People who are weaning themselves off Alcoholism generally experience withdrawal symptoms manifested as negative behaviors both physical and emotional. Converting this negative behavior into a positive one is essential for optimal recovery.
During these times, a nutritious diet, exercise & adequate rest play an important role in making the transition. Alcoholics suffer deficiency of essential amino acids like tyrosine and tryptophan, folic acid and the other B-complex vitamins which adversely affect the recovery process. Studies suggest a proper diet with foods rich in Proteins & Carbohydrates is necessary in helping an alcoholic lead a healthy and a sober life.
ALCOHOLISM DIET RECOMMENDATIONS
What Role Does a Diet Play in Recovery from Alcoholism?
It is important to understand the importance of balanced nutrition in order to help an alcoholic rehabilitate successfully. Drinking leads to a sense of fullness in the stomach even when the person has eaten little or nothing at all. This leads to poor nutrition in alcoholics. Thus, a healthy diet is important for a recovery. Gastric disorders like hyperacidity, diarrhea, indigestion, loss of appetite are commonly seen in alcohol addicts. As a result, there is a special need for providing adequate nutrition to rebuild tissues, organs & optimize the functioning of various systems including the Central Nervous System.
Deficiency of essential amino acids like tyrosine and tryptophan lead to decreased production of important neurotransmitters like Norepinephrine, Dopamine & Serotonin, which are responsible for emotional stability, mental clarity, mental sharpness and alertness. Thus, including protein rich foods, folic acid and the other B-complex vitamins is necessary. Moods swings are caused by intake of sugar & caffeine, so it should be avoided.
- Cereals/pulses such as brown rice, barley, green gram, black gram and bengal gram (chickpea), and oats.
- Fruits – Banana, custard apple, pomegranate and grapes
- Milk and tender coconut water.
- Eggs, lean red meat, chicken and turkey should be eaten in abundance to repair the damaged cells and tissues.
- Yogurt, custard, and sunflower seeds
Foods for Moderate Consumption:
Garlic, chillies, candy, corn syrup, honey, sugar, products made from white flour (noodles/pasta, white rice), potatoes, prawns and fish.
Foods to Avoid:
Avoid acidic food such as pickles.
- Jaggery with pippali (long pepper) powder is beneficial.
- Freshly prepared juice from fresh ginger, jeera (cumin seeds), coriander seeds, bishops weed seeds (ajwain), pippali (long pepper) and asfoetida (hing) helps reduce hangover, improves digestion, relieves vomiting and uneasiness.