Better Body Clinical Nutrition



Wednesday, December 21, 2022 9:47 AM

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There are a number of different forms of alcohol, most of which are considered to be deadly poisons. The one form of alcohol that can be safely ingested by humans is ethanol, and even that's a matter of dispute among experts.

Consuming any alcoholic beverage introduces a certain amount of pure ethanol into your system which is not readily designed to process it in large quantities. The average healthy liver can only process one ounce of ethanol per hour, which is a very low amount for a heavy social drinker to ingest.  

Some amount of ethanol goes straight to the brain. While the brain tries to deal with this new intoxicated sensation, the liver is working overtime to metabolize or convert the ethanol into a harmless form of sugar. More ethanol in the brain means more possible damage to the central nervous system.  

It is possible to consume enough ethanol to cause death, either by compromising the central nervous system beyond repair or by choking on vomit after the natural choking reflex has been suppressed. So, drinking alcohol excessively definitely does not promote health but causes damage to our bodies.

That said, we all enjoy a drink over the holidays so here are recommendation to minimize the effect on the liver.

Here are some foods to consume to help with the effects of consuming alcohol;

• Greens in general
o Brussel Sprouts
o Kale
o Alfalfa,
o All cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli)
OR SP Green Food
• Radishes
• Beet leaves
OR Livaplex - Spanish Black Radish and Antronex.

Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after consuming alcohol and you may need to add some sea salt and/or lemon juice to your water to add electrolytes.

Happy holidays and cheers !

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