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Nutritional Recovery Tips During Withdrawal

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Updated August 13, 2010

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Nutritional recovery is an important part of getting through withdrawal.

Nutritional recovery will help you get through withdrawal.

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Nutritional recovery during withdrawal will help your body recover. These tips will help you to benefit from the hunger you may experience during withdrawal:

  • Healthy eating is the basis of nutritional recovery. Eat nutritious meals and snacks rather than munching on junk food.
  • Eat fruit and vegetables, which contain vitamins which are important for healing.
  • If you are too tired to buy or prepare fruit and vegetables, consider taking a multi-vitamin supplement.
  • Include protein to repair damaged muscles.
  • Drink plenty of water -- about two liters a day -- but don't overdo it!. This will help with muscle aches, and will assist your body in removing toxins.
  • Eat reasonable portions. Avoid over-eating, and risking developing a substitute food addiction.

Nutritional recovery also involves replenishing nutrients that your body may have depleted during substance use. A nutritionist can advise you on this.

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