Kurt Swensen

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Health

Your physical health is a key component to your recovery from addiction. Usually, when someone is in active addiction they pay less attention to the needs of the body and the mind. Proper sleep, nutrition and exercise are essential for a healthy recovery. Addicts and alcoholics often suffer from vitamin deficiencies because the body is unable to utilize food properly. Vitamin B deficiencies are common as can lead to serious medical conditions if not treated. A diet rich in vegetables and lean proteins with plenty of whole grains and fruit will assist the body in repairing itself. I recommend reading the book Eat Right for Your Type by Peter J. Dadamo and following his recommendations. I also recommend supplementing with high quality fish oil from Nordic Naturals or Carlson as well as a good daily multiple vitamin and mineral supplement. Foods like avocado, salmon, blueberries, strawberries, kale, spinach, garlic, carrots, kiwi, pomegranate, eggs, soy, yogurt, kefir, miso, all help the body and mind recover. Think, what does my body really need me to eat right now?

Acupuncture, exercise and sleep are also key components that support recovery. Acupuncture is one of the best treatments available to reduce cravings and rebalance the body and mind. I know several local acupuncturists that I can refer you to. Exercise is important for stress reduction and blood flow. It lowers blood pressure, releases endorphins, lowers cholesterol, helps in weight loss and can greatly improve the quality of your life.

Sleep. Sleep as much as your body wants you to. Sleep is the time of day when your body and mind repair, rebalance, and heal. Some people in early recovery need to sleep much more and take naps. I support your sleep!

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