This little-known condition may be the reason for your alcohol and sugar addiction. Find out how the Body Ecology program and a simple fermented drink can help you recover from alcoholism and hangovers.
Did you know that an estimated 10% of men and 3% of women struggle with alcohol dependency?1
And even if you don't consider yourself addicted, keep in mind that 3.6% of cancer cases worldwide are alcohol related.2
While studies are showing that consuming alcohol can have somehealth benefits, there are many other reasons that alcohol consumption, especially when excessive, can dehydrate your body, feed candida and deplete your body of minerals.
If you occasionally drink too much or are a recovering alcoholic, then Body Ecology can help you feel better and fight the urge to drink!
Alcohol and Your Body
Your liver metabolizes alcohol, but when you drink too much, the alcohol (a toxin) affects your adrenals, kidneys, liver, stomach and small intestines.
After you drink too much alcohol, you might experience:
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hormone imbalances
But the long term effects of alcohol are more dangerous and include:
- Fatty liver (steatosis)
- B vitamin deficiency
- Severe mineral deficiency
- Loss of muscle tone
- Grey hair
- Sagging skin
- Early aging
Body Ecology: The Alcohol Remedy
Fortunately, Body Ecology is uniquely suited to helping to heal the imbalances that occur with alcohol abuse. Whether you had a few too many drinks last night or are a recovering alcoholic.The Body Ecology program was created to help conquer candida, a systemic fungal (yeast) infection that affects most people with alcoholism.
Alcoholics usually have candida that has spread to the liver and as a result, experience powerful cravings from the overgrowth of yeast organisms AND an addiction to sugar and more alcohol.
If you have candida, you may find yourself drawn to sugary foods and alcohol, so it's not surprising that many alcoholics turn to carbohydrate - rich food when they stop drinking.
The Body Ecology system of health and healing works to balance your body, restore your vitality and eliminate candida and sugar cravings. A cornerstone of the program is fermented foods and drinks. One of the fermented drinks that founder Donna Gates created, is Young Coconut Kefir.
Young Coconut Kefir takes the mineral-rich juice of young green coconuts and ferments it, so that it is full of healthy microflora (probiotics).
Over the years, we've received great feedback about the health benefits of Young Coconut Kefir, including:
- Can rehydrate your body
- Populates your gut with microflora (good bacteria and yeast),
- Helps heal your stomach, liver and intestines.
- Clears your skin
- Improves your energy
- Tones your intestines and flattens your stomach
- Eases digestion
- Eliminates joint pain
- Enhances immunity
- Makes a good hangover cure
With all the beneficial properties of young coconut water plus the benefits of probiotics, Young Coconut Kefir is just as important for recovering alcoholics as it has been for other health issues.
In fact, 2 cups (or more) each day of Young Coconut Kefir can help eliminate your sugar and alcohol cravings.
Fermenting the juice of the young green coconut with beneficial microflora removes the detrimental effects that come from consuming the natural sugars in the fresh coconut water. Young Coconut Kefir provides the defense your body needs to fight the symptoms of a hangover - and the systemic fungal infection caused by candida.
The two fermented liquids are not the same, however, and it is important for B.E.D.ers to understand the difference.
Young coconut kefir is made by adding starter culture to pure coconut water. This starter culture contains lactobacillus and the two, beneficial yeast traditionally found in milk kefir. If cravings for sugar and alcohol are an issue for you and your goal is to quickly overcome many of your health and digestive problems we suggest you drink a minimum of 2 cups per day. (A quart per day would be even better.) Once your cravings have subsided, this amount can be reduced.
While the taste of Young Coconut Kefir is quite sour, most people soon grow to love this drink and it will become one of your most valuable healing tools. In fact, it is the sour taste that dampens the desire for sweets. Young Coconut Kefir can also easily be flavored to change its taste if desired.
CocoBiotic is made from purified water plus coconut water that has been specially harvested for us from wild-crafted coconuts in Thailand. The water is immediately placed in a freezer where it travels by ship to Australia. Grainfield's of Australia uses their patented Ferm Flora process that has super-hardy strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus delbreukii. The formula also has two wonderful yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. CocoBiotic travels by air or a refrigerated sea container to reach us here in the US.
Cocobiotic is a wonderful tool for wellness and is preferred by many parents and pediatricians to a probiotic supplement in a capsule. Besides being convenient and very effective, if you are tired of consuming lots of capsules per day, you will enjoy this new delivery system.
A small amount is very potent. The Ferm Flora process ensures that these microflora are extremely hardy and remain so to survive the long and dangerous trip into your intestines. Only two servings ( 2 ounces) per day are needed to supply approximately 15 billion microflora that will quickly colonize your intestines.
Both Young Coconut Kefir and CocoBiotic can be added to any other liquid you are drinking... even wine or alcohol... to help negate the dehydrating effect of alcohol.
The Body Ecology System of Health and Healing has other important foods for reestablishing and maintaining your health. Try Stevia, raw cultured vegetables, apple cider vinegar, probiotic liquids, and eating in a balanced way as you begin to heal your body from too much alcohol.
Remember, an alcoholic will have a systemic yeast infection and must have an antifungal strategy. The Body Ecology Diet is the most effective program for eliminating the yeast that causes cravings.
Cleansing Your Liver
Help your liver help you! Your liver detoxifies your blood and cells, especially if you've had too much alcohol. LivAmend helps cleanse your liver and increases bile flow to help you heal.
Your liver is one of the main organs that cleanses toxins from your blood and tissues, so if you want to heal the damage alcohol has done to your liver, you would benefit from LivAmend, a special supplement that supports healthy liver and bowel elimination.
LivAmend enhances your liver function, stimulates the flow of bile, and aids in digestion.
This healing blend of natural components (wasabi, artichoke extract, sarsaparilla) can help you recover your health, by detoxifying and cleansing your liver. For an excellent article on this topic be sure to read Why These Three Natural Foods Provide a POWERFUL Boost to Your Liver's Health. Three capsules three times a day is recommended.
As with any addiction, keep in mind that spiritual and psychological support go hand in hand with nutritional therapy. Once you commit to caring for yourself physically, you will find that you will want to care for yourself in all other areas of your life.
Many people have told us that as they eat the healing foods on the Body Ecology program, they physically become free from fatigue, pain and cravings so that they can effectively face their emotional and spiritual recovery.
It's amazing what can happen when feeling good is your natural state.
Worman, Howard, "Alcoholic Liver Disease." http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/gi/alcohol.html
Perkins, Cynthia, "Addressing Alcoholism with Diet and Nutrition, NaturalFamilyOnline.com, 21 Jun 2004. http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/33/diet-nutrition-treating-alcoholism/
2 Sahelian, Ray, "Alcohol Treatment," RaySahelian.com.