Recovering alcohol and drug abusers face a lot of complexities while normalizing their lifestyle. The substance which they intake has a tectonic toll on them physiologically and psychologically, particularly on their physical health.
Binge to Beat the Bodily Blues
It is known that substance and alcohol intake hampers some of the vital organs of the body. Alcohol subdues various natural functions and processes of the body. For example, it subdues the process of breakdown and assimilation of essential nutrients which the body derives from food. This, in turn, results in a deficiency of various significant nutrients.
So, does it imply that to curb a harmful addiction, one can liberally indulge in any munching spree? Not necessarily. But when one has bigger demons to slay, a harmless and transient unhealthy eating habit will not affect in that gravity.
Lose the Diet Chart
While in the recovering phase, one can treat one’s taste buds.
Yes, during that period the physical body yearns to retain energy. Overcoming an addiction affects one’s health. Alcohol and substance usually lower one’s routine appetite impedes the functions of the body, affects mental capabilities like focus, ability to concentrate, etc.
The body needs vitamins and other nutrients to naturally repair the damaged tissue and other ancillary organs.
The body already lacks in all of these. Thus, one can cheat the diet chart for a while to achieve complete recovery from addiction.
One can freely binge on snacks, sweets, and other items which are termed taboo according to your dietician and gym instructor.
In spite of lenient and lax dietary guidelines for recovering alcoholics, one cannot overlook the ill-effects that excessive sugar intake can pose. Best rehab advice is to regulate the sugar content in one’s diet during the recovery period.
The logic behind the sugar barring is the relation between alcohol and sugar.
Alcohol addicts absorb 50 percent or more of their total daily calories from alcohol. The rest of the calories are derived from junk foods. They only generate empty calories which exhaust the body of its nutrients.
Alcohol alters the brain in several ways. It fiddles with the desire to eat and affects natural appetite. The tendency to eat gets suppressed. Alcohol gives a humongous amount of wasteful calories which provide transient energy and short-span euphoria. It makes the individual hyperactive and he or she tends to exert additional energy during that euphoric phase. This causes a sudden drop in blood glucose levels that leads to sluggishness and fatigue.
To counter this state, the individual tends to overeat. Consumption of sugar and caffeine help them to bounce up the lost energy back again.
Excessive sugar and caffeine, as it is very commonly known, have another set of regressing results on one’s health.
Pave the way for proteins
Amino acids play an important role during the recovery process
Alcohol is a stimulant for the brain. Thus, undoubtedly the body needs the additional content of proteins to normalize the functions of the neurons and other cells which get disrupted by alcohol chemically.
Thus, foods dense with proteins and omega three like flaxseed and fish oil must be prioritized.