Alcohol Detox: What to Know If You Need It
The holidays are a time of parties and cheer, but for some the accompanying drinking can be more of a problem than fun. Many think alcoholism is something that can be controlled with reasonable arguments and willpower; however, that`s often not the case. Alcohol changes the body`s chemistry. Long-term, abusive alcohol use creates a toxic liver, depletes nutrients, and stores poisons from the metabolism of alcohol in the body – and those stored poisons can cause cravings. This is the reason that alcohol detoxification centers are used; however, most detoxification centers use drugs to induce the detoxification process and to remove the stored poisons that cause cravings. However, as with most things that drugs attempt to do, natural methods are also available. Natural ways are often superior because they don`t introduce toxic chemicals into the body when the end goal is health.
Controversial as he may be, L. Ron Hubbard was actually at the forefront of natural drug and alcohol detoxification therapies. He understood that drug and alcohol cravings are often caused by remnants of those substances and their metabolic leftovers in the body. He also understood the inverse to be true. Namely, if one removes those remnants, the cravings would cease and the problem could easily be eliminated.
L. Ron Hubbard`s highly successful program relies on health building and detoxification techniques including: replenishing nutrients, consuming healthy foods, daily aerobic exercise, and the use of daily saunas.
Participants on his program run daily, then sit in a dry sauna for extended periods to sweat out stored toxins. Cold-pressed vegetable oils are drunk daily to help detoxify poisons, particularly drug residues, from the fat cells of the body – where they can be lodged even years after consumption.
Problem drinkers tend to get more of their calories from alcohol and fewer from food; the body requires numerous nutrients to break down alcohol, so nutrient deficiencies are common in those with drinking problems. Nutrient deficiencies may also contribute to the problem.
B vitamins are often depleted in those with drinking problems and replenishing them can help restore balance. Some alcoholics have even been found to spontaneously stop drinking after receiving large doses of vitamin B-3. B-vitamins are also some of our detoxification vitamins, so they`re important for any body to have in ample amounts. Calcium, magnesium, chromium, C, and E supplements are also helpful in restoring the body`s equilibrium. Maca root is a nutrient-dense super-food and it`s rich in B, C and E vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and chromium.
Whole foods, especially ample vegetables and greens, are an important part of any drug or alcohol detoxification program. Caffeine, sugars, processed foods, and drugs should be avoided.
source: Natural News