#healthinsider: WHY YOU SHOULD REDUCE YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE

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HAVING A GLASS OF WINE MAY SEEM LIKE YOUR ONLY SAVIOUR AFTER A BUSY DAY BUT IF YOU REALLY KNEW HOW DAMAGING ALCOHOL IS TO YOUR CELLS & TO YOUR LIVER YOU MAY THINK TWICE ABOUT HAVING THAT EXTRA GLASS OF CHAMPERS!

bM contributor and Nutritional Medicine Expert, Fiona Tuck explains why it’s a good idea to take advantage of Dry July and reduce your alcohol intake.


Whilst there may be some studies to show that red wine contains resveratrol which is good for our health, it is a myth to say that alcohol is actually good for us. But what about red wine I hear you cry, that’s good isn’t it? The truth is that the amount of antioxidants in a small glass of red wine are not concentrated enough to have significant health benefits if the rest of our diet lacking in phytonutrients and fresh foods.

Alcohol is a health and hormone wrecker, the more frequently you drink and the more you drink to excess, the faster the detrimental effects will be to your health. Immediate signs of too much alcohol can be a hangover however long term effects can show as red cheeks, dilated capillaries, skin irritations, pigmentation, weight gain around the tummy and a lowered immune system. Drinking too much alcohol puts a strain on the liver and the entire cells of the body as toxicity results if the alcohol is not removed thoroughly from the system. This explains the hangover symptoms experienced from over indulging the night before. Hangover symptoms include nausea, dehydration, a sensitive stomach (due to the cells in the stomach wall being irritated by alcohol) and cravings for junk food to elevate blood glucose levels.

+ Long term alcohol consumption can lead to psychological conditions such as mood swings, memory loss and depression. If you repeat the same stories over and over when you have had a few too many watch out, this is a sign of low vitamin B!

+ Alcohol can deplete vital nutrients from the body particularly the water soluble vitamins B and C, leading to devitalised skin prone to irritation and breakouts.

+ Too much alcohol can increase the need for increased levels of nutrients to detoxify the alcohol. The alcohol will also cause some nutrients to be excreted at greater rates than normal.

+ Alcohol can deplete the following nutrients so make sure you are topped up with adequate nutrients both internally via your diet

nutrients affected by alcohol:

• Vitamin B Complex – Deficiency of the B vitamins occurs with chronic alcohol consumption due to impaired absorption, utilisation and storage and reduced dietary intake of B vitamins. Redness, sensitivity and even pigmentation can appear on the skin. Tremors and memory loss can also be apparent.

• Zinc – Low dietary zinc due to a poor diet high in processed foods and malabsorption issues can make it more difficult for the body to process alcohol. The body requires zinc dependant enzymes for metabolism and therefore low zinc can affect almost every bodily function. Zinc deficiency can show in the skin as poor wound healing, excessive stretch marks, break outs and white flecks on the nails.

• Vitamin A – Chronic alcohol consumption can often lead to malabsorption and dietary deficiencies of vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for healthy glowing skin and a deficiency can result in poor skin healthy, dryness, premature ageing and “chicken skin’.

• Vitamin C – Vitamin C is required for healthy collagen production, protection against premature ageing and is also needed for the body to aid with detoxification of alcohol. Vitamin C supplementation can be beneficial in the treatment for alcohol toxicity or commonly known as a hangover. Vitamin C deficiency shows in the skin as redness, dilated capillaries, premature ageing and pigmentation issues.

By all means allow yourself the odd glass of alcohol in social however if you find yourself drinking alone or at home every night it is time to really ask yourself if you may have an alcohol dependency.

 

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