A person shouldn't need a reason to participate in an organic detox. There are so many pollutants in the air that simply breathing is a good enough reason to engage in a natural detox. However, one group of people may be in particular need of a detox, and they are individuals who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Recently, The Huffington Post published an article by naturopathic physician Maura Henninger who explained how she uses detox diets to help addicts boost their health during recovery.
According to the expert, a person actively addicted to alcohol typically consumes 50 percent or more of his or her total calories in the form of alcohol. Often, the rest of the calories come from junk foods. This is why the N.P. recommends that these individuals detox their bodies of both alcohol and sugar.
"The diet I endorse is 45 percent carbohydrate, 30 percent fat and 25 percent protein. The best complex carbohydrate grains are: brown and wild rice, oats, amaranth, millet, spelt, beans and lentils. People often don't think of vegetables and fruits as sources of complex carbohydrates but they are some of the best we have available," Henninger wrote for the news source.
According to an article published in The Economist, omega-3 fatty acids, such as the kind found in oily fish, have been thought to help individuals with addictions as they embark on the recovery process. Furthermore, the news source pointed out that a growing number of scientists are interested in examining the effects of diet on addiction recovery.
Henninger also recommends that affected individuals avoid artificially-flavored foods to help detox the liver, since this organ breaks down chemicals and preservatives. She suggests that they stick to foods that are closest to their natural state, such as organic fruits and vegetables.