By eliminating the abuse of drugs and alcohol, each one of us has taken a huge step towards healthy living. But although we have stopped using and abusing substances, we may still find that we are still continuing other unhealthy practices in our lives. Eating healthy foods and maintaining an overall attitude of health consciousness can have a huge impact on our moods and attitude towards life, as well as our long term health and wellness.
Even when dieting and exercising, it is commonplace to forget or neglect certain essential vitamins nutrients that the body needs to sustain itself. By taking a multivitamin every day your are filling in the gaps that may be overlooked by your specific diet, and promoting healthy living and a strong immune system.
For those of us newly sober, there are a few vitamins that are especially helpful based on the lifestyle we were previously living. B Complex supplements are strongly encouraged, and help the body and mind to deal with stress. Taking Vitamin C can be helpful in providing sustenance to the adrenal glands, and Vitamin E can be an effective treatment in suppressing mood swings and reducing feelings of anxiety.
Including minerals like manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc, selenium, and chromium into your daily vitamin regimen can also be powerful when dealing with anxiety and stress. Adding amino acids like Tyrosine and 5HTP can also do wonders for promoting calm, relaxing feelings, so Ready 2 Recover Garden Grove Sober Living recommends taking these as well.
Reducing/Eliminating Caffeine Intake
Although it seems to be the norm in many 12 Step groups, reducing or eliminating your caffeine intake can be a helpful action in promoting healthy, balanced living. Stopping using caffeine right away can be an unpleasant experience, so we recommend a gradual transition by substituting tea for coffee, or caffeine free sodas for their sugar saturated counterparts.
Sodas are the main factor contributing today to the nationwide obesity epidemic. Giant soft drinks are sold on every street corner at every store, and are not only packed with caffeine and sugar, but high glucose corn syrup, which is a recipe for increased blood sugar, heart disease, and unwanted weight gain. If you’re trying to fight the soft drink battle, we recommend always carrying a bottle of water with you so you can reach for that instead of the soda.
Contact Us Today To Begin the Journey into Sobriety
Refraining from the substances that caused so much damage in our lives is a beginning towards healthy living, and is the most important step that those of us have to take to living a long, healthy life. Avoiding excessive amounts of caffeine and sugar is an added benefit, as well as replacing those items with multivitamins and supplements designed to promote reduced anxiety and stress.
If you or someone close to you is struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, please contact one our our representatives at Ready 2 Recover Garden Grove Sober Living. We look forward to hearing from you and beginning our journey into sobriety together,