Anyone who is likely to experience the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal must seek help in a professional detox center, preferably an inpatient facility. This is the safest way to ensure a full recovery from this potentially dangerous syndrome and to make an easy transition from detox to rehab. However, according to a recent study by Detox.com, there are many foods you can eat to help your body get through withdrawal more easily and to ensure that you are receiving the necessary nutrients to protect yourself against any dangerous symptoms.
Dark, leafy greens are one of the best foods you can eat during alcohol withdrawal. These vegetables are high in folate, which is also called vitamin B9. Because alcohol removes B9 from the body, loading up on these vegetables is a great way to replenish what your body really needs during withdrawal. They are full of antioxidants, which can help fight the alcohol toxins still in your body. Make sure you steam these veggies to get the best possible results.
If leafy greens aren’t your preferred food, don’t worry. You can eat colorful fruits and vegetables like mangoes, raspberries, cherries, and bell peppers to get similar results. These foods can help get rid of the alcohol toxins in your body, flushing them out quickly so your withdrawal syndrome will occur faster. This is because of the carotenoids found in these fruits and vegetables, which add pigmentation to the skin but are strong antioxidants as well.
This is a good time to load up on complex carbohydrates like pumpkin, beans, lentils, and sweet potatoes. Complex carbs provide the body with much-needed energy, which can quickly become depleted during withdrawal. They are also high in fiber, which will help jumpstart your metabolism and flush out the toxins quickly, as well as soothe your digestive system. You’ll want to make sure you stay away from simple or refined carbs, however, as these are just filled with sugar and will not be able to provide you with any necessary nutrients.
Proteins in meats like beef, chicken, and turkey can give you energy during this trying time. In addition, those who abuse alcohol often have trouble retaining the nutrients found in protein-rich foods so making sure you take in plenty of these will help you get your body back to a healthier place, a place where you have enough protein to get through the day. If you do not eat meat, try eggs, Greek yogurt, or almonds instead.
Cayenne peppers are also extremely helpful foods during alcohol withdrawal. These peppers can treat some of the symptoms associated with the syndrome, including nausea and abdominal pain! Cayenne peppers are packed with several nutrients your body needs like fiber, potassium, protein, and vitamins A, C, K, and E. Who knew one little pepper could do so much?
Of course, it is important to remember that simply eating these foods will not treat your withdrawal symptoms on their own. You will still need to seek professional help for alcohol withdrawal.