If you have a 'dependency' on alcohol and have made the decision to get help, good for you! Once you have completed a alcohol program that will motivate you to take responsibility, your life will be different and you may opt to rebuild nutrients in your body by taking a vitamin supplement.
Depending on how long you have used alcohol, the frequency of use, how excessive your use has been you may be in need of detoxification; a procedure that will clean your system of the chemical toxins that have accumulated from your alcohol use. You may be wondering what vitamins you should take after alcohol use.
There are many different options for rehab and treatment but an alternative program that will put the responsibility back in your shoulders is by far more effective. A resident program will allow you to get away from the temptations and stresses of everyday life while you get better, while a nonresident program will allow you to continue your everyday routine while you are getting better.
Before you begin a vitamin regimen after alcohol use, it may be a good idea to have your doctor order a liver test among other exams to make sure that your organs are working properly and that you do not have a deficiency that may require medication in addition to vitamin supplements.
Vitamins to include in your daily routine should include vitamin C, Folic Acid and vitamin B12. Vitamin C is important because urination is increased with alcohol use and vitamin C, as well as other water soluble vitamins are removed from your system in your urine. Vitamin C increases the immune system and flushes the blood of free radicals.
Folic Acid is a B vitamin and is also one of those vitamins that are flushed from the body from alcohol use. Folic acid fights against certain diseases such as heart disease as well as certain types of cancers. If you are continuing your alcohol use through moderation, then most doctors recommend taking 400 mg of folic acid.
Vitamin B12 is absorbed more quickly in individuals who consume alcohol because the nutrient is blocked from the small intestine and is expelled more rapidly from alcohol consumption. Vitamin B12 promotes good blood health as it is effective in blood cell formation and in certain central nervous system abilities. Some individuals with low blood have a condition known as anemia. Taking vitamin B12 can help to combat this condition. Most doctors recommend that taking vitamin B12 can prevent certain blood disorders.
Please remember that when you choose to stop alcohol, you are choosing a healthier life style, and a balance meal plan will provide you with the same vitamins a doctor might recommend.
In addition to vitamin supplements, the NIH reported that after excessive alcohol use, most individuals should eat at regular times each day, optimally about every three hours and follow a healthy low fat diet. Studies reveal that alcohol cravings are more prominent in people who are hungry. Additionally, sugar and caffeine may also increase alcohol cravings and suggest that you try to avoid soda, dried fruits, treats, fruit juice and processed desserts.
A healthy diet should include fish, chicken, eggs, raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, potatoes, beans and pasta and non fatty meats. It is important that you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.If you truly need help overcoming alcohol use, call St Jude's, we can help you.