The Long Term Effects of Alcohol
Drinking alcohol leads to a number of degenerative diseases for one simple reason: dehydration. The severe dehydrating effects of alcohol on the human body can and will cause serious problems over the long term, and these issues may not be easily reversed. Find out why dehydration is your body’s worst enemy.
There is one major reason to stay completely away from alcoholic beverages of any sort. Alcohol is incredibly dehydrating. The human body requires a high level of hydration to function properly. Estimates on the percentage of water in the human body runs from 60% up to around 75%. Most functions in your body rely a great deal on certain elements, such as water and minerals, to be present and in perfect balance to one another. When you drink alcohol chronically, you are also chronically dehydrated, unless you are doing an astonishing job of drinking plenty of water every day. And by plenty, for an alcoholic, I would say a gallon of water every day would be a minimum. And that has to be counted separately from any water included in your alcoholic beverages. So, if you drink an 8 oz. bourbon and water, the water part doesn’t count toward your hydration needs.
If you are drinking a lot of alcohol daily and also not drinking a lot of water, you are running a very high risk of early death from a variety of degenerative diseases. These diseases would include: Crone’s, lupus, MS, cancer, heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Any illness or disease, though, will be made worse with the use of alcohol and its associated dehydration.
If you want to kick your addiction to alcohol one of the most natural ways to do it (which may also lead to a spiritual awakening for you) is to switch cold turkey to a raw foods diet. Within a couple weeks of switching to eating only raw, vegan food your body will tell you to stop drinking, and for the first time you will not only listen, you will be able to agree and comply with your body’s request. The raw foods diet detoxifies the body better than any other diet. It will rebuild you from the inside out because you will finally be feeding it the high nutrition that it has been wanting. Interestingly, alcoholism is actually a sugar addiction. When you balance out your body chemistry with the use of raw foods, especially a lot of dark, leafy greens, your cravings for sugar (and alcohol) will begin to go away. It happens pretty quickly too.
This is not a diet that you go on to just reduce weight; this is for the rest of your life. When you experience the deeply intense affects that eating raw foods have on you, and you stick with it for more than a few months, you won’t want to go back.
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