Can Physical Fitness Help an Alcoholic?

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Alcohol can have a tremendous effect on an individual’s physical fitness especially if the individual has excessive and chronic alcohol use. Alcohol use that is anything more than moderation can be detrimental to proper organ function and can begin to breakdown the body. However, physical fitness can help an ‘alcoholic’ in a number of ways such as eating properly, getting the right amount of exercise and taking a nutritional supplement.

Chronic and excessive alcohol consumption can have damaging effects on the body especially the liver with the most common occurrence being Cirrhosis. Cirrhosis of the liver is permanent scarring of the liver and can lead to liver failure and death. While you will not be able to reverse the damage caused to your liver, you can prevent future damage by quitting alcohol now.

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to good physical fitness. A healthy weight can work to prevent high blood pressure, type II diabetes, heart disease, an overall positive self esteem and self confidence and can prevent certain types of cancers. While many doctors argue that red wine, in moderation, can provide many health benefits.

However, alcohol can also negatively impact physical fitness. For example, alcohol can impact the body’s ability to build muscle because it dehydrates muscle cells preventing water retention in muscles. Alcohol can also prevent the cells from proper nutrient absorption not to mention the fact that alcohol will put on weight because it is fattening.

In addition to the physical impact alcohol can have on your body, it can also impact your psychological well being. For many individuals, mood stimulates alcohol use. If you are having a stress filled day, it is likely that someone with an alcohol use issue would drink to forget the stress. Rather than dealing with ways to alleviate the stress, they seek comfort in a bottle. Over time, this practice may lead to habitual alcohol use. Your problems are still there, further complicated by alcohol use. Instead of drowning your stress away in alcohol, grab a bottle of water and walk it off.

Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and taking a nutritional supplement are good strategies that can help increase physical fitness. Most nutrition specialists recommend that if you have excessive alcohol use, it is a good idea to increase your intake of Vitamin C, Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid. These vitamins are expelled when there is a large amount of alcohol consumption. Vitamin C will help to increase a healthy immune system and Folic Acid will work to rebuild blood and prevent certain types of cancers; while Vitamin B12 will work to increase overall blood health and blood cell formation.

In addition to taking these vitamins, drinking eight glasses of water each day will keep your system flushed. Combined with a healthy low fat diet that is high in protein in which you eat six small meals each day will help to combat alcohol cravings and will promote a healthy overall appearance.