Maintaining a healthy recovery post addiction includes several factors such as mental, emotional and physical health. This can include your nutritional intake. Living a healthy lifestyle in which you are supplying your body with the essential vitamins and minerals it requires leads to boosting your overall health, speeding up recovery, elevated moods and keeping vital organs running properly. Below are a few foods that will increase your overall health.

Due to addictions with smoking or lack of exercise our lungs can develop issues. Foods that are rich in antioxidants, omega-3 and magnesium are great to improve our lungs which can improve blood flow and breathing. Try leafy green veggies such as kale and spinach or flax seed, chia seeds and salmon are high in omega-3’s, kidney beans, artichokes, apples and pinto beans are all high in antioxidants.

Addiction involving alcohol, or any injected drug can have a severe effect on our liver. Our liver is responsible for detoxing harmful chemicals and free radicals that may be ingested. A liver that is functioning poorly may cause the individual headaches, allergies, weight gain and tiredness. Try to target foods high in sulfur that can help detoxify the liver. Onions, brussel sprouts, garlic, cauliflower, beetroot, lemon and cabbage are all great detoxifier and help to further eliminate buildup. Foods high in antioxidants can help the healing process as well such as berries, plum, prunes, oranges, pink grapefruit, apples and pears are just a few that are all high in antioxidants.

Lack of energy: Nuts such as almonds, peanuts, pistachios are excellent sources of minerals that contain vitamins B, A and E, calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. Healthy carbs like whole grain breads are excellent for an added energy booster. Honey is another energy source and is packed with essentials that our bodies need.

Water, water, water: We as humans depends on water for optimal health and overall survival. Water eradicates toxins from vital organs and flushes the body. Instead of waiting for thirst to kick in try consuming water through the day.

Nutrition and a healthy recovery from addiction are linked. It’s important to strive for a well-balanced diet and consume little to none packages foods or foods loaded down with artificial flavors including high amounts of sugar.