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Best Nutritional Supplements for Helping Your Brain Heal

As most of us in recovery know, we put our bodies through the ringer in addiction. Self-care was the least of our worries, and now that we’re clean and sober, it’s important to replenish what drinking and using took away. Patience with this process is key; our disease didn’t happen overnight, and healing the brain isn’t instantaneous, either.

Each type of addiction wreaks its own special havoc on the body, but they all have a major impact on the brain. We get a lot of what our brain needs to function through eating nutritious food, but in addiction, eating healthy isn’t a top priority. You can start rebuilding your brain health by choosing dark, leafy greens and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and vitamin C-rich fruits.

It is important to speak with your healthcare provider before adding any type of supplement to your diet. Some herbal supplements should not be taken by people in recovery, so be aware and ask your doctor first. Normally, if we are eating a well-balanced and healthy diet, we get most of what we need through nutrient-rich food. If you are new in recovery, your doctor may add any of the following which are essential for brain health:

  • B-vitamin complex (including Thiamine)
  • Folic acid
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • GABA
  • Omega-3  
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Amino acids

Most multivitamins contain average dosing of many of the above, but a few may need to be supplemented separately. Each type of addiction presents its own special needs in terms of healing the body. For example, an alcoholic may have a severe thiamine deficiency whereas an opiate addict  may be deficient in calcium, and a cocaine addict in omega-3 fatty acids. Alcoholics tend to have more deficiencies than other addicts, simply because alcohol depletes the body of large quantities of nutrients.

In detox and treatment, you will be given the appropriate blend of vitamins and minerals that your doctors deem necessary. Healing takes time, and flushing the body of toxins is the first step. With each passing day, you will begin to feel a little better, and you will have a new lease on life. Recovery is possible, and we want to help you get there.

The Serenity Recovery Center stands as a landmark of the Encino Hospital Medical Center offering the best of detox. Committed to providing comfort and care, our private detox program supports the first foundational steps of sobriety. Contact us today for information: 866.294.9401