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Why medical detox is necessary to addicts

Good nutrition and diet for a recovering person

Good nutrition and diet for a recovering person: Post-acute withdrawal symptoms

Good nutrition and diet for a recovering person

Good nutrition and diet for a recovering person is very essential in the ultimate success of addiction treatment process

When it comes to proper management of alcohol and drug addiction, nutrition will always play a very significant role in the whole process. If you have been with us for a while now you must have read our postings concerning the post-acute withdrawal symptoms and how well they can be managed as a means of keeping the scourge of addiction to manageable levels. This is what we want to progress on while concentrating on the good nutrition and diet for a recovering person (addict). When considering nutrition, three things come to mind almost immediately and that is to say that there must be three well-balanced meals daily, at least three nutritious snacks daily and of course ensuring that there is no sugar and caffeine in our menu. Doctor Dalal Akoury a veteran addiction expert is very much concerned with what is going round in our societies today. She says that we are living in a very stressful society where everybody is running up and down because of the magnitude of stressful lives that they live. Because of this, this topic has become very necessary and doctor Akoury is not missing her words, she says that hunger produces stress.

I hope we are in agreement with you on that and so we must collectively and individually to seek for solutions to contain hunger and bring stress to manageable. From her many years of experience, doctor Akoury is advising that in order to live a healthy life based on good nutrition, the following will be very necessary:

  • Try to plan your eating schedule so that you do not skip meals and so that you can have periodic nutritious snacks
  • Do not eat candy, donuts, soft drinks, potato chips, or other high calorie, low nutrient foods
  • You should specifically avoid foods that produce stress such as concentrated sweets and caffeine. Both of these produce the same kind of chemical reaction in your body as being frightened or overly excited.
  • Concentrated sweets such as candy, jelly, syrup, and sugar-sweetened soft drinks will give you a quick “pick-up,” but you will experience a let-down about an hour later accompanied by nervousness and irritability.

With the application of these tips you are certainly going to see a big difference however, remember that your reason for eating a snack should be to combat fatigue and nervousness and having a nutritious snack before you feel hungry to prevent a craving for sweets will be very ideal say doctor Dalal Akoury. Just to further make emphasis on that let me share with you briefly what good nutrition can do and has done to other people. According to one of my patient who is a recovering alcoholic, she was in the habit of eating a large quantity of ice cream every night. She often talked about the craving for it she felt, and believed that by eating it she was reducing a craving for alcohol. The next morning she always felt sluggish and irritable. Throughout the day her stress increased until it was relieved by the ice cream. When one day out team of professional counselors suggested for her that she needs to remove the ice cream from her diet she felt she could not get along without it. When our counselors examined her diet it was evident that she consistently skipped breakfast and was not getting adequate nutrition throughout the day. She later agreed to try eating a balanced diet and to eliminate the ice cream on a trial basis. By and by she discovered that when she ate a balanced diet and ate regular meals and several nutritious snacks throughout the day her craving for ice cream disappeared and she could easily eliminate it from her life. What does communicate for you? Good nutrition and diet for a recovering person works and your situation is no different.

As you consider that it is also important to note that caffeine also causes nervousness and restlessness. It may also interfere with concentration and your ability to sleep. Loss of sleep or irregular sleep causes irritability, depression, and anxiety. These can be corrected in various ways including: Exercise, Relaxation, Spirituality and Balanced living. For the purpose of this article, we are going to make emphasis on the benefits of exercise and progress with the next three in our next article. This is going to be a continuation of this and so you don’t want to miss it. Therefore keep on the link and let us learn objectively together.

Good nutrition and Diet for a recovering person: Exercise

Even though many people don’t embrace exercise, physical activities are very essential in rebuilding the body and keeps it functioning properly while at the same time reducing stress. One of the goodness of exercise among other things is that it produces chemicals in an individuals’ brain that make them feeling pleasantly good. These chemicals are nature’s own tranquilizers to relieve pain, anxiety and tension. It is however important to note that different types of exercise are helpful for different reasons, like for instance stretching and aerobic exercise will probably be most helpful for your recovery.

  • Stretching exercises help to keep your body limber and to relieve muscle tension.
  • Aerobics are rhythmical and vigorous exercises for the large muscles. They are intended to raise your heart rate to 75% of its maximum rate and maintain that rate for at least 20-30 minutes.

Professionally we recommend regular use of aerobic exercise e.g. jogging, swimming, jumping rope, and cycling are common aerobic exercises, or you might want to join an aerobics class. Dancing can also be aerobic, but remember that it must be done vigorously. Many recovering people coming out from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center will testify to the value of exercise in reducing the intensity of PAW symptoms. After they exercise they feel much better, find it easier to concentrate and remember, and are able to be more productive. Doctor Akoury therefore advices that for you to succeed in the journey of addiction recovery, it is important that you choose a form of exercise that is fun for you so that you will stick with it. Most doctors and health books will tell you to exercise three or four times a week which is fine, nonetheless we want to add and recommend that recovering people should actually make time exercise at least daily owing to its value in reducing stress. Any day that you do not exercise is a day that you are cheating yourself of a way to feel more relaxed, be more productive, and have more energy. Whatever exercise you choose, remember not to over-do it! And if it hurts stop doing it and seek guidance from the experts on a possible replacement. Take note that the theory that in the old adage “no pain, no gain” is not true for recovering people. Under this consistency and regularity are the key words for the recovering person.

Good nutrition and diet for a recovering person: Post-acute withdrawal symptoms



Exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication

Exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication: Being objective in dealing with addiction

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Exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication

Because complications relating to drugs addiction are not going to go away anytime soon going by the various statistics gathered from research documents, we need to up our sleeves into bringing this ghost of addiction to manageable levels. That would therefore means that no stone must not be left unturned and everyone must be brought on board for the operation to be successful. For that reason, AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury who is a veteran addiction expert of several decades is going to share with us in depth about exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication from our societies. This is very important not just to the direct victims of substance abuse but even to their loved ones who are equally affected even if it is indirectly. We are therefore going to us this article to conclude on the two elements we did not handle while discussing on the topic “medical nutrition therapy for substance abuse” in our previous article. The two elements we want to address include:

  • Weight management and eating disorders and
  • Pharmacotherapy

Exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication: Weight Management and Eating Disorders

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, the problems that are associated with weight management are common nutritional concern related to substance abuse. In the same discipline detoxification programs are commonly seen to be leading to weight gain, as addicts being taken through the process often turn to food instead of their drugs of choice. Besides that biochemical changes also result in increased appetite and a preference for highly palatable foods, and confusion in hunger/fullness cues arise. However, for some, weight gain is important due to significant protein-energy malnutrition and low BMI as a result of substance use. Doctor Akoury is raising concern that increased consumption of lots of calories and weight if not managed properly can lead to other devastating health complications including obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, therefore it is very important that professionals in this discipline should monitor and counsel patients on healthful eating and weight management and that is what doctor Akoury and her team of experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center are doing relentlessly in giving their contribution towards fighting the scourge of addiction from our systems.

While in treatment, most patients reduce their levels of exercise either due to lack of time, the program structure, or lack of motivation. Increased abnormal liver tests are common in re-feeding among hospitalized drug addicts, which is theorized to be caused by a lack of exercise and increase in weight. According to a study conducted by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, it was established that the daily weight change had a significant positive correlation with changes in serum alanine transaminase or aspartate aminotransferase concentrations from admission to discharge. Experts can therefore help in monitoring weight gain and laboratory results primarily to identify patient goals for achieving or maintaining a healthy weight. They can also work with professionals including the families and relatives of the victims to develop exercise programs during and after treatment that can help to level patients’ liver enzymes and manage their weight.

Doctor Akoury is of the opinion that with the high prevalence of eating disorders in the substance abuse population, care must be taken in making recommendations for weight management to ensure they aren’t too restrictive and weight gain or loss is monitored and steady. It is a point of great concern that up to 72% of women who are below 30 years of age and are struggling with alcoholism have eating disorder problems and besides that, other substances such as cocaine are associated with a higher prevalence of eating disorders, it is therefore very important that careful attention and precautions be taken when working with these populations.

Exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication: Pharmacotherapy

The next element of discussion is the pharmacotherapy which is a common component of addiction treatment. While exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication, it is important to note that these medications are intended to improve mood stability and recovery success and to assist with any medical or mental health problems resulting from or co-occurring with detoxification. When exploring this working with experts is very important because they can help in the management of any nutritional implications of these medications says doctor Dalal Akoury.

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse has been effective for alcohol and opioid dependence immensely. It’s important for dietitians to be familiar with these common medications, because the side effects may influence patients’ nutritional status. Alongside that, dietitians need to be cautious when recommending supplementation in this population due to addicts’ quick-fix mindset and already-taxed bodies. Taking cognizance that a damaged liver may not be able to correctly process certain supplements, and the supplements may ultimately have a negative impact on liver health. And that not with-standing nonetheless, and according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health it was suggested that a common over-the-counter herbal supplement, N-acetylcysteine, can reduce the cravings of cocaine and heroin addicts and possibly alcoholics during withdrawal.

Finally Naltrexone (ReVia, Vivitrol, Depade), disulfiram (Antabuse), and acamprosate calcium (Campral) are used to treat alcoholism. Naltrexone, which also has been used with opiate and narcotic dependence, may cause anorexia, weight loss, nausea, and vomiting. Disulfiram may cause nausea and vomiting, and if patients ingest alcohol, they will become very ill. Therefore, care must be taken to ensure that all traces of alcohol are eliminated from patients’ diets, including any that may be used in recipes. Acamprosate calcium may cause an increase in appetite, increased weight, and taste changes. Dietitians should take note of these side effects and work with patients to identify ways to promote adequate nutritional intake. With all these worthy points about exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication, if you still have any area of concern that you need to be clarified, you can schedule for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury for a one on one professional touch today and you will never be the same again there-after.

Exploring nutritional therapy for substance abuse eradication: Being objective in dealing with addiction







How drug addiction affects nutritional imbalances

How drug addiction affects nutritional imbalances: Understanding diet and drug addiction conflicts in the body

How drug addiction affects nutritional imbalances

The moment we all come to the realization of how drug addiction affects nutritional imbalances, we will be making the very first important move towards defeating thing addiction problem in our lives and from our societies

The energy that keeps the body functioning normally comes from food we eat. It therefore means that the quality of this food stuff must be above board. In other words, every meal we take should be loaded with adequate nutrients and we must also learn to balance the diet so that the body is not just feed on one element of nutrient. This is very important and everybody needs to embrace it by all standards if we want to remain healthy. However as we endeavor to good to our body by feeding it with good and well balanced diet, these efforts could be watered down if we in cooperate certain harmful substances in the body and that introduces us to our topic of discussion today which is “how drug addiction affects nutritional imbalances in our body systems.” Professionally doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) who is a veteran specialist in addiction says that ideally the body of any living thing needs to be kept in perfect health for it to discharge it duties effectively. Even though good nutrition is very instrumental in keeping the body in good shape, it is not the only element that is needed to do this enormous task in the body. The body will also need to be active by indulging in reasonable physical activities among other necessities.

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, a health institution primarily formulated by doctor Dalal Akoury to make a difference in the lives of people struggling with addiction, drug addiction impacts negatively in the lives of people and it causes a lot of nutritional imbalances in the process. This is what we want to interrogate even as we move towards finding lasting solutions that will deal permanently with the scourge of drug addiction in our societies. Doctor Akoury is very categorical that the body needs sufficient nutrients to dispense energy that will enable it to propel the daily activities however deficiency of these vital nutrients in the body is likely to have serious consequences more in the life of those using drugs. And that now brings us to the question “how does the substance abuse cause harm to the body?” continue reading as we progress into the discussion.

How drug addiction affects nutritional imbalances: How does substance abuse harms the body?

Without the knowledge of how drug addiction harms the body we may not be able to fight the problem from its roots. In that respect, doctor Akoury reports that substance abuse is capable of harming the body in two major ways which may include: the substance itself affecting the body and it can also cause negative lifestyle changes including irregular eating and poor diet. Now to be a little bit more specific in this discussion, let’s take for example the infants whose parents were alcoholic or abusing certain drugs, such infants are exposed to alcohol and those other substances their parents were using even when they are still in the womb and the consequences of that is that they will often have physical and mental problems as they grow up. Alcohol will affects the growth of such babies at the connection point which is by crossing the placenta. And in most cases after birth, the baby may have withdrawal symptoms. The mother’s poor nutrition while she is drinking can harm the baby’s growth and development while still in the womb. And remember that even recovery from substance abuse can also affects the body in other ways, including metabolism processing energy, organ function, and mental well-being. Proper nutrition may help the healing process. Nutrients supply the body with energy. They provide substances to build and maintain healthy organs and fight off infection. And now let us look at some of the specific impacts different drugs have on nutrition and healthy living as we progress into the discussion.

How drug addiction affects nutritional imbalances: Opiates

Doctor Akoury explains that the family of opiates which includes codeine, oxycontin, heroin, and morphine will impact negatively on the gastrointestinal system and besides that constipation is a very common symptom of abuse with diarrhea, nausea and vomiting being some of the major symptoms which in many cases will lead to the deficiencies of nutrients and an imbalance of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and chloride. Doctor Akoury is reporting that even though the impact may not be pleasing to the body, the good news is that feeding on a balance diet will go a long way in reducing the effects of these symptoms.

How drug addiction affects nutritional imbalances: Alcohol

In the past articles, we have dwelt much on the effects of alcoholism on human health and even in this case alcohol abuse is also considered as one of the major causes of nutritional deficiency in most states globally. The most common deficiencies are of pyridoxine (vitamin B6), thiamine, and folic acid. A lack of these nutrients causes anemia and nervous system neurologic problems. Korsakoff’s syndrome “wet brain” occurs when heavy alcohol use causes a lack of enough thiamine. Besides that alcohol intoxication will also cause damages in two major organs that are responsible for metabolism and nutrition: the liver and the pancreas. The liver is responsible for the removal of toxins from harmful substances while the pancreas regulates the blood sugar and the absorption of fat. With these vital functions it therefore means that any damage caused to these two organs will automatically results in an imbalance of fluids, calories, protein, and electrolytes. Apart from what is already mentioned other complications may include: diabetes, high blood pressure, permanent liver damage (or cirrhosis), seizures, severe malnutrition and shortened life expectancy

How drug addiction affects nutritional imbalances: Stimulants

Stimulant use (such as crack, cocaine, and methamphetamine) reduces appetite, and leads to weight loss and poor nutrition. Abusers of these drugs may stay up for days at a time. They may be dehydrated and have electrolyte imbalances during these episodes. Returning to a normal diet can be hard if a person has lost a lot of weight. Memory problems, which may be permanent, are a complication of long-term stimulant use.

Finally from the discussion above it is now clear that nutrition imbalance is a major factor in drug addiction recovery and efforts must be made to have this problem fixed professionally. We must therefore pool together in order to keep healthy and if you are wondering on where to start from, the wonder no more because doctor Dalal Akoury realizing the difficulties people were going through made a passionate decision to create a medical center whose main objective is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power. Dr. Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. This is the place of professionalism and all you need to do on your part is to call her on telephone number 843 213 1480 to schedule for an appointment that will have all your problems relating to addiction and nutrition professionally fixed.

How drug addiction affects nutritional imbalances: Understanding diet and drug addiction conflicts in the body



The Best Diets for a more glowing Skin

The Best Diets for a more glowing Skin: Is your diet trashing your face?

The Best Diets for a more glowing Skin

The Best Diets for a more glowing Skin is very necessary for a healthy skin

We are at it again, the most desired thing in all human race. I am talking about the beauty of very individual. Can you imagine life where everyone if just looking frail, dry and un-kept? It is not something you would want to associate with. It is for this reason that every day we see every new beauty product being introduced in the market. These beauty products are good however care needs to be taken every time you are changing the product you are using lest you cause more damage to your much desired beauty. Therefore for perfection on your beauty, I advise that before you use any beauty product it would be very important that you consult with the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of Doctor Akoury’s care. In the meantime one of the things you can do to keep your beauty is feeding well and having a positive lifestyle. Therefore keep on the link to get the best diets for a more glowing skin that will make people turning back to have a second look at you when you pass by.

While it is true that good diet will keep your body in good shape and perfect healthy, there is more than that with good nutrition. Doctor Akoury says that the food you eat is helpful in many ways since it helps in:

All these are very important to your skin just in equal measure as it does to your waistline. Therefore, the question we need to ask ourselves would be “is you’re feeding habits helping or hurting your skin complexion?” doctor Akoury is helping us understand how best good nutrition can be helpful to our skin complexion in the discussion below.

The Best Diets for a more glowing Skin: Mediterranean diet

Remember that foods like fish, leafy greens, olive oil, and fruit are the stars of heart-healthy diet. However, the benefits don’t end there since the consumption of Mediterranean may also shield the skin against melanoma, which is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. Not forgetting that on the cosmetic front, omega-3 fatty acids in fish help keep skin-cell membranes strong and elastic. And finally on this olive oil, tomatoes, and red wine also have antioxidants that help block the chemical reactions that lead to sun damage. With this alone you can see the benefits accruing from Mediterranean (good nutrition) as one of the best diets for a more glowing skin

The Best Diets for a more glowing Skin: Vegetarian

Whether you skip meat and other animal products for your health, ethical reasons, or both, you probably eat more fresh produce and whole grains as a result—good news for your skin. The antioxidants in these eats neutralize the free radicals that contribute to wrinkles, brown spots, and other signs of aging.

Veggie diets tend to be low in fat, so incorporate ground flaxseeds and olive and safflower oils to help your skin retain water making it more supple.

The Best Diets for a more glowing Skin: High-protein, low-carb

Cutting back on white bread, pasta, and refined sugar can also lower the stress hormone cortisol and minimize breakouts. Plans that switch in whole grains, fresh produce, and lean meats also up antioxidants, blemish-busting zinc, and collagen-building protein. However in so doing these beware of meat heavy plans because too much animal fats can actually lead to increased production of free radicals which are believed to be interfering with normal cellular processing. Alongside these, drinking lots of water also helps in keeping the skin well hydrated. And always desire to choose fish and other lean proteins, not just red meat. Eat antioxidant-rich leafy greens daily.

The Best Diets for a more glowing Skin: Low-fat

Remember that cutting down on concentrated fat is great for your heart and waistline as well. Together with these a diet low in animal fat also stems the production of free revolutionaries that can prematurely age skin. Even though we are all in agreement that fats needs to be cut, there are certain categories of fats which are very essential for the skin. For instance those fats emanating from nuts and olive oils are very helpful for your kin since they absorb complexion friendly antioxidants and fat soluble vitamins. They are also helpful in strengthening cell membranes and ultimately your epidermis for a more moisturize face.

The Best Diets for a more glowing Skin: Raw Food Life Force Energy

Raw-food who snack mainly on produce, nuts, and sprouted beans and grains believe that not cooking food preserves its natural enzymes, aiding digestion, energy, and weight loss. Though these claims aren’t universally accepted by doctors, there’s no denying that these foods make for a happy complexion. What’s more, the healthy oils in nuts, avocados, and olive oil keep skin cell membranes strong and pliant. The downside: When you eat very little meat, it’s challenging to get enough of the building blocks for collagen.

The Best Diets for a more glowing Skin: What about the Carb lovers Diet?

The cornerstone of Health’s signature plan is Resistant Starch (RS), a type of carbohydrate that acts like fiber, moving through the digestive tract without being fully digested, absorbed, or converted to glucose. Piling your plate with RS foods boosts metabolism and keeps you fuller longer, which helps you steer clear of skin-damaging foods, such as fat- and sugar-laden snacks, while lowering blood sugar and insulin levels.

Finally the business of keeping your skin glowing is a combine force between several things and skills. Those skills can only be available at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. Therefore for you to acquire apportion of those skill, you need to schedule for an appointment with Doctor Akoury today for a happy, healthier body and clearer skin. It may not matter what you are doing or where you are coming from because even the carb lovers can also provide lots of skin-smoothing omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidant-packed whole grains, and collagen-building protein.

The Best Diets for a more glowing Skin: Is your diet trashing your face?