“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
So, maybe you’re taking a break from drinking alcohol, or you’ve decided to give it up for good – whatever the duration or reason, some lifestyle adjustments can be made to maximise the break to your mind, body and soul.
Steps for Repairing Your Health After Eliminating Alcohol
- DRINK MORE WATER. Even if you are a religious drinker of water throughout the day, after kicking the sauce, you are going to want to switch to water and make sure that you stay hydrated and flush the body out by consuming a litre or more (6-8 glasses) of H2O each day.
- INCORPORATE VITAMINS AND MINERALS DAILY. Alcohol consumption inhibits the body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients it needs fully, so a great habit would be to incorporate a multivitamin and B Vitamin regimen daily. Many vitamin supplements these days include all the essentials (including B complex), antioxidants and probiotics. The Complete Multivitamin Complex by Bulk Powders is an excellent all-in-one to check out.
- EAT A BALANCED DIET. I don’t know about you, but even though I tried my best to eat a healthy diet when I was a drinker, I cannot deny that after a few glasses of wine, I would automatically want crisps, pizza or chocolate. Drinking screws with our insulin and hunger regulation; therefore, we can feel like we have no control over our food choices while on a night out — or through a hangover. Incorporating a diet full of balanced whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean meats, whole grains, and beans will help to regulate blood sugar, meet nutrient requirements and help to create usable energy the body can access throughout the day.
- LIMIT REFINED SUGAR. Many people increase the amount of sugar and sweets they eat after they quit alcohol (as well as after quitting smoking). Sugar can have the same effect on our brains as drinking, as the same response of dopamine release occurs when we consume sugar, just as when we drink alcohol – especially when paired with a conditional habitual response pattern. Even if sweets are convenient and help to keep you from ordering a glass of chardonnay, the better choice would be a piece of fruit or a handful of almonds (which are fabulous for liver health, btw).
- GET A DEFICIENCY SCREENING. If you’ve been a regular drinker – or what would classify as a heavy drinker, you may have been missing out on absorbing vital nutrients. A nutritional professional can help screen for any deficiencies you may have to determine the best course of action for your dietary needs.
- REJUVENATE YOUR LIVER. The liver takes a beating throughout our lives as it serves as a filtration system of toxins, metabolises drugs, and makes essential proteins required for many vital bodily functions. After making a lifestyle change, such as eliminating alcohol, it is a good idea to focus on rejuvenating your liver by choosing a balanced, whole foods diet that includes fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals. So, to get started, here are some foods you can include in your diet: carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, almonds, and oats.
- GET EXERCISE. Regular exercise helps the body by promoting lung, kidney, intestinal, and overall immune system health, which all support the body’s efficient natural detoxification processes. Aside from the physical health benefits of a fitness routine, exercise helps to produce endorphins which can help reduce anxiety and depression. If the root cause of your alcohol habit was stress or a response to stressful events, finding healthier strategies to cope with these feelings will encourage positive behaviours and better health choices overall.
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These tips are great for anyone looking to take charge of their health – knowledge is power, and you do have the power to change your life, mind, body and soul.