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Home truths about alcohol

Alcohol


With Summer making a great appearance this month I’m sure many of us are taking full advantage. And with the sun comes BBQ’s and alcohol, so I thought I would give a few home truths about alcohol. The good the bad and the ugly to help people understand if they are damaging their health this summer, or if its ok for another beer or prosecco

The Facts:

Alcohol can contribute to malnutrition (lack of nutrition to the body) by replacing foods needed for essential nutrients, alcohol interferes with absorption, storage and the metabolism of the essential nutrients

How Alcohol is digested:

The digestive system is supposed to work this way: The body begins to breakdown food into usable molecules in the mouth and continues the process in the stomach and intestines, with help from the pancreas

Nutrients from digested food is absorbed into the blood from the intestines and carried to the liver where they are prepared for immediate use or for storage for later use

Alcohol inhibits the natural breakdown of nutrients in several ways Impairing nutrient absorption by damaging the cells lining the stomach and intestines. Disabling transport of some nutrients into the blood. Preventing those nutrients that are absorbed from being fully utilized by altering their transport, storage and excretion

If the person who is drinking to excess is also not eating well, their nutritional deficiencies alone can impair absorption of nutrients by altering the cells lining the small intestine.

Overeating and Alcohol:

Eating a balanced diet provides the body with the necessary calories to be used for energy. Alcohol does provide calories, but the body processes and uses the energy from alcohol differently than it does the calories from food

A study has proven that people tend to overeat when drinking, therefor increasing their overall calorie intake by up to 60% over their daily allowance according to research results from two studies published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

"The energy content of alcohol represents extra calories," said Dr. Angelo Tremblay, Ph.D., Professor of Nutrition and Physiology, Laval University, Quebec, Canada, "thus increasing total daily intake. This effect seems to add to the overfeeding associated with a high-fat diet, increasing the chances of weight gain."

Drinking in moderation:

Red wine has long been considered the elixir of heart health. But good news for non red wine lovers, there has been a study undertaken from the Harvard School of Public Health that states; Moderate intake of any boozy beverages can cut your risk of heart disease by up to 40 percent

HOW IT WORKS: Much of alcohol’s benefit to heart health has to do with its ability to raise good (HDL) cholesterol, lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, and reduce blood problems that can lead to clogged arteries (and the heart attacks they cause)

DRINK THIS: Pinot Noir/White Wine. It contains more disease-fighting antioxidants than any other alcoholic beverage. Just be sure to put a cork in it after one glass if you’re a woman, two if you’re a man

Summary:

So, alcohol does interfere with our digestion which explains why we may end up with a little or large hangover after drinking. But not all alcohol is bad for you and in moderation can actually help your heart health. Just be careful on those calories when eating and drinking and be aware of the calories you are drinking