When we hear the word “detox,” we may think of cleansing the body of “toxins” by eating certain foods that are part of a diet or by avoiding solid foods altogether and consuming just liquids such as juice cleanses. But when we are speaking of “drug detox”, this refers to the body removing harmful substances like drugs and alcohol from your system. When we detox, we are getting rid of the bad, but we do need to replace it with some good.
How Vitamins Can Help With a Drug Detox
Detox from drug and alcohol abuse is uncomfortable and even painful because of the withdrawal symptoms. As an added burden, your body is also hurting from the lack of nutrition from not eating right. There are a couple of ways we starve our bodies of nutrients during the course of drug addiction:
- Increased Appetite – substances can cause food cravings such as heroin users to crave sweets such as candy. People that use Marijuana get the “munchies” and therefore eat quick and easy low-nutrient meals such as fast food to curb this craving.
- Decreased Appetite – Users of meth, crack, and cocaine often has no appetite, so they aren’t making poor choices in food but not eating enough.
- Empty Calories – Alcoholics consume large amounts of calories, but their calories are from alcoholic drinks, which have no nutrient value at all.
- No Nutrient Absorption – Certain substances can cause nutrients not to be absorbed by the body even if the user eats a healthy meal.
Vitamins are Essential to Your Overall Health
Vitamins are an essential part of your body’s everyday proper functioning. They are especially necessary when you are going through drug detox; they help remove toxins and rebuild the immune system. They also may help you with anxiety and insomnia that can be brought on by withdrawal symptoms. Here are a few vitamins and minerals that help remove toxins and will help aid during a drug detox:
- Multivitamins – During an addict’s drug or alcohol use, many soluble vitamins are depleted, especially during withdrawal. Not having enough vitamins is usually a cause for feeling tired, skin problems, lack of memory and depression in the early stages of recovery. A right multivitamin can help cover all the basic vitamin needs and help you to feel a bit more “normal.”
- Vitamin B’s – B vitamins help clean and quickly remove the body of toxins. They help turn sugar into energy, produce blood cells and get the digestive system back on track.
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C supports the immune system and can help reduce stress during the withdrawal process. You can find Vitamin C in natural sources such as fruits and vegetables.
- Vitamin E – This vitamin helps reduce the damage done to the body from chemicals. It restores proper function to blood call hand helps repair skin damage that may have been a result of drug usage.
- Calcium and Magnesium – These help calm the central nervous system and relieve anxiety, which is very helpful in the early stages of detox, which can be severe.
- Protein – We know that proteins are broken down when you eat. The amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, help rebuild damaged cells and also can help reduce cravings by creating neurotransmitters in the brain.
There are many ways you can get the vitamins you need. At the beginning of your drug detox, you may not feel like eating, but the medical staff should provide you with a multivitamin in the meantime. When you do start eating solid foods try to balance it with protein, carbs, and plenty of fruits and vegetables, and don’t forget to hydrate with plenty of water.
We Are Here to Help You With Your Drug Detox
At Allure Detox, we not only help our clients stop using safely – we help them on the road to a better life. From 24-hour medical staff to therapists and nutritionists, we promise that patients leave our care with more than good health at their disposal. Our focus is on minimizing your withdrawal symptoms to a comfortable level while beginning the comprehensive treatment process that will keep you sober.