Alcohol and drugs deplete the body of B-complex vitamins, zinc, magnesium and other nutrients.
A hangover is mainly an acute nutritional deficiency.
When we begin drinking alcohol the nutrient deficiencies worsen, and this further increases the cravings for alcohol or sugar.
The body can run on alcohol although it is a poor fuel, as it wrecks our body balance over time. Often we will find ourselves going after carbs or sugar when cutting down on alcohol.
Alcohol and sugar addiction is closely tied, why it is not uncommon to find food addiction issues surface after alcohol rehab.
The biochemical and nutritional aspects of addiction, are still not widely understood in the medical community. Some of the major nutritional causes for alcohol addiction and cravings include nutrient deficiencies, toxic metal excess, adrenal gland exhaustion, blood sugar issues and yeast infection in the intestines.
Typical symptoms of someone struggling with uncontrolled blood sugar that will feed the craving cycle of addiction:
1. Irritability before meals that improves upon eating.
2. Extreme hunger that can come on fast.
3. Inability to skip meals or eat late.
4. Cravings for sugars, starches or alcohol.
5. Nervousness, irritability, exhaustion, dizziness, tremors, faintness, cold sweats
Blood sugar dysregulation is always correlated with any addiction. However, which one of the other underlying biochemical factors that is driving the addiction from the physical aspect, can only be revealed through biochemical labs that screen for those indicators.
If you don't know what is driving the disease biochemically, you can't treat it.
In particular, many alcoholics develop copper and cadmium toxicity as a result of zinc deficiency. This can result in many serious conditions including hair loss, infertility, brain fog, depression and heavy metal accumulation that impacts brain health.
Candida overgrowth is another key to understanding alcoholism in many cases. The yeast itself produces a small quantity of alcohol as part of its metabolic processing of sugar. It also produces chemicals that are highly toxic to the body, such as acetaldehyde. This further impairs liver activity and further slow one’s healing process.
Even if you stop drinking, but you still have candida overgrowth, internal alcohol production continues.
This is especially an issue if they eat a diet that spikes blood sugar too much throughout the day - even fruit needs to be restricted during a candida kill-off.
3 natural remedies to target attack yeast issues in 3 weeks
1. Wild oregano oil
The phenols in oregano oil are highly concentrated and extremely effective in fighting bacterial infections, fungal infections and candida overgrowth.
2. Raw apple cider vinegar
Balances blood sugar and body ph levels to prevent candida overgrowth. A tablespoon to a tablespoon taken before each meal aids digestion and prevents undigested food particles from feeding candida in the gut.
3. Virgin coconut oil
The medium chain fatty acids that make coconut oil such a great energy source are also what fuel its ability to fight candida. Fatty acids like caprylic acid and lauric acid are potent antifungal agents. Work up to taking 3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day for therapeutic purposes.
References Williams, R., Prevention of Alcoholism Through Nutrition, Bantam Books, New York, 1981. Wilson, L., Nutritional Balancing And Hair Mineral Analysis, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc., 2010 and 2014.