Superfoods are those great grocery items that are must haves on any food list for overall health and wellness. No matter how far along in recovery a person is, it is worth checking out some of the most healthy foods on the market and learn how they can support sober living.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids support brain plasticity to improve learning and memory. This is also beneficial in the fight against mental health conditions such as depression and mood disorders. Omega-3 deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of several mental health disorders including ADD, depression, and bipolar disorder.
Chicken and Turkey
Chicken and turkey both contain a wealth of complete proteins, which contain essential amino acids the body needs because it cannot produce them on its own. In the brain, amino acids are turned into neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of happiness and wellbeing, which are often depleted by substance abuse. Dopamine plays a key role in reward-motivated behavior and chronic substance use can alter the dopamine system. Substance abuse can deplete stores and lead to aggressive behavior.
Broccoli, Cabbage, and Kale
These three greens are the top of the Brassicaceae family which provide detoxification and health benefits to the liver. Toxins can accumulate in the body and brain where they may sit for years, or even a lifetime. Toxic overload can be hard on the brain and endocrine glands of the hormone system which makes it all the more important to incorporate these leafy greens into a healthy, balanced diet.
Dark, leafy greens such as spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, and mustard greens are packed with micronutrients that function as antioxidants and help reduce and eliminate oxidative damage caused by free radicals. These highly unstable molecules can travel around the body stealing atoms from other molecules, killing cells and igniting stress. Dark leafy greens are also rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients which can help the body process toxins and heal tissue damage.
The biggest thing to remember about superfoods is to incorporate them in moderation within a balanced diet. Speak with a nutritionist who understands addiction and recovery or a treating physician who can guide the way to a healthier diet. Some people like to try these superfoods in smoothies, others put it in cooked meals or salads. Focus on trying new types of nutrient dense foods on a regular basis. Consult with people who understand personal needs for nutrition and will help develop a meal planning system that brings superfoods into a weekly rotation. Not only will this benefit mental health but also physical health over the long term.
Cypress Lakes can help you find balance for your mind, body, and spirit. We will support you in developing healthy food habits, eating well, and getting on track with your goals. We are here to help you develop a better focus on your recovery now and in the future. Call us to find out how to get started. 877-938-1577