If someone asked me if I was hungry after 30 minutes of eating, I would probably say I could eat more. That is me now, however I was never like this before. To be honest, I fell in love with food when I was going through medical detox from drugs and alcohol abuse. While I was in rehab in Idaho, I learned how the average supermarket can be a hospital for someone in recovery like me.
I’m Andy and I have recently reached a decade of being clean and being sober. My journey to recovery was not easy, and was something I could not do alone. A great support group, education on drugs and alcohol, and practicing mindfulness all played a role in my recovery, but a healthy nutrition was of the most important.
The three superfoods that I am going to describe to you, regularly feature in my diet, and helped me to reach sobriety.
3 Body Detoxing Superfoods
Before entering rehab, if you had what free radical meant, I would guess it was some new age punk band. It isn’t. Our bodies need molecular structures to survive, but we put ourselves in danger of diseases, if our bodies leave them unchecked. This is why we have antioxidants, like blueberries, to keep an essential balance.
Blueberries are filled with antioxidants, helping to keep toxin and free radicals in check by improving my body’s immune system. I personally like to throw blueberries in my morning shake every morning.
When leaving the house, most people like to make sure they grab their keys, phone, wallet, purse, work or school documents. Me? Yes, but I also grab one other important thing – a banana. Bananas are an awesome source of natural energy and full of healthy vitamins.
Bananas also contain amino acids called tryptophan, important in forming serotonin. Serotonin is important to those in addiction recovery, which promote a healthy sleep pattern and more relaxed feeling.
Poultry & Fish
Speaking of important amino acids, here is another – tyrosine. Drug addiction causes the sufferer to be unable to process amino acids correctly, denying the benefits they hold. Tyrosine is vital when making neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. Both of these provide a sense of well-being and mental clarity, which is key for those in addiction recovery and detox.
High protein foods, such as fish and poultry, contain tyrosine. I like include these foods as part of my diet.
It’s not just recovering alcoholics and drug addicts that can benefit form these wonderful and, yes, delicious superfoods. Anyone looking to detox and cleanse their body in a completely natural and nutritious way will feel their benefits working within a few short days.
There are more superfoods out there, and it is all about educating yourself as to what they are and what benefits they hold.