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.
Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.