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Addiction RecoveryNutritional SupportEffects of Addiction on NutritionAlcoholics often suffer from vitamin B-complex deficiencies as well as shortage of vitamins C and K.

Drug addicts who are hooked on opiates may show deficiencies in vitamins D, B and iron.

Cocaine users have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

Victims of substance abuse experience problems in digestion and absorption.

Nutritional Support for Recovering AddictsEat three meals and three snacks daily.

Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein-rich foods like beans.

Limit your intake of sugary foods.Limit your intake of red meat.

Obtain protein from poultry, fish, and beans.

Avoid caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee, tea, soda, or energy drinks

Carbohydrate-fat-and protein content of your diet must ideally be at a proportion.

Choose healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids, olive oil, and flaxseed oil.

Avoid eating processed foods, artificial ingredients, added sugar and fat.

Quit smoking.

Exercise regularly.

Take nutritional supplements to support your diet and health.Diet Supplements for Recovery from AddictionDL-phenylalanine helps restore normal levels of enkephalins and endorphins.

Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA), which promotes relaxation and calmness.

L-Tryptophan or 5HTP helps improve mood, reduces depression, cravings and insomnia.

L-tyrosine helps improve mental focus, increase energy and reduce craving and depression.

L-Glutamine reduces stress and cravings, especially for sweets and alcohol.

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