In this article: find out why malnourishment, hypoglycemia and coffee increase desire for a drink.
Plus get a list of the top foods for reducing alcohol cravings.
Poor diets lead to more alcohol consumption.
Malnourishment can lead to alcohol addiction for a variety of physiological reasons.
Alcoholism is a common and unfortunate side-affect of poverty.
A predilection for junk food is no doubt a contributing factor to heavy drinking amongst teenagers - rich and poor alike.
Hypoglycemia - Low blood sugar tends to stimulate alcohol cravings Alcohol consumption contributes to hypoglycemia - a tragic cycle that has disastrous health consequences in the long term.
The drop in blood sugar produces a craving for food, particularly food that quickly elevate blood sugar: refined carbohydrates, sugar and alcohol.
Hypoglycemia aggravates the mental and emotional problems of alcoholism, with such symptoms as sweating, rapid heart beat, anxiety, hunger, dizziness, headache, visual disturbance, confusion and depression.
A whole food diet with cars like vegetables, whole grains and beans will even out blood sugar imbalance.
TheCoffee Connection If alcohol had a rival as the number one drug of choice for Westerners it would have to be caffeine.
While coffee doesn't cause the direct social harm that alcohol does, the two go hand in hand, fuelling a cycle of nutritional depletion.
Caffeine is a stressor on the body, upsetting blood sugar balance, promoting mineral loss and causing dehydration.
Several studies have shown that regular coffee drinking tends to lead to increased alcohol consumption.
There are many good reasons to reduce or avoid coffee - the alcohol connection is just one.
If we do drink alcohol - how can we protect the body from potential damage? Alcohol consumption relates closely to nutrition and other lifestyle factors.
Food choices can protect the body from alcohol-related damage and reduce the potential of becoming addicted.
1) Eat Well A well-balanced and nourishing diet, with plenty of raw plant foods, can protect from the potential harm of moderate alcohol consumption.
Specific nutrients that protect from long term damage are the B-complex vitamins; Vitamins A, C and E; magnesium, selenium and zinc.
These are best obtained from whole foods - fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, seafood and meat.
Many of the toxic effects of alcohol are due to associated nutritional deficiencies - not the alcohol itself.
The body has increased requirements for vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other micronutrients when metabolising alcohol and clearing it from the blood.
Consider how B-vitamin booster tablets such as "Berocca" can offer relief from a hangover.
Miso soup will also have the same affect.
It's best however to have your body well-stocked in nutrients before having a drink! Low Carbohydrate andLow Protein diets are potentially damaging in themselves, and will reduce the body's ability to efficiently metabolise and excrete alcohol.
2) Drink Water and stay well-hydrated Dehydration is one of the major reasons we may feel so terrible after a party!Anybody who's suffered even a mild hangover knows the dehydrating effect of alcohol.
Water is required to detoxify and eliminate alcohol from the body.
The more alcohol we drink, the more water we need.
Drink extra water before going out, during the party and again in the morning.
3) Get Regular Exercise Regular aerobic exercise will boost the metabolism and help the body clear alcohol and residual waste products more efficiently.
Unfortunately heavy drinking is a common element of our sporting culture, for spectators and athletes alike; athletes get away with drinking alcohol, to a certain extent, because of the exercise.
You may know many 30 - 40 year olds who move from the playing field to the armchair (with a can of beer) and quickly put on weight.
A Note About Healing Chronic Alcoholism Chronic long-term alcohol addiction requires professional help.
A good recovery programme will include nutritional assessment, dietary adjustmentsand supplementation as required.
A high-raw diet with supplemental magnesium and Evening Primrose Oil can reduce the severity of alcohol withdrawal.
Copyright Wild Health and Roger Wild