Recently, a dear friend of mine who shall remain nameless, asked me for advice on withdrawing from alcohol. Biggie, huh? Well, trying to lay off the sauce can be quite tricky, especially if you are dealing with a serious addiction. After doing a bit of research I came to find that over 100 million people in the US consider themselves to be “regular” drinkers and 10 million are alcoholics, which amounts to 1 in 10 people. The number of alcoholic teens keeps increasing as well which is a huge concern for us all as a nation and a community.
I’m not going to go on and on about all the detrimental affects of alcohol. There is plenty of literature written on this topic and unless you’ve been living under a rock (which, I suppose if you drink too much can happen), you should know by now that too much alcohol is not good for you and can cause numerous harmful effects internally as well as externally; emotionally and physically.
What I wanted to do was present some simple suggestions for truly healing with food but before I do, I must preface by saying that if you are battling with addiction, SEEK HELP. You simply cannot impliment proper eating habits and a detox plan without getting emotional support to combat the emotional component of your addiction. Speak with friends or loved ones, find a support group through your religious organization, join AA or talk to your doctor. Once you have made the commitment and are on your path to recovery, then you can truly start to nourish yourself and HEAL THRU FOOD with these natural remedies.
- Water: Okay, so this may seem a bit simplistic, but we are made up of about 70% H2O, so it’s pretty important. Alcohol is very dehydrating and when we are dehydrated and our cells are dying of thirst, this is where we can run into problems and the body systems start to break down. Being dehydrated can contribute to headaches, body aches, muscle soreness, moodiness, dizziness, fatigue and on a more serious level, degenerative disease. Water helps move toxic waste from the body and this is important because if this stuff festers, you can imagine it can’t be too good. Water is the easiest way to feel good, energized, cleansed, as it purifies the liver, which has a very hard job to do of constantly filtering out the bad stuff.
- Coconut Water: I like to call coconut water “nature’s Gatorade”. It supplies us with natural electrolytes, brain fuel and keeps our bodies functioning properly. It is the ultimate in staying hydrated. It has become quite a popluar beverage as of late and you can pretty much find it in any grocery store.
- Juicing: Making and drinking fresh juices supplies the body with bioavailable enzymes which have been robbed by all the alcohol. It’s imperative to replace all the nutrients the body has been lacking for some time and drinking fresh juice is one of the BEST ways to get what the body needs. Fresh juice contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that the body uses for recovery, detox and energy. You will be amazed at how good you will feel once you start adding juice into your diet. Also, when you invest in a juicer and make it yourself, it creates an awarness of where your food comes from and it’s very empowering to have the ability to nourish yourself so effectively. It’s advised that you use all organic produce. If you need help with organizing a Juice Fast, contact me here.
- Wheatgrass: This is the only shot you should be drinking! One shot of wheatgrass is equivalent to 2.5 lbs of leafy green veggies! Chlorophyll rich, nutrient dense and packed with enzymes, this will help detox the liver, provide you with energy and supply you with many vitamins and minerals. Wheatgrass is 70% chlorophyll, which has the same chemical make up as our own hemoglobin (blood) which makes it possible to oxygenate brain cells which have been taxed by heavy drinking.
- Vitamin B-Complex: Having all the B-vitamin family in your Eating Lifestyle is essential for optimal health and continued recovery. As a team, B-vitamins help combat many ailments and assist in prevention of disease. Most of us on average are not getting enough B-vitamins in our diet. They are recommended for recovery because many of the B’s help with the emotional component of discontinuing the use of alcohol. Let’s take a look at the B-vitamin family in detail, shall we?
- Thiamine (B1)-breaks down fats and protein and maintains muscle tone
- Riboflavin (B2)-can reduce migraine headaches
- Niacin (B3) -needed for energy
- Pyridoxine (B 6)-needed for neurotransmitters such as serotonin
- Pantothenic Acid-speeds wound healing and lowers cholesterol
- Folic Acid (B9)-can help prevent heart disease, stroke and colon cancer
- Cyanocobalamin (B-12)-can combat mental fogginess
- Biotin Choline-needed for normal brain function
- Inositol-can help with depression and anxiety
- Para-amino Benzoic Acid (PABA)-can help with scleroderma, which is a connective tissue disease
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Battling addiction is not anything to take lightly, and it does take recognition of the problem, asking for help and committing to a healthier lifestyle. If you or anyone you know needs help dealing with addiction, and wants to try food as a resource in combination with a strong emotional support group, Healing Thru Food can help. Working as team, we can build you up and give you tools to stay healthy and strong. Click here for lists of packages and I look forward to assisting you.