Alcohol

 Hey lovely!

Today I want to talk about alcohol;margaritas are my favorite type of mixed drink by the way! 😉

When I started eating clean the excess weight that I carried didn’t just melt away, even though I incorporated some intense workouts as well.

Soooo I dug deeper and started evaluating what I was drinking. I drank a good amount of water but I noticed I was having a few drinks about 5 days out of the week. When I cut down to a few drinks every other week, mannnnnn the weight really did just disappear, especially in my stomach, and here is why:

  • Alcohol effects your metabolism
  • Your body makes metabolizing a priority when alcohol is in your system; which actually means that it will stop metabolizing anything else just to deal with the alcohol!
  • Metabolizing alcohol is the priority because unlike protein, carbohydrates, and fat, there is nowhere for alcohol to be stored in our body

Now, let’s get into a few other ways alcohol can affect the body.

According to the National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism these are the different ways our bodies are effected by alcohol:

Brain:
Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.

Heart:
Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:

  • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Research also shows that drinking moderate amounts( 1 drink a day for women, 2 drinks a day for men) of alcohol may protect healthy adults from developing coronary heart disease.

Liver:
Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:

  • Steatosis, or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis

Pancreas:
Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.

Cancer:
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Immune System:
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease.  Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much.  Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.

It’s crazy to me that this is more proof, “everything in moderation”. Listen to your body and pay attention to it. No one feels good when they get to the point that they cannot control their mental or physical functions, just like no one appreciates back fat. lol

So do your thang and don’t restrict yourself, go have a drink maybe 2 but practice self control. Now this does not go for everyone, if you are unable to just have a drink or 2 then maybe drinking is not for you and you can dig deeper into why, and that is ok! Nothing is wrong with you, we all are just different and we all have our own struggle.  Just find what works best for you by paying attention to yourself and loving yourself… Telling yourself the truth. “You Can Do It!!!!” haahahaha

but for real you can, we all can…So lets do it!

 

R U Veracious?

 

 

http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body

http://www.medicinenet.com/alcohol_and_nutrition/page3.htm

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