As outlined in the October 2010 edition of Wellness Matters, alcohol is clearly not a friend to your health.  The benefits received in an alcoholic drink, like red wine, are from the grape skins and seeds and not from the alcohol, which is fermented sugar found in the meat of the grape.  Also, even higher levels of antioxidants and bioflavanoids can be found in healthful sources like muscadines, acai berries, and green tea, and even in dietary supplements.  Consuming alcohol is not worth the risks like brain and liver damage, cancer, and even addiction.

When a person becomes addicted to a substance like alcohol, several factors are usually at play including emotional and spiritual issues that will need to be addressed.  The body will need to be detoxified from this potent neurotoxin.  As the body becomes nutritionally depleted due to alcohol consumption, nutrition must play a major factor in recovery.

Especially important are nutritional support to the liver, brain, adrenal glands, and pancreas.  Some people find it helpful to consume more:

  • Antioxidants
  • Amino acids
  • Dietary fiber to aid detoxification
  • Minerals, especially calcium and magnesium
  • Vitamins B and C

It is also paramount to avoid refined foods, like white flour found in breads, crackers, and pasta as well as refined white sugar and high fructose corn syrup found in cookies, cakes, pastries and candy bars.  Often this type of sugar is hidden in staple foods and goes by many names.  Becoming knowledgeable and reading labels is important.

Check out an addiction recovery program like Reformers Unanimous (www.reformu.com).

NATURE MILL®

Would you really like to compost but you are intimidated by all the work and correct combination of food items?  You might want to consider Nature Mill®, the indoor composter.  Nature Mill® makes it easy to figure out how to add certain foods and even has guidelines on when to add other materials to aid the composting process.  As it is an indoor composter, it is easy to access and is virtually odor free.  The best feature is that compost is automatically ready in about two weeks.

GIVE ME FIVE

Five ways to reduce stress:

  • Exercise
  • Eliminate sugar
  • Get organized
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Pray
ALCOHOL IS NOT A FRIEND TO YOUR HEALTH, PART 2: Addiction

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