In the last part of this series, I want to touch on how to remove toxins that build up in the body as a result of substance abuse and the recovery process.
Methods to Detoxify the Body
Any detoxification process can generate large amounts of free radicals, which are linked to a wide range of health concerns. Therefore, it's important going into this process that you understand how to neutralize free radicals. Taking 200–300 mg daily of alpha lipoic acid (also known as thioctic acid or vitamin N) during the initial phases of detox is essential.
The amino acids glutathione and glutamine are another great help in detoxification. They not only help neutralize toxins, but can improve liver function—something that is often compromised in people with addictions to alcohol or drugs. One of the most economical and effective methods of raising the levels of these amino acids is by consuming protein powder.
I recommend a protein shake each morning with 30 to 35 grams of whey protein mixed with water or skim milk. I like to add cinnamon powder, creatine (5 grams), ribose powder, a tablespoon or two of lecithin granules, ice and sometimes half a banana to complete the drink. I often add two tablespoons of either chia or ground flaxseed as well. It’s an easy and cost-effective way to increase glutathione levels and has dozens of other health benefits.
Water-based drinks like lemon water or ginger tea also can help to detoxify the body, as well as reduce inflammation and bloating due to malnutrition and glucose imbalances brought on by alcoholism.
I’d also suggest the use of saunas. When used properly, saunas—particularly far-infrared saunas—can have a profound effect in detoxifying your body. The far-infrared technology heats you “from the inside out,” which means that the heat penetrates deeper into tissues.
Detox and Recovering From an Addiction to Alcohol
While the four steps outlined in this series will bring most individuals a long way toward recovery from addiction to alcohol, remember that everyone’s situation is different. Further tests, such as blood work, hair analysis, kinesiological exams, symptom surveys, and even acupuncture evaluations, can help home in on additional problems that may need to be addressed.
Future planning should focus on the fundamentals of good health. A clean low-carbohydrate diet, a good overall supplement regimen, exercise, plenty of clean water, adequate rest, and using a good probiotic for re-establishing proper bowel bacterial flora should be part of every day.
Now It's Your Turn: Have you ever had to detoxify your body, or helped anyone detox from alcohol or drugs?
Read the Rest of the Series
- Recovering From an Alcohol Addiction, Part I—Nutrition
- Recovering From an Addiction to Alcohol, Part 2—Digestion
- Addiction to Alcohol Recovery, Part 3—Blood Sugar
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