In this episode I will teach you how to feel better after quitting drinking.
Alcohol had officially gotten in the way of my ability to show up fully for the things that mattered most. My family, my career, my friendships, my ability to be the change maker I know I was put on this earth to be.
AFTER FINALLY QUITTING DRINKING 6 YEARS AGO, I WAS CONFRONTED WITH A PANDORA'S BOX OF MYSTERY HEALTH SYMPTOMS.
I started to experience things like memory loss, brain fog, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression and no one had any tangible answers for me.
Things that are made me question whether or quitting drinking was worth it.
And then … after 3 years of going down never ending rabbit holes and endless Google searches I finally got to the root cause of the issue.
HINT: The key to feeling better after quitting drinking begins in the 2nd BRAIN, the GUT!
And now I want to show you exactly what I did to feel better!
In this episode I will teach you how to:
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SO why do you feel so terrible after quitting Drinking? TO DETERMINE WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE CASCADE OF SIGNALING STEMMING FROM YOUR 2nd brain, your gut.
Gut Imbalances (dysbiosis) & Gut Permeability (leaky gut) & quitting drinking
It feels like something is off in your brain but the signals that your brain is receiving and interpreting are actually coming from someplace else in the body. Some of the signals could be coming from your out of balance gut bacteria (dysbiosis). Others could be stemming from the permeability in your gut tissue & lining (leaky gut).
Chronic drug and alcohol use can lead to both of these conditions.
The first signs of dysbiosis and leaky gut are digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, increased sugar and processed food cravings, anxiety and depression.
Have you ever noticed how healthy food never sounds good after a night of drinking or using?
That’s literally because the high levels of bad gut bacteria are signaling from your gut to your brain that the chick-fil-a drive through sounds much better than the green juice.
Over/Under Active Immune System & Quitting Drinking
Another source of signals causing you to feel off could be originating from your immune system. 80% of your immune system lives in your gastrointestinal tract otherwise known as the gut. Gut bacteria imbalances and gut permeability hinders your body’s immune system from communicating from your gut to your brain efficiently. That’s when you might start experiencing over or underactive immune system issues, food intolerances or other mystery health symptoms.
High Inflammation Levels & Quitting Drinking
Drugs and alcohol cause inflammation in the gut, making it difficult for your body to absorb nutrients. The signals produced by inflammation could also be triggering the cascade of negative health symptoms throughout your body.
Neurotransmitter Imbalances & quitting drinking
Did you know that 60-90% of your neurotransmitters are produced in your gut? In a healthy, diverse and balanced gut microbiome that is. And then communicated 90% one way from your gut to your brain?
These are the neurotransmitters responsible for:
- Mood (serotonin)
- Motivation (dopamine)
- Concentration and focus (norepinephrine)
- Relaxation and sleep (GABA)
- Compassion, connection & love (oxytocin)
When I finally stopped to understand this I truly felt like it was the missing link I was searching for within my own recovery/health puzzle. When your gut is out of balance the production and communication of neurotransmitters is greatly impaired. This imbalance could be one of the reasons why you started to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol to begin with. Thus continuing the vicious cycle of not feeling like your brain and body is firing on all cylinders potentially leading to relapse
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO to Feel better after quitting drinking? I ALWAYS RECOMMEND FRAMEWORK FOR GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION OPTIMIZATION:
Do a targeted intervention to get the bad gut bacteria to die off by following a grain/sugar free, vegan eating plan for 3 days.
Help the good gut bacteria flourish by supplementing with the targeted probiotic strains (good bacteria) that have been shown to positively impact mental wellness (e.g. depression, anxiety and stress/cortisol response). It’s imperative that these targeted probiotic strains be matched with their preferred food source, commonly referred to as prebiotics, to encourage the growth of bacteria once they are there. Phytobiotics are also essential to include in your diet to protect the good bacteria once it’s there.
The production of your “feel good” neurotransmitters in your gut and improve signaling between the gut and brain by giving your body the key nutrients needed to repair gut lining that can often be in short supply in a compromised gut. These nutrients include zinc, alpha and beta glucans, antioxidants (e.g. vitamins A, C, and E), fish oil, and the amino acid glutamine.
Your brain by giving it targeted nutrients for enhanced mental focus, stamina and cognitive function. These nutrients include pomegranate, green tea, omega 3 fatty acids, guayusa and healthy fats like olive oil, avocado and coconut oil. Coconut oil contains many gut nourishing properties.
It is important to pay attention to lifestyle choices. Sleep, exercise, and stress can all affect the GI tract. Balancing those activities is important to an optimal digestive tract. Make sleep a priority. Start to incorporate a short 5-10 meditation in the morning right when you get up and before you touch technology. New to meditation? Start HERE with Tara Brach’s guided meditations for beginners.
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Love & Light,