Research has shown that consuming a whole food plant-based diet can help prevent, treat or reverse diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. It should be no surprise that Consuming foods with little to no amount of cholesterol, rich in fiber, antioxidants, and complex carbohydrates can help us lead a disease-free and healthy life.
Sadly, most doctors and physicians today do not focus on diet and lifestyle in their practice and depend on prescription drugs to mask our health problems, which in the end lead to more health problems and even drug addiction in some cases.
Drugs like Morphine, Codeine, and Oxycodone are highly addictive and pose the threat of Opiate addiction (including opioid addiction) which is the leading cause of drug overdose in the United States, with an estimated 20,101 deaths due to prescription painkillers and 12,990 deaths due to heroin use in 2015.
Many people who become addicted to opiates do so unintentionally. The drugs are usually prescribed to deal with pain following a surgery or an accident and because of their highly addictive nature, they take hold in the brain and cause a physical dependence causing an opiate addiction.
While there is no cure for opiate addiction, Here are just a few ways that this disease can be treated with the help of a whole food plant-based diet and drug addiction rehabilitation during the detox period.
Fruits and Vegetables
Hydration is key! aside from drinking as much water as possible fruits and vegetables are also rich in water which can aid the kidneys and liver in ridding the body of toxins.
By adopting a whole foods plant-based diet during detox you also limit your intake of saturated fats and processed foods which are hard on the liver. The liver will be working overtime to get rid of the toxins and by eliminating these foods you will be helping it do its job to the fullest.
Artichokes, watercress, green leafy vegetables, Brussel sprouts, kale and healthy fats are good for the liver, so eating as much of these foods as possible during the detox process is essential.
Carbohydrates equal energy for the body and they are also a great source of fiber.
Keeping in mind that refined foods such as white bread should be avoided, they are not healthy and do not offer the same nutritional value as whole grains. Whole grains such as beans and rice contain more fiber, resulting in less digestive issues, the better your digestion the more energy you will have during the detox.
Berries are high in anti-inflammatory compounds. They are also high in fiber, which like whole grains can help the body to detox via waste elimination. It is a fact that colorful foods from nature are high in antioxidants and anthocyanins, which provide the body with antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Including a variety of blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries can greatly aid the detox process. Eat 1 cup of mixed berries every day to get the maximum benefits. You can incorporate them into smoothies for breakfast or add them to your oatmeal, the possibilities are endless.
There are a few natural detoxifiers, Garlic is perhaps one of the “most effective broad-spectrum anti-microbial agent possessing 39 different anti-fungal, bacterial, parasitic and viral agents,” for best detox results, you can take it 2-3 a day.
Ginger is also another natural detoxifier. Drink one cup of fresh ginger tea every day to detox your body of drugs. The active ingredient in ginger is Gingerol. It induces sweating and removes drug remnants through your skin.
Drug addiction rehabilitation.
While a whole food plant-based diet can aid in the treatment, of opiate addiction, it is important to have a different Opiate detox support system set up to avoid the chances of relapse.
Common withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate detox are depression, worry, and agitation. It is important to take care of the mind as well as the body and a solid support system or program could be extremely beneficial for your mental health during this period of time.
like Hippocrates once said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Everything we need to heal the body exists in nature. Instead of relying on prescription drugs to mask the pain, we can eliminate its need by relying on nature and the power of plants to prevent disease, to begin with. By using food as medicine we can break the cycle of America’s health care crises.
Love & Peace.