After a binge, it's going to take a few days to set yourself straight.
My last binge involved four nips of Jameson's, three glasses of red wine and a large pizza. By my third day sober, my body was still begging for good digestion.
But did I sip ginger tea, lemon water and eat cucumbers? No (although that would have been a very good idea.) I ate more bad carbs, drank coffee and ! smoked cigarettes. Now, I can only tolerate 3 cigarettes at the most without feeling like I've been hit by a truck in the morning but I am revealing my less than wise choices in the first few days of releasing myself from alcohol because I want to make a point.
AA rooms are often set with coffee and cookies and smokers outside. Common recommendations are often to allow yourself sweets and any sort of substitute of something, anything!, to put in your mouth instead of alcohol. So, okay. If you have to go with it, do whatever it takes to not let alcohol pass your lips. For just a little while.
On my third day sober, I ate a huge chocolate chip cookie. It took me all day to work my way through it because my stomach (which was still digesting pizza) was like, uh-uh. Don't do it. But I did. And I suffered a bit.
If you have to stuff something in your mouth instead of alcohol for the first few days, go for it. But do it with awareness.
Become aware of how easy it is to substitute one habit for another. Do you want to substitute over-eating for over-drinking? Probably not. You do not have to.
If you are newly sober, you may crave sugar and highly processed "foods". Just be aware that drinking alcohol causes your blood sugar levels to drop and when your body is adjusting to being alive without alcohol, it'll probably take a little while for your blood sugar levels to adjust. That's an educated guess. I'm not a doctor.
And there's probably no question about developing an addiction to nicotine just because you've quit drinking. Right?
In your first few days, your first week or so, your body is like, whoa! What is happening? The body is a magnificent instrument. It will learn to readjust and heal itself. With your common sense.
While this is happening, what your mind can do is notice your knee jerk reactions to the process of your body trying to right itself.
Give yourself a break. Do not beat yourself up. If you feel ugghish, sluggish, if your tummy is distressed and you want to stuff your pie hole with anything that fits, well, just become aware of what you are doing and how it makes you feel.
Awareness is half the battle. You became aware that alcohol was a problem for you. Now, you're going to expand that awareness. Get into how your body feels.
And, by the way, give yourself a happy pat on the back for not putting any alcohol into your mouth. And a huge round of applause.
You are righting your mighty ship! That is the ship of your soul.
“Half the population of the industrialized countries has a magnesium deficit, which increases with aging. If normal or even higher levels of magnesium can be maintained, we may be able to significantly slow age-related loss of cognitive function and perhaps prevent or treat diseases that affect cognitive function.” -Guosong Liu, director of the Center for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
Are you aging?
Do you drink alcohol?
Alcohol does so much damage to our systems. Isn't it enough that we're aging?
Let's start with two things. Drinking alcohol interferes with our sleep and depletes our magnesium levels. There are plenty of studies that support these two facts. If you are, or were, a drinker, you know about the sleep issues. You may or may not be aware that drinking alcohol flushes your magnesium right down the toilet. It does.
Other things that deplete magnesium in your system include aging (not much you can do about that), eating processed foods and drinking sodas, some prescription drugs and calcium supplements.
Here are just a few reasons you need magnesium:
There's more but isn't that enough?
"Magnesium is an essential element found in some fruits, spinach, and other dark leafy greens. It is known to be important for the immune system. Consume less than 400 milligrams a day and you may be at greater risk for allergies, asthma and heart disease." -Nutritional Magnesium
I learned about magnesium L-threonate a few months ago when I was reading about undiagnosed adult women on the autism scale. I was gabbing with an old friend who is a psychiatrist and he told me that he'd just been to a conference where a doctor from the Perelman School at the University of Pennsylvania had given a presentation on treatment options for adults with autism. Those treatment options included the supplements NAC and magnesium L-threonate.
There it is again, I thought. Magnesium.
Magnesium L-threonate is the new kid on the block. Developed by a scientist at UCLA, it is easily absorbed, readily crossing the blood-brain barrier, aids with memory and other brain functions and is currently being explored for Alzheimer's treatment.
Finally, there is nothing like a bath in Epsom Salts. More magnesium! Magnesium sulfate.
Of course, it's highly recommended to get your vitamins and minerals from real food. Unfortunately, because of our dramatically depleted soil, our plants are deficient in magnesium, too.
Some combination of all of the above should have you adequately magnesium sufficient in no time.
Read more about Magnesium and Women's Health.
I am not a doctor nor am I a nutritionist. I am, however, a life-long health nut trained as a child by two old school health nuts to follow a path of good nutrition, exercise and natural remedies. I research remedies for and experiment with my own health and these are the results I share. What works for me may not work for you. Always check with your doctor first, especially if you take pharmaceuticals.
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