6. To take a break or break your habit, there are many things you can do
nutritionally. Give your body plenty of support. In regards to diet, first
begin with drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day to help flush toxins. Avoid
sugary and fried foods. Don?t substitute other addictive substances, such as
caffeine or nicotine, for alcohol. Eat plenty of wholesome foods--fresh
fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes, nuts and seeds, and fish--for the
nutrients and fiber they provide. This helps with body support and
elimination. A detoxifying diet very high in fruits, vegetables, and fresh
juices can be very helpful in changing habits and cleansing the body.
7. Supplements are helpful during alcohol use and during detoxification.
(See my book, The Detox Diet, for more specifics.) Definitely use the
antioxidant nutrients such as Vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, plus zinc and
selenium. The B-vitamins are also very important to alcohol metabolism as
well as nervous system support. The amino acid L-glutamine (500-1,000 mg
three times daily) may help reduce cravings for alcohol (and sugar). Calcium
and magnesium help to calm the nervous system and reduce withdrawal.
Flaxseed oil or olive oil also helps the body tissues. Taking in a
tablespoon of oil before you drink may also slow the absorption of alcohol.
Packets of Emergen-C with a full glass or two of water are very helpful to
prevent hangovers and reduce dehydration. These supplements are also helpful
during alcohol detoxification.
8. Herbs may also be useful at supporting the body and preventing some of
the ill effects of alcohol use. Ones that cleanse the liver include milk
thistle and dandelion root. Chamomile and licorice root can help with
gastric distress. Skullcap, valerian root, and other tranquilizing herbs are
useful during alcohol withdrawal. There are many herbs that help with
alcohol detoxification. See about this also in The Detox Diet book.
9. Acupuncture and massage therapy may be quite helpful when one is going
through the stress of changing habits. Acupuncture detoxification has become
quite popular; talk to your local acupuncturist to discuss this. Exercise,
walks in Nature, saunas and steams are helpful to clear alcohol from your
system and during detoxification as well.
10. Other Alcohol Issues: The process of fermentation uses yeast with fruits
or grains, and the consumption of sugars and fermented products makes us
more susceptible to Candida yeast problems. Many current and past alcoholics
have yeast conditions, and this affects their digestion, energy, and moods.
Another issue of alcohol drinks relates to the use of chemicals in
manufacture, plus sulfites in wines, to which many folks have sensitivities.
Organic drinks are best, especially compared to chemical treated substances.
Chemicals harm Nature?s creatures, our water supply, and the air for
generations to come. (See www.organicwineguild.com) Alcohol control is
overseen by the Bureau of Firearms. Does this come from the long-term
association of whiskey with gunslingers? With so many choices, we can really
do harm to our world and ourselves by supporting the wrong products.
Even though there have been some studies suggesting benefits to daily
alcohol use, it isn?t contrasted to those who drink only occasionally or not
at all and who have many good health habits. Who sponsors these studies
anyway? Also, alcohol may have some calming affect on a more toxic and
stressful lifestyle. Common Sense is the rule: Do not drink and drive! We
have clearly established that, after so much loss of life and financial
destruction and high insurance rates. Now folks can?t simply smoke anywhere
they please and contaminate the rest of our lungs. We have laws now that
protect others from us, but how can we protect ourselves? The answer is
"only with wise choices."