What we eat can determine how we feel so diet is important for this healing journey.
There's no one sure fire diet to suit everyone but taking on board some of the basics to help our recovery is fairly straight forward. The gut/ brain link has
been well researched and there's undoubtedly a strong link between what we eat and how the brain reacts. The gut is often referred to as the second brain and the two brains 'talk to each other' in withdrawal. It's the reason we suffer so many stomach issues
while recovering and few people escape these; Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Benzo belly, stomachache, indigestion, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea (even green poo) and so forth. The gut is lined with GABA receptors and anything that passes into it can be reflected
quite dramatically in symptoms. We have to remember this is a physiological process so the CNS needs to receive no stimulus or inappropriate foodstuffs if it’s to recover as quickly as possible.
The most obvious diet restrictions to ease the path
are to avoid all caffeine, processed foods, cane sugar and alcohol. After this it becomes individual choice and what suits you best. I've chosen to follow an almost Paleo diet with no grains or dairy for the moment. I eat fruit, vegetables, good class proteins
such a fish, a little red meat and a small amount of carbohydrate. My weight is stable and I feel well on this. There are many other diets but too much avoidance of one thing or another can set us up for even more sensitivities so it's best not to become too
fixated on what should and shouldn't be eaten.
Due to the huge amount of stress loaded on to the body during withdrawal we need optimum nutrients to help healing and this is best done through the foods we consume. Here's just some of the foodstuffs
that are supposed to help calm the CNS. I'm not going into the nutrients they contain here but they all have the potential to relax and calm and provide essential vitamins and minerals to help heal the body and brain....
Nuts, sweet potatoes and yams,
bananas, spinach, dark chocolate, berries, fish, avocados, dark green leafy vegetables, olive oil, seeds etc. Good fats are essential so please research further.
A comprehensive link that covers all this,
Happy eating for health. 👍