As you’ve no doubt discovered, drug or alcohol recovery is a tough time for your mind and body alike. If you’re in recovery for substance addiction, you need to address nutritional needs to boost your physical health while you’re on your journey. Food can also lift your spirits and improve symptoms of depression and stress. Some snacks can pull double-duty: meeting your body’s physical requirements while boosting mood, attitude, and overall outlook.
When tensions mount, your body reacts with a spike in your blood pressure. Nothing to worry about when your readings occasionally rise, but chronic high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Stock your pantry with nuts to temper short fuses and other sources of stress. Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine show that people who snack on nuts live longer and are generally healthier due to the combo of fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. These nutrients actually lower your blood pressure and may help you feel calmer. Walnuts may be especially good for those who suffer from depression as well as an addiction; they contain omega-3, a fatty acid that’s great for combating the blues.
Have a Spot of Tea
If you’re feeling wound up, herbal tea may help you relax. Herbal teas have been used for centuries to heal. Chamomile is thought to reduce anxiety, while green tea can help lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. The key for a stress-free cup of tea is to forgo the caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, and may leave you feeling agitated.
You may crave your substance of choice while you’re in treatment. It’s common and normal, but you need to be strong to avoid giving in. When the cravings hit, eat a piece of cheese. Sounds crazy, but according to University of Michigan researchers, proteins in dairy products (especially cheese), act on the reward center of the brain. This is the same spot that tells you “I feel great” when you drink or use. If you can get that same feeling from food, isn’t it worth a try?
Indulge in a Treat
Addiction recovery is fraught with physical and psychological challenges. Don’t forget to treat yourself from time to time, especially when you’re feeling discouraged. Chocolate may just the right indulgence at your most trying times. Research suggests that dark chocolate lowers your levels of stress hormones, and may improve your mood.
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