Stop Drinking Alcohol 57 – How To Help Clean Your Liver After Stopping Drinking! (The Write Part)
I’m Kevin O’Hara for Alcohol Mastery. This is Stop Drinking Alcohol 57.
I had a bit of a rest last week. I was knackered and I just thought to take a week off from doing the diaries. Anyway, there was a couple of videos up but nothing too spectacular. Back to normal now! I’m feeling much more relaxed.
Looking after Your Body
Today, I wanted to talk about looking after yourself, especially when you’ve stopped drinking. I think it’s so important that you give your body the tools that it needs to repair itself. When you haven’t got that drink going through your system anymore, your body is probably going through repairing processes that it hasn’t done for a long time, if you think about it.
If you cannot be arsed to look after yourself, then who the hell is? Who is gonna look after you? Nobody. Nobody can force you to eat good food or get up and do exercise.
The Battered Liver
When you’re drinking, your liver especially has to put up with such a battering. If you think that the alcohol that’s flying through your bloodstream and your liver is dealing with this blood at about one and a half litres per minute, that’s pretty quick. It’s a really quiet toxic process, if you think about.
If alcohol came on to the market today, it would never get past the drug and food administration. Not just wouldn’t get past that…when your body is trying to deal with this, it’s doing it for your sake. It’s turning something really toxic into something less toxic.
When we’re talking about drunkenness, it’s just another word for toxic poisoning. Acute toxic poisoning. That’s drunkenness. All the symptoms of drunkenness include dehydration, headaches, nausea, vomiting, shaking, feeling like you have a really bad flu – otherwise known as a “hangover”. These are all symptoms of self-poisoning.
The Liver’s Vital Role in the Body
The reason I’m talking about the liver in this way is because it’s such an important organ inside your body. Without the liver, you just can’t function. The liver is that complex that there’s no way that they can make a prosthetic liver. They can do your heart now, they can put a kidney machine, all that kind of stuff, but the liver – no. You’re hooked up to a machine for the rest of your life which is only gonna be short.
Diverting The Liver From Keeping You Alive
But the point is that when you’re feeding yourself alcohol, your liver is not doing what it’s supposed to do. It’s concentrating its energies on getting rid of this massive toxic burden that you’ve just put on to it. It can’t do anything else – it can’t deal with the normal toxins that are going into the body. So all of these are still going around and floating around in your blood stream, your fat cells…they become a part of who you are – all this crap.
That’s the reality of it.
So when we drink, it’s very difficult for your liver to get around to doing what it’s supposed to be doing – its normal job of just keeping your body healthy. And that’s all because we’re taking drugs, because we’re drug users. Every time we take drugs, the liver cannot get out of this emergency toxic overload situation where it’s just desperately trying to get rid of it. It needs to get that out of your body.
The Remarkable Liver
But the great news is that it is one of the most versatile and one of the strongest organs in your body. Once you’ve quit drinking and you get alcohol out of your life, you stop poisoning yourself, then your liver is not in this cycle anymore. You’ve freed it up to be able to do what it’s supposed to do. And it will start repairing itself. It will start to do the work that it was designed to do in terms of getting rid of all the normal toxins that are in the air around you, that are in the food that you’re eating. It will start to get rid of the toxins that are stored up in your body because it just couldn’t deal with it at the time.
I was terrible for it. Not only was I drinking just so much beer, but wine, the occasional spirits, so much alcohol was going into my body that it was just unreal.
Food and Nutrition After Quitting
But it wasn’t just that – it was all the crap that was following. When you’re drunk you just don’t give a shit about what you’re eating. It doesn’t cross your mind that eating the burger is just adding to the insult.
Since I’ve quit, for the first six months I just was dieting. I wasn’t losing lots of weight because I was eating the wrong foods, still. I started reading a lot of books about food and nutrition, and from there I just went vegetarian. I don’t know if I read the wrong books or the right books because eating meat just scared the hell out of me, like I thought “I’m not putting that stuff into my body anymore”. It was a lot to do with the hormones and just the chemicals that were being pumped into animals’ bodies and stuff but…I read a few evolutionary arguments that sort of put me off eating meat as well.
Anyways, I’m vegetarian and that’s not gonna be for everyone and that’s not what this is about. I definitely would recommend that you eat a lot of vegetables in your diet – 6 a day, 10 a day, if you can get it.
Life Giving Water
Another thing that I do regularly is get up in the morning and have water and then try and drink as much water as I can during the day. Often with a bit of lemon in it – I think the lemon just adds a bit of something else. It’s a natural fresh thing. Sometimes water can be a bit boring but a little bit of lemon juice is nice.
Other things that I tend to eat a lot of include rice, a lot of brown rice, whole-wheat, lentils, beans, so many different forms…it all depends on your taste. You can add different things to flavor them up.
Exercising for Weight Loss
As well as that exercise is another essential; getting out every single day and doing something, even if it’s only a walk around the block, a couple of kilometres or something like that. I try and do 7 or 8 kilometres every day if I can, and one or two days I’ll try and push it up to 20 or 25 kilometres, depending on how much time I’ve got.
As well as that I like Yoga so I get up in the morning, I do a bit of Yoga…I’m not doing a hell of a lot yet, mostly it’s just a stretch. I’ve had a bad back nearly all my life and yoga seems to be helping me out. It’s just getting up in the morning and having that first stretch for half an hour. I was never a big fan of the gym, but I think we’ll try it out once.
I’ve about another I think 14 pounds to lose to get down to my goal weight. A lot of people are saying that I’m losing too much weight, but believe me, I’ve still got the weight where I don’t want it, and it’s around my midriff and the other parts of my body where they shouldn’t be. I think for a man the most dangerous part to have the fact is around your belly, a doctor told me that a long time ago and I just couldn’t get rid of it because I was DRINKING TOO MUCH and eating shite.
The ‘Not-Really-Dieting’ Diet
So I’m gradually seeing it disappearing and when I’m saying I’m losing weight, I am watching my calories but I’m not hungry at all; I’m just eating a lot of different foods. Instead of eating carbohydrates in the evening, I eat a lot more vegetables in the evening. So, a lot of bulk takes away the hunger and I eat a rash of carbohydrates at lunchtime. It seems to be working. Once all this weight is gone then I think I will go back down to the gym.
By Feeding Your Body, You’re Feeding Your Mind
When you start to give yourself a good diet, when you start to treat your body right, you look after your nutrition and you get out and you do exercise, then you’re not only helping your liver (I’m saying focus on your liver because it’s an organ that you really need and once that’s working properly again, it’s gonna really help to flush out everything and to keep your body ticking over well. But, by helping your liver and by doing all this kind of stuff, you’re helping your body as a whole.
Feed Your Body, Feed Your Mind
Nutrition and exercise is a very natural and healthy way to look after yourself. It not only looks after your body, but you’re also going to be strengthening your mind, because your mind runs on basically the same building blocks as your body. So, by feeding your body, you’re also feeding your mind. Does that make sense?
More on the Liver
I’m going to do a couple of videos later in the week about some of the things that you can eat to help your liver, some of the things that you should avoid to help your liver, and some of the other things in your life that you should be doing to give your liver the tools that it needs. If you look at the spelling of “liver”, it’s “l-i-v-e-r” – the first four letters of that word should tell you everything. Without your liver, you just don’t live.
God bless the liver. Here’s to the liver!
I’d love to hear any questions that you have. I’d love to hear any stories. I’m hearing great stories every day of people who are quitting and who are going through the process. Fair play to you. It’s a good life. It’s an awful shite life when you’re drinking alcohol, I’ll tell you that much. Once you get off it, there’s just no looking back.
I’m Kevin O’Hara for Alcohol Mastery.
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