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I have suffered from depression and anxiety from an initial

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Hi, I have suffered from depression and anxiety from an initial incident of bullying at work. my work is quite stressful and I have two primary kids, my eldest is Asperger's. my 'switch off' from all the stress was a glass or two of wine which crept up to half to two thirds of a bottler. I am an intelligent and educated person and so fully aware that I am way over medial limits for a woman and I am scared of the damage I may have already done to myself. I hate the person that I have become but this 'release' is what has got me through. I am the wage earner in y house so unfortunately could not leave the abusive situation. I feel much more in control now and feel ready to stop drinking. Am I too late to reverse damage? what should/can I do to reverse any damage? any advice would be welcome.
Hi there,I have full sympathy to your cause.Circumstancs drove you to drink alcohol.However 1-2 drink daily is considered healthy as alcohol does have several good effets.Anything more than that is considered excessive drinking.Still, studies have shown alcohol related damage to the liver does not occur easily in most people.Some people are more sensitive to alcohol than other as they are slow metabolizers causing more toxic effects.But in majority of the population the effect is reversible.Even if you have some liver damage from alcohol consumption, that often reverses fully from alcohol abstinence and healthy diet and exercise over 6 to 12 month period. The best way to check for any liver damage will be a simple blood test like liver function test and a liver ultrasound.Please also address your stress and depression with psychotherapy, AA meetings, and prescription mediation like a SSRI ( citalopram for example).This will help you to avoid any relapse into alcoholism.Please eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables, especially dark green leafy vegetables and orange, yellow, purple and red colored fruits and vegetables. They have natural antiseptic and anticancer properties. Tomatoes, Beetroots and broccolis are very good for liver and also offer protection against cancer.Saturated fats like: full-cream dairy products, margarines, processed vegetable oils (hydrogenated fats), deep fried foods should be avoided.Please consider oat, rice, almond or soy milks.Eat the good fats which contain essential fatty acids in their natural unprocessed form.The examples of good fats are: cold pressed vegetable and seed oils, avocados, fish (especially oily fish such as sardines, salmon, tuna, herring, sablefish, flounder, trout, bass and mackerel), shrimp, prawns and crayfish, raw fresh nuts, raw fresh seeds such as flaxseeds (linseeds), sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, alfalfa seeds, pumpkin seeds and legumes (beans, peas and lentils). Spirulina, evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, borage oil and lecithin also contain healthy oils to help the liver.Please consume hummus, tahini, tomato paste or relish, freshly minced garlic and cold pressed oil (chilli or other natural spices can be added if enjoyed), nut-spreads, fresh avocado instead of butter or margarin.Please avoid artificial chemicals and toxins such as insecticides, pesticides, and artificial sweeteners and colorings, (especially aspartame), flavorings and preservatives. Excess alcohol should be avoided.Please consume a wide range of proteins from grains, raw nuts, seeds, legumes, eggs, seafood, and free range chicken (without the skin), and lean fresh red meats.If you want to be vegetarian, then be sure to take supplements like, vitamin B 12 ( 1000 mcg daily), iron ( 60 mg daily), taurine and carnitine (1000mg daily) to avoid poor metabolism and fatigue. To obtain first class protein, strict vegetarians need to combine 3 of the following 4 food classes at one meal – grains, nuts, seeds and legumes; otherwise valuable essential amino acids may be deficient. Best wishes,It was my pleasure to help you today.If I have answered all your questions, Please rate my response Excellent (click on the smiley faces) under this chat box only.Please bookmark my profile for asking further questions!This is the link to my profile:
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