By Cristin Lalone
Elm Staff Writer
Detoxing is a word that people can think of in different ways. Two of these ways are detoxing to get rid of toxins and bad foods in your systems and the other ways is to get rid of alcohol and its after effects. To 84 percent of college students that were tested in a study who said they drink in college the more important detox is probably going to be detoxing to get rid of alcohol from your system. You may feel a need to detox from alcohol after a bad weekend at the bar or a night that ended with alcohol poisoning. With detoxing or cleansing from alcohol, there are four aspects to follow to help you and your system become healthier. These are dietary changes, water intakes, vitamin B, and milk thistle.
Dietary changes are a great way to cleanse your system from the toxins of heavy alcohol drinks with help from many things to stay away from and just as many to eat to help you and your body. The first is to try a snack with natural sugars, such as berries. Do pick foods high in protein during the key detoxing time such as chicken, peanut butter, and fish. Oats are a good food for cleansing because it is key for controlling sugar and serves as a relaxant. Bananas are another great detox snack because they are a good source of energy, fiber, and potassium. Even with these good foods, you shouldn’t force yourself to eat large meals while detoxing. It is really smart to avoid junk foods and include nutrient rich food if you want the maximum benefits from the detox. Foods with the main ingredients of refined sugars or carbs should be avoided to increase your good results. You may also want to stay away from caffeine because it will promote and elevate chemical build up in your body.
When coming off alcohol, it is crucial to drink large amounts of water. However, you do not want to consume more than two quarts of fluids in one hour. This is the equivalent of 64 ounces or about 10 1/2 average 16-ounce water bottles. It is key with that to drink around 100 ounces of water a day, which is the equivalent of six average 16-ounce water bottles. It is best to stay away from caffeinated drinks to allow your system to stay calm and relaxed. Liquids should primarily be water, but it is okay to drink a few sports drinks, like Gatorade or Powerade, for a change in taste. Drinking enough fluids will allow your body to release the toxins and chemicals more easily and stay hydrated.
If you are a regular heavy drinker, you may want to keep a few vitamins in your medicine cabinet. From drinking on a daily occurrence, this can cause your vitamin B levels to be too low. This means it is important to take Vitamin B supplements to restore it in your body. You may also want to take Vitamin C and magnesium supplements to help keep you body functioning smoothly.
A supplement is to help your liver because of alcohol would be milk thistle extract. This is a natural supplement from a plant used mostly to protect and help the liver deal with toxins. It is also used for a large array of conditions, specifically kidney, gall bladder, and liver problems. Relating to alcohol, it is used to rid the body of toxins from the alcohol. It is also used to lower the seriousness of alcohol related side effects and stops the absorption of alcohol into the liver.
To keep your system from possibly needing any of these things you should drink one 8-ounce cup of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume. This will give your body time to break down each drink and hydrate you at the same time. Also eat a healthy meal before consuming alcohol. The food will soak up most of the alcohol you drink and help your body get rid of the alcohol faster. At the end of a night out it is also key to drink a large amount of water and take Ibuprofen before heading to bed. So before your next big weekend out at parties or the bar, you may want to head to Acme, Walgreens, or Rite-Aid and pick up Vitamin B, Vitamin C, magnesium, milk thistle extract, and a case of water.