What is Clean eating? Clean eating is merely what it sounds like, eating clean foods. This would be chemical-free foods that aren’t sprayed and don’t have additives or random things added to your foods such as a tomato having the genes of a pig (GMO). How do you find foods which don’t have pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides sprayed on them, and aren’t made using GMO methods, or don’t have other harmful toxins in them? Lucky for you these are all classified under one term, Organic. Besides the big sign that points to “Organic Produce” there is another way to find out if your fruit or vegetable is Organic or Genetically Modified, if for example, you’re at some general store or a cafeteria. If you pick up a fruit, say an orange, you will notice a sticker attached to it. On the sticker there is a code of digits. If there is a five digit code that starts with the number 9 this signifies it is an organic orange. If however, it is a five digit code beginning with the number 8 it is a GM orange.
Eating whole foods, vegetables, fruits, and good fats and high-quality proteins that are Organic, and avoiding sugar and things that turn into sugar once eaten such as grains, would be an excellent way to feed your body healthy, clean foods.
Drugs deplete your body’s supply of vital nutrients and interfere with its natural abilities to heal and produce its own vitamins and minerals and to absorb an intake of vitamins and minerals. They often make you so disconnected from your body and surroundings that you don’t know when your stomach tells you that you are hungry, or when your sensory perceptions alarm you of pain. Addiction causes damage to your body to such an extent that you need to heal it, not only organ by organ, but on a cellular level. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can actually cause such metabolic imbalances that it can create addictive cravings and other mental symptoms that can block recovery and potentially lead to relapse.
A number of drugs interfere with digestion and absorption of food which includes vitamins and
minerals, resulting in deficiencies and so nutritional needs are increased.
One prime example of a necessary vitamin that you can get from oranges and other citrus fruits, kale, collard greens and other green leafy vegetables, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is such an incredible vitamin for drug rehabilitation. This vitamin is severely depleted by drugs and alcohol. It has been shown to prevent and to minimize the toxicity of drugs and allergic reactions. It has been proven to help with withdrawal, such as from Opioids, and to decrease dependence on drugs like Morphine. Some withdrawal symptoms that vitamin C helps with are stress, anxiety, and depression.
Nutritionist Adelle Davis wrote in her Drugs Versus Nutrition, on Detoxification by Vitamin C:
“When 300 to 800 milligrams of vitamin C were given daily with a single drug, the period of treatment
was considerably shortened, and larger, more effective doses could be used when needed. The
vitamin also helps to prevent the liver damage known to be caused by a number of drugs.”
One other extremely important class of vitamin worth expounding upon are the B vitamins. B1 is similar to vitamin C in that it helps with withdrawal symptoms but it also helps with moodiness or nightmares that occur from the depletion of this vitamin. The B vitamins are neuro-protective and they too, provide the potential to reduce addiction.
Some depleted vitamins and minerals from drugs that should be replaced include:
The B Vitamins (Citicoline, Niacin, B1, B2, B5, B6 and B9)
Some examples of specific addiction-caused deficiencies are:
Alcohol: B1(thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B6(pyridoxine), and B9 (folate) are common B vitamin deficiencies brought on by drinking, and can lead to complex issues such as neurological disorders. Other common deficiencies of vitamins and minerals include, but aren’t limited to, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron.
Opiates: These include Heroin, Opium, and Morphine but also prescribed medications (such as OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta, Demerol, Fentanyl, Dolophine, Vicodin, Endocet, Percocet, Methadone and so many more). These do so much damage to the body, and it’s various functions, one of which is the digestive system. Other examples could include nausea, vomiting, breathing issues, loss of memory, and depression.
Stimulants: These would be Crack, Meth, Ecstacy, Ritalin, Adderall and Nicotine. Stimulants create nutritional deficiencies in multiple areas. A prime issue with Crack and Methamphetamines is that they often times cause users to stay up for days, which is wearing on the body. Other issues could include convulsions, malnutrition, brain damage and so on. There is also a host of emotional problems such paranoia, anger, anxiety, panic, depression, and psychosis.
Clean Foods, A Clean Diet
Foods that help counteract Alcohol depletion:
Foods that replenish Opiate depletion:
Foods that help with depletion caused by stimulants:
In addition to food, hydration is also a key element to implement when recovering from drug
addiction or alcohol dependency as water is greatly depleted from the body, and alcohol in particular, is notorious for dehydrating the body. Your body needs to be hydrated to function at all. Every cell, tissue, and organ needs it. It boosts your immune system, which fights against disease, illness, and allergies. Water carries what we need to heal and grow, it also helps the liver and similar organs to carry away waste from the body. Drinking plenty of water helps one recover from the effects of addiction and also helps cleanse the body of an unhealthy diet, pollutants, and other harmful toxins. If one has been vomiting or having diarrhea from the effects of the toxins expelling from one’s system it is vitally important to increase water intake.
One way to help your body use the water you drink is through Electrolytes. Electrolytes are made up a group of over 70 vital minerals like Potassium, Magnesium, Sodium, Chloride and Calcium. Electrolytes balance the systems in the body which regulate not only hydration but also nerve and muscle function, immunity, digestion and overall recovery.
Foods and Drinks that help with Electrolytes and Hydration:
Electrolyte packets that can be added to water
What drug addiction and alcohol abuse are doing essentially, is giving the body poisons which deprive it of its natural resources and confuse its functions and capabilities, but you are healing the body and now giving it what it needs not only to repair itself but to function properly and operate well. There are many elements to taking care of the body, exercise, sleep, hydration, but one of the first orders of business is to ensure clean eating.