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The Best Foods for Bulimia

by
author image August McLaughlin
August McLaughlin is a certified nutritionist and health writer with more than nine years of professional experience. Her work has been featured in various magazines such as "Healthy Aging," "CitySmart," "IAmThatGirl" and "ULM." She holds specializations in eating disorders, healthy weight management and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her second cookbook and Weight Limit—a series of body image/nutrition-related PSAs.
The Best Foods for Bulimia
Yogurt contains healthy bacteria that can help restore digestive processes in those recovering from bulimia. Photo Credit Top Photo Corporation/Top Photo Group/Getty Images

Overview

Bulimia, or bulimia nervosa, is an eating disorder that involves repetitive cycles of binging and purging, emotional upheaval and obsession with weight loss. Bulimic behaviors, such as vomiting, laxative abuse and taking diuretics, can cause electrolyte imbalances, dehydration and, in severe cases, heart attack or stroke. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), reinstilling positive nutrition is a crucial aspect of recovery from bulimia.

Probiotics

Probiotics are healthy bacteria found in food that replicate healthy bacteria in the body. According to UMMC, probiotics can be useful in the maintenance and restoration of the digestive tract and immune system for those with bulimia. They may also improve symptoms of irregularity, which are common among those with the disorder. Positive sources of probiotics include yogurt, kefir, fermented miso, sauerkraut, sour cream and buttermilk. Incorporate positive sources of probiotics into your diet regularly to reap optimum benefits.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats the body can't produce on its own. Intake of omega-3 fats is associated with reduced inflammation, improved immune function and reduced risk for cardiovascular disease. Positive sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines, as well as ground flax seeds, flax seed oil, walnuts, walnut oil and canola oil. The American Heart Association recommends at least two 3-oz. servings of fatty fish per week for optimum health. Dietary fats also aid in nutrient absorption, so to reap further benefits, consume omega-3's as a part of nutrient-rich meals that contain healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and/or whole grains most often.

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Whole Grains

Whole grains provide valuable amounts of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and phytonutrients--plant-based nutrients found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains that magnify the potency of other vitamins. The Mayo Clinic suggests that those recovering from bulimia sustain a nutrient-rich diet on a consistent basis, as the body depends upon nutritious foods to heal and properly maintain its primary functions.

If you are recovering from bulimia, incorporate a variety of whole grains, such as oats, whole wheat, barley, rye, bulgur, brown rice, wild rice and popcorn, into your diet regularly for optimum nutrition and to reap positive forms of glucose, the body's primary source of energy. If you experience difficulty in adhering to a balanced, healthy dietary lifestyle, seek guidance from a trusted professional.

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