Drinking is a lot of fun. In moderation, it could be beneficial to our health as well. According to research conducted by Harvard School of Public Health, two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Although alcohol is considered beneficial, heavy drinkers may find that it significantly lowers a body’s capacity to absorb vitamins, leading to an increase in diseases.
Although several multi-vitamin and over the counter supplements are available to help you deal with vitamin deficiency, there is nothing better than including vitamin rich food as part of your daily diet. It is tastier than swallowing a pill, wouldn’t you say?
Here are a few suggestions to fight against the effects caused by heavy drinking.
Vitamin C helps you reduce the effects of oxidative stress caused by drinking regularly. Oxidative stress can lead to reduction of your cell’s protein levels and damage to your DNA. Fruits such as orange, strawberries, and grapefruits with high vitamin C content can help you negate the effects of oxidative stress on your body.
Drinking can also cause Vitamin B-1, or Thiamin, deficiency. Low levels of B-1 can lead to irregular heart function and muscle pain. Food items such as rice, bread and lean cuts of pork should be added to your diet to combat the lack of Vitamin B-1.
Lack of vitamin B-12 in your body can cause exhaustion and a sense of tiredness due to the lack of oxygen flow to your tissues. Fish (mackerel), chicken eggs and red meat (beef) can help you reduce the effects of Vitamin B-12 deficiency.
Vitamin B-9 absorption is significantly reduced due to heavy drinking leading to diseases such as anemia. To reduce the risk of vitamin B-9 deficiency, include lentils, spinach and beans in your daily diet.
So, if you are drinking heavy this weekend, make sure to load up on these foods to reduce the risk of vitamin deficiency. Your body will thank you for it.