Author: Justin Mckibben
Detoxing after a prolonged period of substance abuse or addiction can be the hardest part of getting off drugs or alcohol. Most people want to find the easiest, quickest way to get through the process in a comfortable and healthy way. Some people assume the easiest way to cleanse their system is with a healthier diet, and so they ask- what food can detox my body from drugs?
While it is important to try and nourish your body as best you can, there may be some misgivings as to how this will help.
What Food Can Detox My Body from Drugs: Is food enough?
The first thing we need to emphasize is that a “food detox” alone is not a sufficient enough strategy to treat any real substance use disorder. Without medical detox to provide support for adverse health effects, or to monitor in the event of new complications, it can be dangerous.
In fact, there are many substances, including alcohol, that have incredibly dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Some are even potentially fatal. So to rely on a clean, strict diet as the only means of detoxing the body from the effects of drugs or alcohol is an unnecessary risk.
Without the therapeutic assistance and support of addiction specialists, it can be an incredibly stressful and overwhelming process. While some aspects of a healthier diet can help gradually clear the mental fog, that alone is still not enough to deal with co-occurring issues like:
We will talk about some foods that can help, but we also want to let it be known to anyone who may read this that a better diet isn’t going to solve the problem.
What Food Can Detox My Body From Drugs: Diet tips that may help detox
Detox is often a different experience depending on the individual. The kind of drugs you used and for how long will determine the kind of damage the body has to bounce back from. Food is not a complete plan for a safe detox and should always just be one aspect of a comprehensive recovery plan.
Still, we want to include a few kinds of food that can aid in the comfort level and progress of detoxing from drugs. Fruits and vegetables are huge and pretty much all are helpful, but here are a few examples.
Ok, so it may not be a “food” as much as a beverage, but it is essential to life in general. Experts do suggest that 9-12 glasses of water a day can help clear the kidneys and liver of built up toxins.
For an added bonus- include lemon. According to the World Health Organization, citrus fruits are rich in the antioxidant de-limonene, a powerful compound in the peel that stimulates the enzymes in the liver to help flush toxins from the body.
Curcumin, a compound derived from the bright-orange spice Tumeric, works as a powerful anti-inflammatory in the liver. A study in the journal Gut states that enhancing you diet with curcumin could significantly reduce bile duct blockage and limit scarring (fibrosis) by interfering with the chemical reactions of the inflammatory process.
Some research trials have also suggested Tumeric can be used as an anti-depressant. A recent study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research with 60 volunteers diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD), such as manic depression, showed that patients found cucumin as effective as Prozac for managing depression.
While there are very few human studies, this research was the first clinical evidence to suggest Tumeric could be used in this capacity.
This green vegie (great with a side of steak) is not only credited as a hangover cure, but the amino acids and minerals in asparagus may also protect liver cells against toxins. This natural diuretic is said to also flush the excess toxins from your system.
Yes, even these roots are great detoxifying foods. Beets contain a type of antioxidant called betalains that help repair and regenerate cells in the liver. You may notice you keep seeing the liver as a repeat customer on the list. That is because the liver is the body’s primary detox organ, so any food like beets that provides it with extra support can help ease through cleansing the body.
Again, this one is all about fixing up the liver. According to a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers found a clear connection between increased vitamin E intake and a decrease in liver cancer risk.
In a study the participants who consumed the most vitamin E in almonds, which came to about 15 almonds, displayed a 40% lower risk of liver cancer than those who consumed less.
While these can be substituted for almonds as a good source of fiber, they also provide a decent dose of magnesium. This mineral keeps blood pressure normal, maintains steady heart rhythm. Many drugs can do some serious wear and tear on the heart and blood pressure, so in the process of trying to regulate these while detoxing, sunflower seeds can do some good.
Since there are those who are opposed to any meat, we won’t pretend meat is the only source of protein. However, given the amount of stress the addicts body can experience, protein is big on helping repair tissues and cells while restoring organs. Go with fish and chicken, or go vegie with stuff like
- Rice and Beans
You can also look for more natural protein supplements.
Fish, nuts, avocados and certain oils contain fats that can help satiate the body. They’re also high in Omega 3. This fatty acid is believed to not only help avoid feelings of depression, but some also say it relieves the cravings associated with addiction.
Seaweed and Algae
Now you may be thinking- wait, these are food?
Yes, and they are a powerhouse supply of good stuff for a detoxing body. They are rich in a source of nutrients and antioxidants, including:
- Vitamin B, C and E
They fight inflammation and damage to tissues caused by free radicals. Seaweed and algae are also rich in:
- Protein and amino acids that help the body to fight infections
- Fiber that encourages the growth of good bacteria in the gut while maintaining bowel regularity and removes toxins and fats from the body
They also help detox our body by protecting the liver from toxic damage. Seaweed and algae are a good source of:
- Iodine, which is essential for metabolism
- Magnesium and potassium which protect blood vessels and fight the effect of stress
Nutrients in seaweed and algae also support the health of adrenal glands, which can suffer constant stress, resulting in chronic fatigue, mood changes and damaging the immune system. Seaweed and algae do a lot of amazing stuff for a detoxing body.
What Food Can Detox My Body From Drugs: The Best Way?
Again, there is a great deal of good a more balanced and healthy diet can do when recovering from substance abuse. The above list provides a few examples of some great additions to your diet while trying to build better physical health.
Yet, it is important to remind the reader that food in itself is not the best way to detox the body from drugs.
Drug addiction is a very complex disorder, and it impacts the individual in unique and devastating ways. While a strong diet may help with comfort through the detox period, the body and the mind will typically need much more support. A safe medical detox, complete with a clinical staff and therapeutic support, is best for building a foundation for holistic healing. Empowering the body by being nourished is a big bonus. A safe medical detox facility should provide a balanced and supported diet while helping the individual with any needed medications and other support.
Addiction treatment centers like Palm Partners that recognize the important nutrition plays health living, and in addition to addiction treatment we use this knowledge to help clients not only to sustain a healthy recovery but also a healthy mind and body. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free now.
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By Cheryl Steinberg
Even if you don’t read this entire article, at least scroll through and make note of the so-called health foods we’ve named here as mythical beasts when it comes to health foods. What’s in common to most of the following is the high amount of hidden sugars. So, next time you’re grocery shopping or out to eat, keep in mind that the key to eating healthy is knowing what’s in your food (and drinks).
Here’s why juicing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (and other health food myths):
A lot of people think you can’t go wrong with granola when it comes to a healthy breakfast or even as a late-afternoon snack.
The problem with granola is, as we mentioned above in the intro, that it tends to have a ton of hidden sugars.
“People think of granola as healthy because they think whole grain, but the problem with granola is that it tends to also have a lot of sugar and its often cooked with oil or butter and some kind of fat,” Jennifer Schonborn tells Mashable.
So, with all that the sugar and fat, granola is actually high-calorie food. For example, a normal serving of Nature Valley’s Oats ‘n Honey granola is half a cup and will run you 210 calories.
#2. Fruit smoothies or veggie juice
One of the biggest health fads going on right now is juicing. And it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. Just grab a bunch of fruit and veggies, juice them, and go!
“When you juice fruit, you strip out the fiber, causing a more rapid spike in blood sugars and insulin levels,” Jennifer Calo tells Mashable. “Juicing multiple fruits at once is definitely too much sugar from the fructose.” To be more satisified, Calo insists people eat a salad or a pear or apple with its skin still on, and to spread out fruit and veggie intake throughout the day.
A good motto to have is this: Don’t drink your calories.
#3. Low-fat ice cream
Low-calorie and low-fat ice cream seems too good to be true. And, unfortunately, it is. First of all, most of these food products have a lot of chemicals in order to make them seem and taste “just like” real ice cream. Furthermore, artificial sweeteners may actually lead to cravings for more sweet foods, which basically undermines the purpose of a sugar-free, low-calorie dessert.
Better to have a small portion on the real thing than a substitute that will leave you craving more.
#4. Flavored yogurt…yes, Greek yogurt, too
A popular on-the-go healthy snack for adults and children is flavored yogurt. However, the amount of added sugars in these yogurts, including the supposedly healthier Greek yogurt alternative, makes this a no-no for those who are health conscious and who want to slim down or simply want to cut back on the amount of sugar they’re eating.
For example, Stonybrook’s organic Greek nonfat yogurt, which is a single serving, contains 17 grams of sugar. To give you an idea of what that means in the scheme of things, a single serving of Haagen-Dazs strawberry ice cream has 20 grams of sugar. So, basically, eating flavored yogurt is like eating a glorified version of ice cream that just happens to have a few beneficial bacteria.
A healthy alternative is to buy plain yogurt that you can sweeten yourself, using with honey or maple syrup, which are better natural sweeteners than highly refined white sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Also, by doing it this way, you can control the amount of sweetener that’s going into your yogurt. Or sweeten with fresh fruit.
#5. Restaurant food
This especially goes for cooked chicken. Chicken is often thought of as a healthy, lean protein and people who are health-conscious tend to opt for chicken when eating out.
However, when eating out at restaurants, you should be aware of the dish’s preparation; those chicken dishes could be loaded with calories from being cooked in loads of butter, oil, salt, and even cream.
For reference, The Cheesecake Factory’s healthy-sounding lemon-herb roasted chicken is around 1,250 calories.
Your best bet is cooking at home. Of course, going out to eat occasionally is perfectly fine. If you are concerned about how a dish is prepared, you can always ask your server.
#6. Energy/snack bars
Energy bars like Cliff, Luna, and Fiber One are also a popular “health food” because they are easy to grab and eat on-the-go.
But, again, they contain a ton of sugars. If you compare energy bars to candy bars, they often have the same amount of sugar – or more – as well as include some of the same chemicals and artificial sweeteners.
Fiber One granola bars, for example, have about 20 ingredients including corn syrup, sugar, food dyes, and palm oil. You might think that the trade-off is worth it because of all the supposed healthy benefits of eating a granola bar. But, in reality, these products don’t even make up for their high sugar and calorie content; there aren’t enough minerals and vitamins to make it worth it.
The best snack options include fresh fruit, raw nuts, and natural nut butters.
#7. Vitamin Water
You see the words “vitamin” and “water” and you think, “This has to be healthy.” Unfortunately, it’s yet another case of good branding. Vitamin Water is slightly less bad for you than soft drinks are.
Most Vitamin Water flavors have as much as 31 grams of sugar – or more, which is almost eight teaspoons of sugar – and all in one serving!
If plain water is too plain for you, try seltzer water or adding a lemon or lime to your water. Another helpful trick is to make an effort to drink your water with a straw and/or use a favorite glass or bottle. These little tricks actually really help when trying to up your water intake.
#8. Reduced-fat peanut butter
Peanut butter is known for being high in protein and calories, so some might be tempted with the option of reduced fat. Well, don’t be.
All-natural full-fat peanut butter is your best bet, since reduced fat actually has added sugar to make up for taste.
#9. Agave syrup
Replacing actual sugar with a product like agave nectar might satisfy your sweet tooth but it’s not any healthier than regular ol’ sugar. Natural sweeteners are still sugars with the same worrisome amount of calories as sugar and honey (60 calories per tablespoon).
Look for “whole grain” foods if you want to eat healthier. Labelling breads and other foods “multi-grain” just means that there are two or more grains in the ingredients, which means, this has nothing to do with health and how refined or unrefined the flour base is.
Instead, look for 100% whole wheat, which means that the entire grain kernel has been used so you’re getting as much fiber and nutrients as possible.
If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 today to speak directly with an Addiction Specialist. All calls are professional, confidential and anonymous.
Author: Justin Mckibben
These days the food industry has learned how to hijack our hormones, taste buds and brain chemistry in a form of biological deception rooted in one of our deepest addictions: sugar! That’s right, one of the deadliest and most addictive drugs on the planet.
One of the most insidious and well-established drug dealers in the world is the one trillion dollar industrial food system. That vast empire of snacks is responsible for contributing to tens of millions of deaths every year, and they’re making money doing it. The industry siphons trillions of dollars from our global economy through the loss of human life and natural capital, and all the while they invest oodles of monies into food engineering to keep you hooked.
In order to break free from any addictive substances and reprogram your biology, you need a detox plan. With sugar you have to develop a detox from the drug-like foods and beverages you’ve been hooked on.
Does this seem a little extreme? Well prepare to be flabbergasted! Science now proves sugar is more powerfully addictive than alcohol, cocaine or even heroin. Research has established that food and drugs have a similar effect on the brain’s reward center, and sugar – not fat – is a worse offender when it comes to causing cravings, according to a 2013 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
And if you’re thinking about going for diet soda instead, take note: Artificial sweeteners may be more addictive than regular sugar. So basically substituting for maintenance drugs won’t benefit you. A sugar detox is possible, and can be a great way to get yourself feeling better and balancing yourself out. It’s great for your body, and can even help lift that mental fog or achy groggy feeling. Here’s 7 hints for a healthy sugar detox.
- Cold Turkey
For drug detox plans it’s often necessary to have medications to help, but not so with sugar. There is however a better diet plan to make your detox more productive and healthy. For 10 days stop all forms of:
- Flour products
- Artificial sweeteners
Cold turkey with most drugs is a scary concept, but with proper diet detoxing from sugar is a little easier.
- Don’t Drink Calories
Any form of liquid sugar calories is worse than solid food with sugar or flour, it’s like mainlining sugar directly to the liver. It turns off a fat storage machine in your liver, keeps you from feeling full, and is also the single biggest source of sugar calories in our diet. That includes:
- Sodas (“POP” where I’m from)
- Juices other than green vegetable juice
- Sports drinks
- Sweetened teas
Beware the dreaded soda machine!
Protein is essential to balancing blood sugar and insulin and cutting cravings. Breakfast is very important, so start the day with whole farm eggs or a protein shake.
- Unlimited Carbs
That’s right! UNLIMITED! At least for your 10 day detox. Did you know that vegetables are carbs? And you get to eat as much as you want. There is one catch, it has to be the non-starchy veggies, including:
- Green beans
These are just a few examples of the veggies you want to focus on.
- Make Friends with Fat
Fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does. Fat makes you full. Fat also balances your blood sugar and is necessary for fueling your cells. Have good fats at every meal including:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Coconut butter
- Omega 3 fats from fish
Remember, healthy fat is not the enemy here. This 10 day detox will prove it.
- Breathe Easy
Stress makes hormones act out, which makes cortisol go up, which makes you hungry and causes belly fat storage. Keeping stress out of the equation will make your detox so much easier and healthier.
Studies show that deep breathing exercises activate a special nerve called the vagus nerve that not only eliminates stress, but shifts your metabolism from fat storage to fat burning. Try taking deep breaths, and even try some breathing exercises before meals.
- Sleep It Off
Getting less sleep drives sugar and carb cravings by affecting your appetite hormones. If you don’t sleep you crave more energy and opt for ingesting quickly absorbed sugars. Healthy sleep is the best way to fight against the drive to overeat. Depriving yourself of even a few of the recommended 8 hours can have a devastating effect. Make sure to relax and rest easy, especially during this 10 day detox period.
The role of nutritional therapy in addiction treatment is often overlooked, but good nutrition can not only help the body heal itself, it also is helpful to other physical and mental health problems, and not just masking the symptoms like many medications do.
Addiction treatment centers like Palm Partners that recognize the role nutritional therapy plays in addiction treatment and use this knowledge to help their clients not only to sustain a healthy recovery but also a healthy mind and body. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
Food addiction is still a much-debated topic, with many questioning whether it’s an actual addiction, like that of alcohol addiction or other drug addiction. Others argue that what people would consider an addiction to food is in actuality a type of eating disorder.
However, a wealth of research currently supports the idea that certain foods, especially those that are high in levels of fat or sugar, can have a powerful addictive effect on people who consume these foods.
Just like with other drugs, sugar consumption produces a release of dopamine from the nucleus accumbens—known as the reward center of the brain. To reiterate, this process is much the same as the response generated by drugs from brain neurotransmitters. Recognizing these powerful addictive properties of sugar, several rehabilitation centers have begun to provide rehab for sugar addiction among their other rehabilitation programs.
Dr. Paula Peeke, is a best-selling author, her book entitled The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction, and serves as senior science advisor for Malibu Vista, which is one of the first treatment centers to offer rehab for sugar addiction.
Dr. Peeke knows that labeling food as an addictive substance is a controversial topic but, she also refers to the growing body of research that supports the idea that foods can be addictive. “That word, ‘addiction,’ is thrown around everywhere,” she said. “We had to have specific [and] powerful science to help us understand that this isn’t a copout with food.”
Rehab for Sugar Addiction?
Among the newest tools in accurately diagnosing food addiction, Peeke cites the Yale Food Addiction Scale –a 25-point questionnaire developed by Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, which is based on DSM-IV codes for substance abuse criteria.
The first step is identifying whether an addictive cycle has been established by the person. Peeke says that a “recovery nutritional approach” like rehab for sugar addiction can help redirect the person toward making healthier nutritional choices.
“We look for all those foods that were going to make you absolutely satisfied, cut your carb cravings [and] give you pleasure so that you don’t care about that sugar anymore, because you have countless alternatives,” explained Peeke.
What do you think? Can food addiction, and specifically, sugar addiction be a real thing? Is sugar addiction treatment necessary?
If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, it’s not too late. Help is available. Please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 to speak with an Addiction Specialist. We are available day or night to take your call. You are not alone.
Author: Justin Mckibben
The differences between luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL and a traditional drug rehab are more related to the financial aspects than to the quality of overall treatment. Many traditional drug rehabs offer exceptional treatment programs, including exceptional resources and staff. However due to financial constraints do not offer some of the more lavish and exquisite accommodations and amenities that luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL do. Even though luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL and a traditional drug rehab are different, this does not mean that a traditional drug rehab in is any more or less effective than luxury rehab center. Here are some the more exclusive factors of luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL.
Luxury Rehab Centers in Palm Beach, FL: Accommodations
This is a huge element in what distinguishes any luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL and traditional rehab facilities. Luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL tend to offer somewhat more spacious and decorative surroundings in comparison to a traditional drug rehab, although both are designed to be comfortable and effective. At luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL you can expect to stay in nothing less than a plush condo, suite, beach house, mansion, bungalow, penthouse, etc. The more expensive the rehab, you can expect to enjoy some pretty grandiose residence to spend your time in while you make the transition.
Luxury Rehab Centers in Palm Beach, FL: Transportation Services
Making the decision to commit to one of the luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL may leave you asking many questions, one of them being – how will I get around? Although your primary focus will more than likely be on getting treatment and not transportation, when it comes to luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL you might get a lot more. Most luxury addiction treatment centers offer limousine services or personal drivers to its clients between the residence and any appointments or therapy throughout the course of treatment. Traditional drug rehabs usually do not offer personal drivers but provide shuttle services and group busing to and from treatment.
Luxury Rehab Centers in Palm Beach, FL: Nutrition and Diet
At luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL as well as a traditional drug rehabs each person is offered the ability to learn about nutrition. Good nutrition is vital to a successful recovery, especially when addiction can overpower the need to eat proper and healthy meals, and because the individual is in a period where their body needs to be well nourished while readjusting. The difference in nutrition services offered by luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL and a traditional drug rehab range from personal nutritionists, catered meals, personal fitness instructors and exercise plans.
Luxury Rehab Centers in Palm Beach, FL: Spa Experience
At a traditional drug rehab you may get to experience a massage once or twice during your stay, but attending luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL gives you the opportunity to enjoy the entire spa experience. The best part is, unlike traditional rehab centers, you can expect to have the opportunity to take advantage of all spa services on a weekly basis.
Luxury Rehab Centers in Palm Beach, FL: Catering
Another difference between luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL and a traditional drug rehab is the way you eat. At luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL you have special catered meals for you that are only gourmet and from diets tailored to the individuals specifications. You can request special meals and also work with your nutritionist on these things where as a traditional drug rehab has a more general cafeteria schedule for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although even in traditional drug rehab facilities the food is typically beyond expectation.
Luxury Rehab Centers in Palm Beach, FL: Holistic Healing
Luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL offer a variety of holistic experiences to promote healing of the mind, body and even spirit. These types of recovery programs are designed to give individuals who are struggling a new perspective on sobriety and therapy by approaching the problem from all sides. That being said, holistic programs are not something exclusive to luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL. This type of program is innovative in many ways for being offered at some traditional rehab centers as well.
The difference between luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL and a traditional drug rehab may seem vast now that we have gone over some of the variations, but the fact is when it comes to getting your life back and making paramount changes there is no difference in drug and alcohol treatment. The fundamental purpose of any drug treatment regardless of whether or not it is one of the luxury rehab centers in Palm Beach, FL or a traditional drug rehab is to help each individual make a change for the rest of their lives that allows them to live life to the fullest while also addressing the disease of addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135