Alcohol & your health

Many of the clients I see start their day with caffeine and end it with alcohol on a daily basis. An occasional alcoholic drink is fine, but the question is at what point does it start to negatively affect one's health.
 
Recent dramatic TV advertising has been pushing the negative effects of excessive alcohol consumption. In addition to this we are often reminded to drink responsibly. Having said this, the balance side is that drinking has for thousands of years been a sociable thing to do in many parts of the world, particularly in Europe and the Mediterranean countries, where its not considered such a problem. In general having the occasional drink can be a pleasurable experience, but the key is to keep it in balance.
 
In general I recommend
the following as a guide:

  • Drink lightly when you do have alcohol, such as one or two drinks only in an evening

  • Alternate alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks, particularly water
  • Slow down the speed that alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream by eating with your drink, but having said this avoid salty foods, which may increase your thirst.

  • If you are consuming alcohol regularly, ensure you have several days a week that are alcohol free

  • Wine is a preferred alcoholic drink over spirits with mixers and beer, as a glass of wine can aid digestion somewhat and has more nutritional value than other alcoholic beverages. Wine particularly red wine is high in Resveratrol, which is an antioxidant. Red wine consumption in Mediterranean countries has been linked to their high longevity rates, as well as other things in their diet.

  • I can recommend things to help balance the effect of excess or heavy alcohol consumption, but I'm not of course advocating or supporting this.

  • Children, teenagers under 18 years old, pregnant and breast-feeding women should keep away from alcohol entirely, and those on certain medications or with specific health issues

Calories with minimal nutrients

Not only does alcohol contribute calories without nutrients but it also increases your risk of weight gain, high blood pressure, liver disease, dementia and more.

Alcohol is packed with sugar, which is pro-inflammation in the body, which is a key reason why it is damaging.

If you do enjoy a drink occasionally, consider taking appropriate herbal or nutritional supplements to help minimise long term effects.

Effects of drinking too much alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol is known to damage the liver and pancreas and can also damage the lining of the intestinal tract and negatively affect the absorption and metabolism of nutrients. It can also contribute to problems such as tiredness, anxiety, depression and affect how a person feels mentally and emotionally.

Regular heavy alcoholic consumption increases the body's need for B vitamins, Vitamins A and C as well as the minerals zinc, magnesium and calcium.

You may also have seen the TV ads that are being run presently, which phically show how too much alcohol can contribute to cancer.

Craving alcohol  

This can indicate nutritional deficiencies, such as protein, calcium and potassium, which can be helped by dietary changes and supplements.

There are homeopathic remedies that can assist greatly with cravings and its best to come and see me if this relates to you and I can advise which suit you personally.

When alcohol becomes a problem

If a person finds their consumption of alcohol is affecting such things as sleep, mental alertness, mood and energy levels, or any other areas of one's life negatively, it's time to look at the amount of alcohol being consumed. Drinking too much affects not only the health and life of the person having the alcohol, but also family and productivity at work. In such a case I recommend coming to see me so that remedies to help with cravings and detoxification can be applied.

I'm always interested to hear how you are going with your health - please
contact me if you would like any assistance or have any questions.

Best wishes

Nick Dale
Naturopath
Tel: 9397 9124
Mobile: 0412 596789

I am available at the Galleria from Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am - 5pm and
late night shopping on Thursday's. Come by and see me and give me an update on how you are going when you can.

 


 

 

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Nick Dale, Naturopath Perth and surrounding areas
4 Collier Road, Morley, WA 6062
Tel: (08) 9397 9124, Mobile: 0412 596789, nd@perth-naturopath.com

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