Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Holistic Approach to Health in Early Recovery: Diet and Nutrition


Become a fan Naturopathic Physician
 Posted: Updated: 08/27/2012 5:12 am EDT

When it comes to the health of a recovering addict/alcoholic, the approach of natural medicine can positively alter the course of treatment -- and definitively increase chances of getting and staying sober. In the first part of this series, I talked about withdrawal and insomnia, two of the most crucial problems that lead to relapse. I support my patients from several perspectives, encompassing mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. Detoxification, 12-step meetings, group and individual therapy, carefully prescribed medications, and family involvement are all integral to the success of a recovering addict in putting down his drink or drug of choice. But I've also found that the proper diet, along with targeted vitamin supplementation, can work miracles in the lives of early recovering addicts and alcoholics.

The link between sugar and alcoholism>>>

The Importance of Nutrition in Addiction Recovery



Healthy eating habits are important for everyone, but especially so for those who are recovering from an addiction. Many people who suffer from addictions and other mental health disorders have poor nutritional habits; SAMHSA reports that more than 42% of adults with mental illnesses are obese. Since poor nutrition can lead to other serious health problems down the road, it’s essential that a person going through addiction treatment is also educated about how to maintain a healthy diet.

Negative Effects of Addiction on Nutrition and Health

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Men Are New Target for Osteoporosis Treatment

Pilot program pushes routine testing for the bone-wasting disease, which strikes as many as one in four men.


 
Bone-health experts are making a new push to reduce rates of osteoporosis, with a particular focus on controlling the bone-wasting disease in men.

An important goal is to get greater numbers of men to be tested for osteoporosis when they come to a hospital or clinic with a fracture to the wrist, vertebrae or other bones that wasn’t from a major accident or trauma. Doctors call this a fragility fracture—one that results from a decrease in bone density.

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P.S.:  All or my male patients over age 50 have been tested for osteoporosis.