Nutritional Health In Recovery

Nutritional Health In Recovery

Nutritional Health In Recovery

Individuals struggling with addiction often suffer from malnutrition and various other health ailments brought on by substance abuse. For this reason, nutritional education is a crucial part of recovery. The Crosby Clinic has certified chefs at our Escondido residential rehabilitation that help individuals learn proper nutrition and healthier eating habits.

Although the majority of people understand the dire impact poor nutrition and lack of exercise has on our bodies, those struggling with addiction take poor diet and lifestyle choices to a whole new level. Poor nutrition and exercising habits can have a profoundly negative impact on our lives. Nutritional foods are a necessity when it comes to fueling the body and providing building blocks for replacing damaged cells, maintaining the body’s functions and structures, and enhancing grown.

Addiction And Poor Nutrition Is A Vicious Cycle

Unfortunately, a lot of individuals struggling with substance abuse place a higher priority on their substance of choice rather than focusing on eating healthy food. It can be extremely difficult to break this cycle, but it is imperative to do so in drug rehab.

During drug treatment, proper nutrition plays a critical role in helping addicts rebuild their bodies. Nutritional education and therapy address essential nutrients that are often missing from the body due to poor diet and lifestyle choices. Adequate nutritional education will help you effectively return these essential nutrients to the body. Dietary regulations and restrictions, vitamin and mineral supplements, intravenous nutrition, and amino acid dips are some effective options in nutritional therapy. Before starting nutritional therapy, patients receive blood work and hair analysis to determine which nutrient deficiencies the person is struggling with.

Nutritional Recovery Guidelines

Nutritional education and therapy is an effective way to help individuals change their poor habits into positive ones. Individuals learn how to make healthier food choices in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle. When individuals feel better, they are less likely to relapse. Balanced nutritional helps individuals improve their mood and their health simultaneously. The new food pyramid from the US Department of Agriculture emphasizes areas individuals should focus on throughout and after their rehab. These include:

Implementing fresh fruits and vegetables: These foods help individuals lower their blood pressure, thus reducing the risk of strokes, heart disease, and digestive problems.

Eating enough grains: Grains are an essential part of healthy eating as they prove to be a good source of complex carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and fibers.

Vegetables and animal proteins have some similar health values. Beans, nuts, and whole grains are excellent natural sources of protein. Fish and poultry are other great sources. Individuals should avoid cold cut meats, hot dogs, and other processed foods.

Fats can be good or bad. Unsaturated fats can help stabilize heart rhythm, ease inflammation, and improve blood cholesterol.  Trans fats, like those found in snacks, prepared foods, margarine, French fries, and processed foods, are the worst type of fats you can eat.

Get Help At The Crosby Clinic

The Crosby Clinic’s inpatient rehab emphasizes the importance of maintaining a healthier lifestyle, especially during recovery. Individuals can learn nutritional values and focus on exercising in order to overcome addiction, improve their moods, and improve their overall health. Contact us today at (760) 751-1234 to see how our treatment programs can help you.



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