Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Alcohol and Nutritional Damage
Regular drinking may lead to blood sugar problems, weight gain and eventually other serious health problems such as diabetes, obesity, liver cancer and alcoholism. Alcohol depletes the body of nutrients in many ways. Firstly, it is a source of great amounts of sugar in an instantaneous hit. Like sugar, alcohol can be rapidly turned to fat by insulin, the hormone responsible for blood sugar control. This is deposited in the body and stored in the liver, which may damage it, adding to a failing ability to balance blood sugar. When blood sugar levels are low, alcohol is often used to raise them, kicking off another vicious cycle. Secondly, the ethanol that causes intoxication is, by its very definition, toxic to the body and causes damage to all the liver’s detoxification pathways. The liver works overtime to eject it, but the alcohol itself actually depletes the very substances needed to speed it out of the body. Thirdly, it directly depletes vitamins and minerals, especially those needed for energy and dealing with stress such as B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, and chromium.
Next Time...... Nutrients which may be depleted include: