Is Nutrition A Crucial Element to Healing in Recovery?
Nutrition is a common pre-requisite for health, yet so many people miss the mark on the recommended vitamins and minerals needed for optimal functioning. Those who have struggled with addiction often find that nutritional balance is even harder to maintain because substances tend to take over influence of the mind, body and spirit. Eva Selhub, MD and contributor to Harvard Medical School’s Health Blog, described the very importance of nutrition for the body by comparing it to maintaining a car. She stated, “Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress – the ‘waste’ produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells.”
Addiction recovery is considered a time for healing of the mind, body and spirit, and food fits into this accordingly. Conscious Lifestyle Magazine highlights that for many cultures, food takes on a deeper spiritual role – speaking to our deepest emotions. In addiction recovery, the mind and body need time to heal and rejuvenate from the harsh effects of substances. Proper nutrition can help provide balance and stability during this time, which ultimately means a more efficient recovery.
A 2016 study published in the Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy sought to explore the effects of nutritional therapy on those recovering from opioid addiction. Out of 121 patients in a treatment center, 10 were selected for nutrition therapy while another 10 were selected for treatment as usual. After six months of assessments, the researchers concluded that nutrition therapy not only can improve deficiency concerns for those in recovery, but it can also improve their social lives, too. Why is this?
As a 2017 review titled “The Importance of Nutrition in Aiding Recovery from Substance Use Disorders” indicates, nutrient deficiencies can promote mental health issues such as anxiety and depression – both of which cause us to pull away from others. If you’re considering adding nutritional therapy to your treatment regime, know that it has a strong potential to change your life for the better by getting your mind, body and spirit in better alignment.
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