Healthy Nutrition Helps Reduce Cravings and Improve Mental Health
Alcoholics and drug addicts often eat poorly and typically suffer from malnourishment. Any food eaten during active addiction cannot be properly broken down and utilised by the body. Their bodies become starved of essential nutrients and are unable to function properly. Eventually this can lead to irreversible damage.
Healthy diet and nutrition are vital aspects of my recovery program. Eating a healthy nutritional diet during recovery will help repair the damage caused by abusing alcohol or drugs. My treatment program also uses nutrition to reduce the cravings for alcohol and drugs.
Alcohol contains vast amounts of sugar. An alcoholic’s body associates drinking alcohol as a way of controlling blood glucose levels. Cravings for alcohol can occur when blood sugar levels dip.
Alcohol and drugs disrupt the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are the brain’s chemical messengers that communicate information throughout the body. They also affect our moods and can cause adverse symptoms such as mental health disorders when they are out of balance. The imbalance of neurotransmitters, caused by abusing alcohol or drugs, drives the addict to abuse alcohol or drugs even further in an attempt to correct the disparity. In effect, addicts become trapped in a vicious cycle.
I recognise that food can play a crucial role when recovering from addiction or trying to improve mental health. I create personalised food plans for my clients. Each plan uses essential amino acids to correct the imbalance of neurotransmitters and ensures that blood sugar levels are kept stable. Healthy well-balanced meals will also replenish nutrient deficiencies caused by addiction.
My nutrition plans are designed to reduce the cravings and therefore reduce the chances of relapsing. They also help improve mental health.
If you or someone you care about has a problem – or even if you’re not sure – please contact me on 07999 456 777 for confidential help and advice. It could be the best decision you ever make.