If you are even considering an alcohol detox then congratulations as that is the first step towards a much healthier you. However you need to be aware that starting an alcohol detox can be a difficult and painful journey.
If you are a heavy drinker then always consult a trained medical professional and be honest about your alcohol intake as alcohol withdrawal can include severe complications such as seizures and hallucinations that can lead into what is termed “Delirium tremens” a medical emergency, which has a 5% mortality rate.
If you are more of a social drinker and less chemically dependent on alcohol, then you might consider an Alcohol Detox at home as the Alcohol Detox symptoms might be as “mild” as getting the shakes, sweats, nausea, diarrhea, headache, anxiety, a rapid heart beat, and increased blood pressure. Although these symptoms are uncomfortable, they are not necessarily dangerous. The difficulty for you is that they are often accompanied by the “craving” for more alcohol, making the decision to continue abstinence much more difficult to make.
If you are more of a social drinker you may be able to avoid many of the mild withdrawal symptoms by gradually reducing your intake of alcohol over time. For example you might ensure you drink lots of water in between each glass of alcohol. Or you could limit the amount you drink, or the days that you drink alcohol. For many people however having to limit oneself to say one drink a night is more difficult than having no drinks, as once one has the taste of alcohol it is sometimes difficult to stop at one.
If you are looking to do a home alcohol detox, and you are not a heavy drinker, then you can look to incorporate the following recommendations:
You can find many detox diet plans out there that generally start with a couple of days of fasting with water only, followed by a gradual increase of foods like fruits and vegetables. However unless you have strong will power, many of these detox diets are so restrictive that you can’t maintain them for long. Worse, especially if used long term, detox diets can cause harm.
So for you the best way to detox your body from alcohol might be to not go on a restrictive fasting diet but rather eat a balanced proper diet, eat more fruits and vegetables and reduce or cut out your intake of sugars and caffeine. Studies have shown that anything containing sugar or coffee will increase alcohol cravings. That includes therefore junk food, sodas, desserts and caffeinated drinks.
Sleep gives the body a chance to heal and allows the mind to rest after the day’s activities so that you can be fresh and able to face the next day. However for many people coming off alcohol, getting to sleep and remaining asleep can be a big problem for some months after alcohol withdrawal. Sleep issues may indeed be one of the reasons why a person first became addicted to alcohol in the first place. Therefore ensure that during your alcohol detox, you are taking enough time to rest, and try taking herbal teas and baths to relax you at night before going to bed.
An exercise program will help you sweat out toxins from your body and also create more of those feel good endorphins to make you feel better about yourself. Any exercise is good but many recovering alcoholics have found Bikram Yoga to be extremely beneficial. Not only does Bikram Yoga exercise every muscle, joint and organ in your body but it is done in a room heated to 105 degrees meaning that you sweat out all the toxins from alcohol abuse at the same time. You will feel amazing afterwards. Be sure to commit to a week’s worth of classes before you decide whether this type of exercise is for you and be absolutely sure to arrive at a Bikram Yoga class well hydrated i.e, not suffering from a hangover.
4. Take Alcohol Detox Dupplements – Alcohol depletes a wide range of nutrients, including B vitamins, and so it is important to ensure that your diet supplies enough. The following herbs and nutritional supplements are recommended for alcohol withdrawal:
• Milk Thistle
• Vitamins (especially vitamin B), including: A, B3, B6, C, D, E.
• Primrose Oil
The best supplements for alcohol detox and alcohol withdrawal are found here.
5. Find a buddy – A support system is vital for decreasing your alcohol use at home. Someone that will hold you accountable, and help you through the withdrawal symptoms including ensuring that you drink lots of fluids and electrolytes.
Have you ever tried an alcohol detox at home? Did you succeed and what helped you to get through it?