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Monday, June 27th, 2011


Naturopath 200x300 CHEERS...OR NOT!Alcohol is a form of refined sugar and is therefore not recommended

Alcohol and detoxification

Alcohol is an active toxin

The body has a careful orchestrated system to create balance in the body and alcohol (along with other guilty culprits) can disrupt this system causing gut and liver inflammation or dis-repair.  The healthy intestine of humans normally contains large numbers of bacteria and fungi.  Over 100 types of organisms are found in the intestine and many of these are capable of producing a variety of toxic chemicals which can irritate the bowel and adversely affect the function of organs such as the liver, nervous system, and the immune system.  Ideally the activity and growth of these toxigenic organisms are controlled & neutralized by other bacterial organisms.

Alcohol affects intestinal flora any may induce malabsorption of fats, carbohydrates, protein, folate and vitamin b12. Alcohol also can create abnormalities in the small intestine.  In severe cases alcohol can cause a fatty liver with direct damage to endoplasmic reticulum by free radicals produced by ethanol metabolism.  An excessive growth of toxigenic organisms in the intestine occurs when the population of friendly bacteria is decreased.  This condition is called Bowel toxicity or bowel dysbiosis and is commonly a major contributor to the development of chronic ill health.

An individual’s ability to remove toxins from the body may play a role in the aetiology or exacerbation of a range of chronic conditions and diseases such as:

  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fibro myalgia
  • multiple chemical sensitivities
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cancer

If on a detox, avoid for 4-6 weeks.  After 4-6 weeks 12yr old scotch, vodka, red wine may be tolerated by some people.  Beer, white wine, rum and brandy often trigger reactions and are high in sugar.

Alcohol and fat loss

Alcohol has an energy density of 7kcal/g and may cause weight gain by significantly adding to caloric intake.

Red wine can form part of healthy diet but may slow down your fat loss and increase your appetite.  So it is best to wait until you regain a healthy body weight before drinking again.  If you must drink keep it to a bare minimum (2-3 glasses of red wine per week) Choose red wine or white spirits with soda water or sugar free mixers so they are less likely to stop you from burning fat.

When drinking alcohol the body will use it as it’s preferred energy source until it is cleared from the body.  This slows down the breakdown of carbohydrate and protein, and to an even greater degree the breakdown of dietary fats is suppressed and often diverted for storage.

Something to consider…

The WHO definition of alcoholism = consumption exceeding limits accepted by culture or which injures health or social relationships.

By Millie – director of Power Healing

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