Nutrition and the Brain

Nutrition and the Brain

A body in recovery has particular needs. To ensure the body is amply prepared to handle the healing of recovery, it is essential to provide the proper nutrients vitamins. There are a variety of foods that are known to provide the necessary nutrients to keep your body healthy through this process. Antioxidants, omega-3’s and magnesium are powerful benefactors for healthy blood flow and breathing. They are found in superfoods like kale and spinach. They are also widely available in berries, several types of beans, and apples.

Foods that are high in sulfur, as well as antioxidants, are very helpful in healing the liver and assisting in the detoxification process. Broccoli, onions, cabbage, garlic, and lemon are excellent detoxifiers. Or, try prunes, raisins, plums, and oranges to boost antioxidant levels.

To boost brain function and activity and pull yourself out of the fog of addiction, more omega-3’s will do just the trick. Try lentils, avocados, flax, and salmon to help rejuvenate your brain. If you’re feeling low on energy, look for honey, peanuts, and almonds. These are filled with vitamins A, B, E, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron, all of which provide the essentials your body needs during recovery.

It is essential to know why these nutrients are so vital. It all has to do with your brain and the processes your brain controls to manage your body effectively. A neurotransmitter called dopamine is found in the brain, and its function is the regulation of cognition, emotions, and pleasure. The nutrients provided by your food supply amino acids which are the building blocks needed to create dopamine. You can reduce cravings and decrease the risk of relapse by keeping the supply of dopamine within your brain full. It is incredible what a difference a healthy diet can mean to your recovery!

Perhaps the best way to ensure your nutritional needs are sufficiently met is to talk with a professional. Hired Power offers comprehensive treatment planning. These plans are personalized to your individual needs. As part of the planning process, Hired Power can assist in finding a Nutritionist that will work with you to create a nutritional plan that fits into your life and your recovery. Please call 714-559-3919 to speak with Hired Power and begin your treatment plan today!