Addiction takes a toll on the mind and body — namely, the digestive system. Gut health impacts overall well-being in numerous ways, many of which are still being studied and analyzed by scientists. Binging alcohol creates challenges for the digestive recovery of already-detoxed users. Furthermore, individuals in recovery may be prone to intense mood swings which are prompted by hunger or nutrient deficiency, sending panic signals to the brain.
Staying mindful of meal selection along with scheduling timely ingestion constructs a benchmark for the body to regulate cravings and operate at full potential. People in recovery typically lack necessary nutrients, particularly in the first year of recovery. The recovery process often leaves individuals seeking a replacement for their substance of choice, leading to a significant uptick in caffeine, sugar, and/or tobacco consumption.
These substitutes — while they are improvements from alcohol and/or substance use — fail to provide the balance of nutrients necessary in a healthy diet or fully satisfy our hunger cravings. The goal is to introduce a conscious diet routine in hopes of nurturing long-term recovery and health.