We all know by now that what you eat has a big effect on how you feel. Studies show that there is a powerful connection between the gut and brain. Research has found that people with IBS may have depleted microbiota levels and also have depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. One study published in the journal General Psychiatry found that having a thriving and wide array of gut microbiota can help provide the nutrients and vitamins your brain needs to stay healthy. Every year, it seems, new studies are being published which indicate that the old adage is true – you really are what you eat! If you’ve been considering learning more about nutrition read on to discover why studying nutrition during recovery may be a good idea.
Nutrition is Key during Recovery
The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has labelled nutrition as “an essential component of treatment and recovery from substance abuse disorders.” This is because some people with substance abuse disorder can be malnourished owing to unhealthy diets. This is particularly true for those who have had addictions to substances like heroin. One study showed that up to 65% of intravenous drug users met the criteria for hunger. In order to correct the deficiencies caused by past drug use, it is vital to have a personalized nutritional plan. Studying the science of food and how it affects the body can motivate you to work alongside nutritionists. You can then devise a diet plan that addresses your specific needs.
The Importance of Specific Nutrients
When you study nutrition, you learn about the effects that specific nutrients can have on your health. This is particularly important if you are following specialist diets. For instance, those following a Keto diet consume specific proteins, some of which are high in fat which improves brain function. When you are new to nutrition, you may think that foods such as fat are inherently unhealthy. However, choosing healthy fats (such as salmon, tuna, and other fatty fish) is actually vital when on Keto. The delicate balance between foods like proteins, carbohydrates, and fiber is a fascinating subject of study.
As you recover and get back to everyday responsibilities such as obtaining employment, you may wish to specialize in helping others who are in recovery. If so, nutrition is an excellent avenue to select. As a nutritionist or clinical dietician, you can create bespoke programs for your clients, helping them target specific needs. Some clients, for instance, may have additional goals such as weight loss or muscle building. Your knowledge can help them achieve these goals, which will provide them with much-needed motivation as they make their way through recovery.
There is a strong link between substance abuse and poor nutrition. If you are in recovery, studying nutrition can help you make choices that will improve your physical and mental health. It will also teach you vital lessons that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life and provide a potential avenue to change the lives of others through healthy eating.