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Will the damage done to my body by drinking alcohol ever be repaired? Transcript
Final question is from Rosie by email:
Will damage done to my body by drinking alcohol ever be repaired?
It depends on what type of damage. If you’re talking about the liver, the liver is one of the few organs in your body that can regenerate, that can repair itself.
So long as the damage hasn’t gone too far, into cirrhosis, then it can heal itself. Cirrhosis is scarring. It’s like when you get a deep cut, it produces a scar. There’s not a lot that you can do about it. There’s certain treatments that you can have surgically that can reduce the overall scarring.
When you’re talking about overall damage to your body, I think one of the main things is that it’s up to you to do what you can to heal.
I was listening to a doctor on YouTube the other day and he was talking about patients coming in and out of the surgery. He said that about 80% of people that come through the doors of the hospital to get treated through surgery are there because of conditions that are self-inflicted – obesity, lung problem because of smoking, drinker, people who take too many pills and potions.
Self-Recovery: Positive Thinking and Positive Action
Instead of trying to deal with things, they go down to the doctor and expect a magical solution. Another area is not just because of what people are doing to themselves but also what they’re not doing – not eating healthily, not getting the right nutrition, thinking negatively.
Whatever way you want to look at it, it’s just being nice to yourself, talking good to yourself. Just because you’ve had a so-called failure, it doesn’t make you into a failure. You have to learn by your mistakes.
Just by thinking positively isn’t going to help you. It’s not the “be all and end all.” It’s not the magic pill. It has to be combined with positive action. You can think all you want about being positive and be positive about everything until the day that you die. But if you don’t do something about it, then it’s all useless.
As far as repairing the damage, when you do stop drinking, your body finally is able to concentrate on getting rid of the alcohol out of your system and finally repairing some of the damage.
The whole thing is to try to help your body out as much as you can. There’s no point just sitting there and saying, “I’ll stop drinking. My body is going to do it on its own.”
You need to get out and exercise, even if it’s only just walking, just getting the air circulate your body. Combine that with good nutrition, with eating proper food and avoiding the bad stuff.
If you do positive self-talk, good nutrition, and exercise, you’ll give your body every chance of recovering and healing itself. Give quitting a chance and give it as much help as you can do and give it every chance of healing anything.
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