I’ll skip the introduction and get straight to the point:
- About 95% of alcohol is metabolized in your liver via enzymes like alcohol dehydrogenase (the key player), catalase and cytochrome P450. While this might sound like our bodies are equipped to do this, very few people—especially past the age of 30—can actually produce optimal amounts of dehydrogenase; women produce a smaller amount of this enzyme making them less able than males to breakdown alcohol.
- When you first ingest alcohol, for most, your blood sugar will rise. The problem lies within the low blood sugar you experience after drinking alcohol. Hypoglycemia could influence cortisol levels, digestive health, binge eating and a host of other unfavorable symptoms.
Alcohol is associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Even drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can influence the balance of flora in the small intestine. SIBO has been linked to fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and rosacea.
- Leptin (the hormone that regulates fat in the body) could become compromised because of hypoglycemia (see #3). The last thing you want to do is make leptin angry—especially past the age of 30!
- From the micronutrient deficiencies (like Vitamin A) and dehydration, alcohol greatly affects the appearance of your skin.
What do I advise when my clients ask me how to drink healthfully? There is no real “healthful” way—unfortunately. My recommendations to help avoid the serious pitfalls of drinking alcohol:
- If you’re going to drink alcohol, make sure your diet is 95% clean, filled with my list of 1 Ingredient Foods.
- Take Saccharomyces Boulardii for the small intestine.
- TakeLife Extension Anti-Alcohol Antioxidants before drinking alcohol.
- Consume fermented foods like kimchee and sauerkraut.
- Take my Kale Shots throughout the day for optimal liver health.
- Finally, schedule your next Digestive Health Detox to optimize gut microbiota.