcoholics and other addicts is to simply drink more water.  Up to six glasses (8 ounces per glass) of water per day will make a valiant start towards hydration, eating foods that contain vital electrolytes will also help restore hydration. 

A few examples of hydrating foods are:

  • Bananas, strawberries, and sweet potatoes for their potassium.
  • Leafy veggies, grains, beans, and nuts are good for their magnesium.
  • Cheese, yogurt, meats, and beans are an excellent source of calcium.
  • Table salt helps the body retain water.

Crippled immune system due to heavy using

Due to the commonly horrid dietary habits of addicts, they are typically lacking in vital nutrients used to assist the body’s immune system.  Weakening the immune system leaves the body at risk for disease and illness.  Here are a few foods to remedy the addict’s weakened immunity.  

Fruits and vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, apples, oranges, and grapes.

Whole grains and foods low in saturated fats.

Foods rich in iron, zinc, folic acid, selenium, Vitamins A, B6, C, D, and E.

Chemical lifehacks for addicts

Our brains are also heavily dependant upon the foods we eat.  Neurotransmitters may not be as clear and concise in their functions without the proper dietary supplements.  

When the brain’s chemicals are imbalanced, it places the addict at a higher risk of relapse.  Here are a few chemicals that will help lower that risk and ward off temptation at its root.  

Tryptophan – Boosts serotonin levels in the brain.  Present in turkey, eggs, cheese, and nuts.

Folic acid – Eggs, soybeans, and any organ meats like liver.

Omega 3’s – Fish, salmon, cod-liver, and soybeans.

Tyrosine – Fish, bananas, almonds, and avocados.

Addiction affects the digestive system too

The best thing a recovering addict, mainly alcoholics, can do to repair their digestive system is to start adding fiber to their diet.  Stay away from foods composed of white flour.  

Eat 100 percent whole grains and wheat pastas.  Brown rice, black beans, artichokes, and peas are also excellent for the digestive system.