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7 Best Foods for Alcohol Detox

by Demarco Moore

June 30, 2023
an addiction treatment dietary manager recommends the best foods for alcohol detox

What’s this blog about?

  • Alcohol detox is a vital first step to recovery from alcohol addiction, with nutrition playing a key role.
  • Hydrating drinks, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and probiotic foods can support your body during detox.
  • These foods help manage withdrawal symptoms and replenish vital nutrients, aiding recovery.
  • For a safe detox process, consider professional help from an alcohol rehab center like Landmark Recovery.

Starting the path to sobriety? Your nutrition matters a lot, especially during alcohol detox. It’s important to eat the right foods and drink enough water. This helps your body manage withdrawal symptoms and recover from the effects of alcohol addiction, says Kayla Risteen, the director of dietary services at Landmark Recovery.

“Repeated substance abuse can damage the digestive system, making it harder for the body to break down food and absorb key nutrients,” Risteen wrote in a blog about nutritious foods to eat during detox. “Drinking plenty of fluids and eating the right foods during detox are ways to help a person’s body improve the effects of their addiction.”

We’ve gathered a list of the best foods to help your body during alcohol detox. Whether you’re detoxing at an alcohol rehab center or at home, these foods can ease withdrawal symptoms and speed up your recovery.

Alcohol Detox and Your Body

a sign that spells out detox for recovering alcoholics

When you stop drinking alcohol, your body may react with mild withdrawal symptoms like dehydration or a severe reaction like Delirium Tremens (DTs). This is part of alcohol detox, a crucial first step in addiction treatment.

Best Foods for Alcohol Detox

  1. Water and Electrolyte-Boosting Drinks: Staying hydrated is critical. Water, sports drinks, and coconut water can help replenish electrolytes.
  2. Fruits: High in water and vital nutrients, fruits like watermelon, apples, and peaches support hydration during detox.
  3. Vegetables: Packed with vitamins and fiber, veggies like cucumbers, celery, and bell peppers can aid in detoxification.
  4. Lean Proteins: Foods like chicken, fish, and eggs provide essential amino acids to help the body heal.
  5. Whole Grains: Nutrient-dense foods like oatmeal and brown rice provide energy.
  6. Nuts and Seeds: Almonds and chia seeds are nutrient-rich examples that provide healthy fats and fiber, helping to keep you full and replenish lost nutrients during excessive alcohol use.
  7. Probiotic Foods: Foods like yogurt and kefir support gut health, often disrupted by alcohol abuse.

Begin Your Journey at Landmark Recovery

Ready for alcohol detox? We’re here to help. Call our confidential admissions line at 888-448-0302, available 24/7/365. Find an alcohol detox facility near you on our locations page.

For more resources on alcohol addiction and rehab, read our other articles:

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Take control of your health during detox with the right foods. Remember, detox should be the first step of your recovery journey under medical supervision at a professional alcohol rehab center like Landmark Recovery.

Note: This article should be a guide and not replace professional medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional for appropriate treatment.

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About the Author

Demarco Moore

Demarco Moore

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Demarco Moore currently writes blogs about drug addiction treatment and recovery to help save lives at treatment provider Landmark Recovery. Before that, he cut his teeth as a sports writer at the Manchester Times, where his coverage and stories won Tennessee Press Association awards in 2016 and 2017.

He’s always had a knack for storytelling. Moore’s written content for junior golf tournaments and helped to amplify the “People Not Profits” message of credit unions. When he’s not writing, Moore loves to travel, laugh and put his mental health into the hands of the Tennessee Titans during football season.