Eating may be the furthest thing from your mind when your body is withdrawing from alcohol, but alcohol affects how your body metabolizes and utilizes nutrients, making eating an important part of your recovery. Initially, you may not be able to eat much, but as your symptoms improve, it's important that you eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods from all the food groups to replenish nutritional deficiencies.
Get Your Minerals.
Recommended Diet for Alcohol Withdrawal.
If your body can't absorb fat, then it's not absorbing the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Vitamin A plays a role in eye and immune health; sources include fish, milk and carrots. Vitamin D is important for bone health, and drinking fortified milk and eating fatty fish such as salmon can help your body meet its needs for this vitamin. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects your healthy cells from damage; good sources include vegetable oils and almonds. Good choices for vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting, are leafy greens and olive oil.
Get Your Bs.
Deficiencies in minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc, can also occur from drinking too much alcohol for a long period of time. Calcium and magnesium are both important for bone health. Dairy foods and leafy greens are good sources of calcium, while whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables can help you meet your magnesium needs. You need iron to transport oxygen throughout your body. Meat, beans and raisins can help you meet your iron requirements. Zinc assists with wound healing and immune health; beef, beans and almonds can help replenish zinc in your body.
As tolerated, you should resume solid foods and start eating a balanced diet. Even if you ate well while drinking, alcohol impairs protein digestion and fat absorption, which impacts nutritional status. A balanced diet includes a variety of foods from all the food groups in the right amounts to meet your calorie needs to maintain a healthy weight. It is a diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables; whole grains; lean sources of protein, such as poultry, fish or beans; and low-fat dairy. Eating a variety of foods from all the food groups helps ensure that your body gets all the essential nutrients.
Focus on Hydration First.