As it’s widely known, drug detox is the first step of getting rid of addiction, and this is quite a hard step to make and handle. During detox process, depending on the kind of the drug that is abused, a person may experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, sweats, tremors, coordination problems etc.Though it is different for everyone, it is still an extremely uncomfortable time. Luckily, there are a few ways that may help one to alleviate unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and make detox period a bit more bearable. Also, those are generally good ways to prepare one’s organism for a more healthy lifestyle and make a body more functional and friendly toward its owner.
Being repeated over and over by all professionals, the first thing to do is to avoid any intoxication during the time one’s body is getting clean. In other words, abstention is a must. There is no way to succeed in detox if you are just putting new portions of substance in your body instead of toxins leaving your system at the time, right?
Also, physical exercises are a good thing to do. No matter what kind of sports you choose, it will help you to sweat properly, what is exactly required for our body to release more toxins. Other ways of intensive sweating are also perfectly suitable. For example, if you are a sauna lover, go for it! Moreover, salt baths have proven to be quite a good assistant in opening body pores and getting impurities out of it. Just one thing to bear in mind here – make sure whatever you do is ok for your health! Too much of exercise or sauna, or even wrong choice of a detox help option may cost a lot more than a few extra unpleasant hours or even days.
Establish solid regime. Drug abuse leaves little (if any) time to ensuring good contact with body and having proper sleep or eating habits. Professionals estimate the amount of sleep an average person should have between 7 to 9 hours a day (meaning, a night, messing up those too is not ok). Other means that can reduce overall amount of stress one experiences during detox are very good as well, such as massage, family or friends’ involvement and support, fresh air and new positive experiences etc.
Last but not least, healthy diet is a must as solid as abstention. Not only will it help to bear hard burned of detox process, it will also create and maintain proper balance of nutrients, vitamins and other things our organism needs to function as effectively as possible. We offer you shortlist of a few foods and liquids that are necessary for our bodies in general, and especially within drug detox period.
Detox causes serious dehydration of one’s system. So, the first thing to do about it is rehydrate it! Scientists suggest that people drink from 9 to 12 glasses of water every day to ensure necessary balance. Moreover, water is helpful in elimination of muscle aches that are withdrawal symptoms from certain kinds of drugs. It flushes out toxins out of our bodies and by it significantly speeds up detox process. However, it is important to not drink too much wishing to alleviate it. If you have any doubts, it is better to consult a doctor.
Fruits and Vegetables
Being the foods that contain a big amount of fiber, those are extremely useful. A great diversity one can choose from leaves no excuses for not eating them. 5 to 9 serving every day would really give a detox process a go!
While fruits and vegetables themselves are very good in filling one’s system with nutrients and vitamin, drinking juices is a shortcut to delivering these into one’s body. As nutrients is exactly what a body assimilates, you can eat about five times more of fruits or vegetables to get the same amount of those you would get if you would drink only juice of those. This may be particularly necessary in cases when a person has heavy or extreme level of intoxication, as by drinking juices one may get way more of vitamins.
Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries – all those are a great source of anti-oxidants. They strengthen your immune system, protecting you from disease during detoxification, and add to nutrients and vitamins level in your body. Moreover, berries often mean sun and warmth, why not let them bring you good mood as well?
This food contains probiotics that are quite good at helping our digestive tract handle hard days, such as those of disease or detox. It is light and handy thing that is especially helpful if there’s little time, strength, skill or even desire to cook something.
Chlorophyll that such green stuff as spinach, barley, wheatgrass, spirulina, celery, kale, chard or other food contains is a big helper to our digestive tract as well. It successfully cleans a body from harmful toxins and provides some aid to our liver which is, together with colon and kidneys, is a basis of our own built-in detox system.
Seeds and Nuts
Flax seed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, Siberian cedar nuts and almonds are your friends during detox. Those find and drive out impurities out of our bodies along with bringing us healthy fats.
Green or Ginger Tea
Known supporter of liver functions, green tea quickly and effectively flushes toxins out of one’s system and provides a lot of anti-oxidants. Ginger tea contains active substance called gingerol that makes a person sweat faster, thus speeding up detox process. These two make a good company to other healthy food here.
Good in helping to deal with depression and keep one’s cravings under control, this ingredient can be found in avocado, fish, almonds or olives.
Last but not least, cravings during detox may actually be a signal that you’re hungry. As drug abusers normally do not have good diets and eating regimes and also lose connections with their bodies and ability to recognize its signals, hunger may be confused with withdrawal symptoms. So if you are having cravings, try eating something from the list above. Also, remember that no foods themselves will help you detox. But they can be of a lot of help to make your detox bearable.