To go through detoxing is to remove harmful toxins from the body. For someone who has been on drugs and is looking for a way to detox or someone currently working through a detox program, it’s important to understand that there are two objectives to detoxing. The first objective is removing harmful toxins, while the second is to replace the harmful substances with healing, nourishing counterparts.
Detoxing can take time and patience, but the rewards at the end of the process are worth the time and effort. In general terms, planning a detox menu for most drug addictions should include lots of the following:
- Fruits (avocados and berries) and raw vegetables
- Whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, millet)
- Multivitamin supplements
Diet and Health Suggestions for Specific Drug Detoxing
Drug addictions come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s only natural that the detoxing requirements for one type of drug will be different from another. Below are some common categories drugs fall into and the types of detoxing each requires.
Methamphetamine and cocaine are some of the more well-known stimulants. They cause the body to kick into overdrive, convincing it that it doesn’t need food or sleep. Someone coming off an addiction to a stimulant will likely need lots of fluids and plenty of sleep, as well as healthy combinations of the foods mentioned above.
Marijuana is a little different. This drug creates an appetite in users, so watch out for high-calorie, fatty foods when detoxing. In fact, you’ll need to reduce your caloric intake as you eat healthy foods that will strengthen your body.
Alcohol consumption can lead to massive intakes of empty calories with little to no nutritional value. People with alcoholism can have a problem with fluid, protein, and electrolyte balance as well as a lack of folic acid, vitamin B6, and thiamine.
The deficiencies in all these areas can cause damage to important body parts like the pancreas and liver. It can also lead to seizures and high blood pressure.
If you or a loved one is combating alcoholism, take special care with your diet. It will be important to maintain a well-balanced, appropriate intake of healthy foods.
Healthy Lifestyle Practices
Eating and drinking the proper foods will help you greatly as you go through your drug detoxing. Some other helpful lifestyle tips that will also benefit your recovery include:
- Getting enough sleep
- Exercising regularly
- Maintaining a positive perspective
- Avoiding cigarettes
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