ALCOHOL 2+ TIMES / WEEK
WHAT DOES IT DO TO YOU? HOW CAN YOU MINIMIZE NEGATIVE EFFECTS?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Alcohol 2+ times / week'?
Alcohol is also a medicine when used in the right dose. Alcohol is recommended in Ayurveda during winter months as a remedy to blood stagnation. Two (2) tablespoons of wine represent a daily medicinal dose of alcohol during the month of January and February.
Alcohol can be grouped into several categories including beer which is heavy, wine which is light, and hard liquor which is highly concentrated.
Alcohol's Effects on the BodyHowever, Alcohol is a toxin and one should avoid consuming more than one glass of alcohol on an evening, and more than two glasses per week. It is hot, sharp, and penetrating. It irritates the lining of the digestive tract. Alcohol stimulates the liver and causes it to release bile, exacerbating any condition of liver deficiency. Since the liver is responsible for detoxification of all blood, it may become overwhelmed trying to metabolize more than a little alcohol. This overtaxing of the liver can result in bloodshot eyes, yellow-tinged sclera, red skin, body odor, and angry outbursts.
A person with hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) may crave alcohol to stimulate their liver. For this reason, hepatitis actually increases the risk of alcoholism. Ayurveda has many herbs which can safely help the liver without the user of alcohol.
Alcohol's heating effect is why the proverbial St. Bernard dogs would carry a bit of whiskey to revive a lost hiker in Alps. Initially, the heat of alcohol dilate blood vessels and help circulation. The hot blood circulates to the surface of your skin, possibly aggravating hives or heat related conditions, giving one a red neck.
The hot blood also explains alcohol's extroverted nature. The increase of heat in the blood makes one exuberant and stimulates the heart. The heart, which is a naturally affectionate and social organ, predisposes one to fun. When imbalanced, the exuberance can lead to risky social activities under the influence of alcohol.
Alcohol is a hot & sugary depressant. A person may become addicted to the relaxing effects, as well as the spike in blood sugar. For this reason, recovering alcoholics often crave sweets and candy. Professionals often drink coffee in the morning to wake up, and alcohol in the evening to wind down, putting their body on a dangerous roller coaster ride.
Remedies & Alternatives
There are many alternatives to drinking alcohol in social situations. To reduce consumption, drink slowly and on a full stomach. Stay hydrated. Avoid mixing different types of alcohols in a single evening.
To dilute the alcohol concentration, mix your drink with fun fruit juices such as granita, cranberry juice, lemon juice, or seltzer water. Bitters and sours added to alcoholic drinks can help your liver process the alcohol.
Food such as strawberries that are both sour, sweet, high in beta carotene and antioxidants can help your body deal with alcohol toxicity and reduce the effects of a hangover. Coconut water and other cool, soothing ingredients can help restore an inflamed gut. Coconut oil can help feed your liver, which may be exhausted.
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DIET FOR IMBALANCES RELATED TO 'ALCOHOL 2+ TIMES / WEEK'Augment your diet with these specially chosen ingredients below which may be useful for 'Alcohol 2+ times / week'. Individual results vary depending the cause of your imbalance and by constitution. Please research the ingredients below to find which are most helpful for you, and check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
PRODUCTS FOR IMBALANCES RELATED TO 'ALCOHOL 2+ TIMES / WEEK'
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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body.
WHAT IMBALANCES CAN IT CAUSE?
AGGRAVATES THESE DOSHAS & QUALITIES 'Alcohol 2+ times / week' is likely to aggravate the following doshas and qualities. If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities,
Ayurveda would generally recommend removing, substitute or lessen the frequency of 'Alcohol 2+ times / week'.
Imbalance AccumulatesImproper food and lifestyle causes balances to accumulate. Ayurveda shows you exactly which doshas and qualities will accumulate in your body. Once these doshas and qualities accumulate too much, they will begin to cause disease. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or quality by removing things that aggravate it from your diet and lifestyle.
V = VATA, P = PITTA, K = KAPHA
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FAVOR DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL EFFECTSEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using gunas. Gunas are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Alcohol 2+ times / week', you should select foods with the following qualities (gunas). Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance.
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PURGATIVEWhere general laxatives target the colon, purgatives are strong laxatives that target complete elimination of the small intestine. Use only sporadically as it can be habit forming.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Heart & Circulation:
VESSEL-TONICAn herb that improves the tone and integrity of blood vessel walls. This is helpful in easy bruising.
REFRIGERANTAn herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
HEPATOPROTECTIVEAn herb that is capable of preventing liver damage.
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
SEDATIVESedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE 0ALCOHOL 2+ TIMES / WEEK IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 0 - POTENTIAL CAUSE
Potential causes increase and disturb your imbalanced doshas and qualities, causing them to accumulate and spiral out of control. For example, if you're overheated and eat a chili pepper, heat may become excessive and cause disease. As a dosha or quality accumulates in your body according to your dietary and lifestyle habits, it is more and more likely to cause disease. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or quality in two ways, by removing, or lessening the frequency of aggravating causes from your diet and lifestyle, as well as by favoring balancing diet and lifestyle practices. For example, try eating something as cool as a cucumber when you're overheated, instead of a chili pepper.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITSThe following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Alcohol 2+ times / week'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKSARE YOU WONDERING HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP YOU?
WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic, systemic approach, instead of myopically focusing on the disorder in question. Ayurveda shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of gunas / qualities. For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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