Alcoholism - Hypoglycaemia – Gluten Intolerance
Many alcoholics have hidden food sensitivities particularly to foods from which alcohol has been derived; these include wheat, corn, yeast, grapes, sugar, fructose and potato. It is estimated that 80% of alcoholics are gluten intolerant. Alcoholics improve greatly when all grains and gluten products are removed from their diets.
Alcoholics also suffer from hypoglycaemia, low blood sugar and blood sugar instability. Individuals tend to experience cravings when they are hypoglycaemic and as a result experience sugar, carbohydrate and alcohol cravings, mood swings, irritability, gluten intolerance, brain fog and adrenal exhaustion. These conditions can be remedied by eating a nutrient-dense diet that contains plenty of organic protein, healing fats and fibre from leafy green vegetables.
The commonly held view of alcoholics as psychologically sick or simple lazy and irresponsible is simply not correct. For some time, it has been known that a large number of alcoholics suffer from hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar levels.
He or she drinks to relieve standard hypoglycaemic symptoms of depression, tension, irritability, tiredness, inability to think, and so on. The alcohol gives a blood sugar boost which acts as positive reinforcement, conveying relaxation, increased energy and in general, a reversal of the unpleasant hypoglycaemic sensations. Over a period of time the typical alcoholic displaces what little nutritious food he or she may still consume in favour of alcohol, until the diet is even lower in protein and nutrients, further setting the stage for more hypoglycaemia and, therefore, alcoholism.
The same progression can occur for a person who takes his or her first drinks due to true psychological problems. Long after the original psychological cause is gone, the physiological alcoholic addiction remains. Malnutrition usually precedes alcoholism and is aggravated by it.
The real worry about modern alcoholism treatment is its woeful long-term success rate. That means you need to be vigilant with every aspect of mental, emotional and physical well-being. If you want long-term sobriety, you need to look at your diet and take supplements to help curb sugar cravings and boost your Dopamine Neurotransmitter, the centre for satisfaction and reward.
You can recover from alcoholism but you cannot recover from hypoglycaemia overnight, but in a few short weeks you can feel much better. You can banish symptoms and correct the underlying metabolic errors by following a healthy diet and taking some nutritional supplements. You will need to give up foods containing refined sugar. That means virtually all sweets, biscuits, ice cream, etc. You may not want them when you’ve been drinking, but most alcoholics begin to crave sweets as soon as they go on the wagon. They pendulum between AA meetings and Overeaters Anonymous meetings.
Did you ever wonder about the similarities between alcohol and sugar? Both are carbohydrates with no nutritional value, all you get from them is calories. Both are absorbed directly into the bloodstream, and both can cause memory blackouts and intense cravings. In addition to sugars, the recommended recovery from alcoholism diet temporarily eliminates dairy products and wheat. Both are highly allergenic and one or frequently contribute to problems of alcohol allergy/addiction.
You will know within two weeks whether or not you are affected. If not, you can resume eating dairy products but I would be wary about foods containing wheat. Don’t let the word “diet” scare as you are not about to embark on a regime of grapefruit and lettuce leaves. You will be pleasantly surprised by the enormous variety of foods you can choose from. You will be eating three hearty meals each day with plenty of meat, chicken, fish and eggs and plenty of green leafy vegetables.
The best diet for the alcoholic is one that eliminates ALL GLUTEN, wheat and processed grains, soy, soda, sugar potato, fructose and processed carbohydrates. A nutrient-dense diet high in B vitamins, rich in clean protein, plenty of leafy greens and vegetables, low-sugar fruit and healthy, healing fats is the best diet for a recovery alcoholic.
Protein and fat help prevent blood sugar fluctuations, increase energy, fuel the brain and eliminate cravings. Protein, rich in amino acids provides fuel and helps balance brain chemistry by boosting the levels of mood regulating neurotransmitters. The first 40 grams of protein eaten every day goes to rebuilding the immune system. If you are not rebuilding your immune system, you will Havre a hard time rebuilding your brain chemistry to be happy and think straight. We need to change our thinking to change our feelings (emotions) to change our behaviour towards drinking alcohol.
Women are physiologically more sensitive to alcohol than men because their bodies tend to have lower water and higher fat contents. Alcohol abuse seems to have a more serious long-term consequences for women because of their stressful lives managing businesses and running the family home.
While you are detoxing, I would recommend taking an amino Acid supplements like Tyrosine Mood Food for the manufacture of dopamine and noradrenaline, which are required for concentration, alertness, memory and a happy, stable mood. If you switch from alcohol to caffeine this can also deplete your dopamine neurotransmitter.
L-Glutamine can reduce both cravings and the anxiety that accompanies alcohol withdrawal. You can find glutamine in my Ultimate Gut Health powder.
A good liver tonic like LivaTone Plus is recommended and can be beneficial in those who have an inflamed liver or a sluggish liver. LivaTone Plus also contains all the B vitamins and the amino acid Taurine. It also contains the antioxidant vitamins C and E.
Magnesium Ultra Potent can be taken before bed to assist with a deep and restful sleep. It also helps to reduce stress, very beneficial to anyone detoxing from alcohol. Magnesium is also known as the “great relaxer”.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.
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This is not very surprising as these foods can all cause intense cravings and frequently contribute to problems of alcohol allergy/addiction.
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I really like all of the points you made.