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What Foods Will I Eat in Detox?

When most people think of detox, it may be the discomfort of going through withdrawal and getting clean from substances. An essential part of the process is actually a really fun thing; learning to feed the body healthy, good nutrients that make the mind and body stronger.

Nutritional Deficiencies

While every person in recovery may benefit from a baseline healthy diet, it is helpful to understand the specific vitamins and minerals that may be lacking to get the body functioning again. Some of the key deficiencies a person may have from alcohol addiction can include:

  • Vitamin B6, vitamin B1, and folic acid. Lacking these nutrients may lead to anemia
  • Calcium deficiencies which can lead to osteoporosis in women

Opiate Addiction

Nutritional deficiencies in opiate addiction may lead to constipation or problems with the digestive system. During detox, the focus will be on a high-fiber diet. Leafy vegetables are important to stay healthy. Whole grains, beans, and nuts will also be key.


Stimulants (crack, meth, etc) often cause people to stay up for days at a time, not eating or sleeping. Eating balanced meals full of protein and omega-3 rich foods will be important. This can lower the risk of coronary heart disease and depression. Fish, canola oil, flaxseed, eggs, and dairy are great sources of the nutrient.

Healthy Diet

To get a healthy diet in detox is really important to recovery long term. It starts with making sure all essential vitamins and nutrients are being replaced and filling the body with healthy foods. This includes:


  • Hydration. We need water to function. Electrolyte packed drinks such as Gatorade and coconut water are great resources as well as plain water. Since you may throw up in detox, it helps to replenish with water or put beverages in a juicer to add fresh fruits and veggies.
  • Dark green, leafy veggies.  Spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, and other salad greens can provide lots of healthy nutrients including beta-carotene and folic acid. Collard greens are a great source of calcium.
  • Proteins. Animal and plant-based sources of protein are important. They help repair cells in the body. Chicken, tuna, turkey, and red meat can be helpful. Plant proteins like lentils, black beans, and quinoa are also important.


Exercise, proper sleep habits, and mindfulness are good ways to reduce stress and inflammation, which help the body process nutrients. Always speak with a treating physician before making any changes to lifestyle habits.

The Serenity Recovery Center supports you in making healthy decisions in treatment, recovery and beyond. We help develop a plan that is customized for your situation. Call us to find out how to get started on your treatment plan to help you recover from addiction. We are available 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964. Call now.