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How To Harness The Power Of Food During Drug And Alcohol Addiction Recovery

There’s no denying that substance abuse affects wellness and nutrition in a negative way. Thankfully, food has always been the respite and powerful tool to act as a remedy against all this and more. Alcohol is known to impede the body when absorbing nutrients and stimulants, and opiates curb digestion and appetite. All these lead to severe deficiencies in the body.

The Problem With Food These Days

Most of the food we consume are toxic in nature

Unfortunately, numerous kinds of food are not rendered safe these days. Too many complications add up largely due to the fact that a plethora of chemicals are ingested alongside the food. Think of the soil, and you will know how its destruction, for the most part, has reduced and even stripped off the natural nutrients in our food. Add to that the food that’s developed inside the laboratory, and several harmful substances are incorporated to it. Now the question is, despite knowing the immense power of food, how can the power of it be harnessed when recovering from addiction?

Classification Of Good Food

Food acts as a preventative measure for the most part — good food, to be precise. So, it’s obvious that a healthy and fit person will be less inclined to succumb to addiction. But the trick lies in finding only those food items that bring about health, healing, and vitality, above everything else.

In these circumstances, it’s worthwhile knowing about the different types of foods that exist:


Most of the packed foods in the USA are GMO foods

The Genetically Modified Organisms are foods usually made in labs and chemically changed (via addition or removal). For example, the first approved GMO produce was tomatoes. Later fresh produce had pig genes structured with it to prevent rotting. But the downside is that GMOs prevent the body to function properly and have widespread linkages with fisheries, earthworms, and frog killings. Besides, they have been found to result in too much of soil erosion. Unfortunately, almost 80% of US packaged foods have GMOs.


Contrary to GMOs, non-GMO foods mean they are not genetically modified. While many foods are marked so, it’s important to note whether or not the DNA structure has been changed or some other DNA has been added to the existing one. At the same time, it doesn’t indicate that non-GMO foods include those that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides — all of which are potent risks for the health.

Organic Vs. GMO

During addiction recovery, always try to consume organic foods

People these days rely a lot on organically certified food. These are usually rendered safe for consumption and haven’t been sprayed with chemicals. Besides the organic ones, there are others that humans can take in knowing they are secure from ingestion of harmful substances.

Local food is usually taken from farmers and not usual corporations that manufacture food from elsewhere.

Humane standards are largely variable. For example, a farmer who knows how to take care of animals and  raises them without inflicting physical abuse is actually working to produce humane meats as opposed to several large meat companies that do abuse their livestock. But then you need to study several standards and certifications beforehand.

Sustainable implies not destroying land and food so that more production can happen while the soil is healthy. One has to study the ecosystem, balance in it, and thereby best farming practices.

Detecting The One

You need to look at the produces, then determine as per the labels marked- which is GMO and which are organic. Sometimes labels come with stickers and codes so know the rules of each before you finalize on what you are purchasing.

Specific Foods That Aid In Recovery

Choose your foods wisely during addiction recovery

Nutrients play a key role in understanding the type of food one must take for they affect the mood, too. In order to recover totally from the adverse effects of substance abuse, you should try bananas, tofu, a variety of vegetables, blueberries, poultry and fish, yogurt, and whole grain pasta.

The Bottom Line

However, this is not to say that the above-mentioned list is an exhaustive one. There are more kinds of food that can be added to this list and would prove beneficial, indeed. But nothing can work if the excess of junk, fattening and sweetened foods are not discarded from the list. Just make sure to put healthy and nutritious food at the the very top of your diet, and soon enough, you’ll notice the difference.

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