I must confess, a glass of red wine with a vegan dinner is something that I feel very hard to refuse. My love for natural red wines is simple – they are vibrant, juicy, delicious and made by a passionate winemaker.
I follow a reasonable diet, which is actually not a diet, but more of a plant-based lifestyle. I also try to follow the guidelines for a responsible drinking and apart from a correct dosage of wine, there are at least two alcohol free day a week for me. It is my new year resolution and so far it was so good.
However, there is a lot of goodness in the foods that we eat and as soon as I know I am gonna have an occasional (oops, sorry a regular) glass of wine there was a need to research which are actually good for your liver and digestion. My research also has led me to find out that there are certain vitamins that are being seriously depleted by alcohol, so even if you are beer drinker or prefer something stronger – read this list too, it will help you feel better and live a healthier life. Cheers!
List of foods to eat for a wine drinker (any alcohol actually):
– foods rich in folic acid (peas, dark leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, citrus, beans, avocado, Brussel sprouts);
– hydration is important, so consider foods that contain water (quinoa, lettuce, spinach);
– glutamine heals the gut (veggie options include beans, beets, cabbage, carrots);
– alkaline diet reduces cravings for alcohol (spinach, kale, broccoli, cucumber, avocado, pepper);
– eat whole grains, beans and lentils;
– liver friendly foods like garlic, green leafy vegetables, sweet potato and beetroot;
– avoid sugar (refined sugars are evil, but even fructose isn’t great for your liver so try to avoid very sweet fruit too);
– eat nuts and seeds if cravings start to emerge during the day.
Supplements for a wine drinker
I prefer to stay on a safe side, so if I know I have slightly overindulged, I take a set of supplements.
– Calcium and magnesium supplements make you body more alkaline;
– B vitamins are destroyed by alcohol, so B1, B2, B3, B6 complex is of a great help;
– Vitamins A and C help protect the liver. Take beta carotene and 3 g of Vitamin C daily (if there was a big night out especially)
I cannot stress enough thought that our overindulgence in many many cases is a result of our emotional and mental state. I highly recommend ‘mental foods’ and strengthening your brain by sitting quietly in a meditative state. Here is another list about things to help you keep sane.
Good health everyone!