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Wendy Taylor

Information about whether or not alcohol consumption is healthy is controversial and can be confusing. We have all read it in the newspaper or heard about it on tv that there is evidence that some alcoholic beverages like wine are rich in antioxidants. This is true, however, the alcohol in wine is a toxin and requires considerable amounts of nutrients to detoxify it from the body, so it is questionable as to whether the benefits of the antioxidants are able to outweigh the harm of the alcohol.

Alcohol, because of its toxic nature, is given the highest priority for detoxification by the liver. When there is alcohol in the system, the liver will process it before anything else, making the liver less available to carry out its other essential functions of metabolizing sugars, fats, and amino acids. This means that fat-soluble toxins such as pesticides or synthetic hormones that contaminate our food and water will circulate through the body for longer periods of time, damaging more cells and DNA than if the liver was available to remove them immediately.

Alcohol also requires significant amounts of vitamins A, D, E, K and the B vitamins for metabolism. If you already have a nutrient-deficient diet, then alcohol consumption leads to extreme nutrient depletion, which can cause many illnesses.

Most alcohol is high in simple sugars, which encourages insulin resistance and weight gain, leading to diabetes and elevated estrogen levels in men and women. Elevated estrogen levels can then lead to infertility in both males and females, stress and anxiety, adrenal fatigue, headaches/migraines, depression, digestive problems, and water retention. Elevated estrogen levels have also been linked to endometriosis, fibroids, impaired cognitive ability, stroke, and uterine cancer.

Alcohol also has depressant properties and should therefore be avoided by those with depression or a family history of alcoholism.

Alcohol consumption before or during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and should be avoided by men and women trying to achieve pregnancy.

If you must consume alcohol, a limit of three to four drinks per month is advised, and only if you are in good health and eat a whole foods diet.

Suggested Readings:

The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

Seven Weeks to Sobriety by Joan Larson.

For decades, Larson has helped thousands of people to reestablish optimal nutritional status following alcohol and drug addiction. Optimal nutritional status is extremely important for continuing to stay drug and alcohol free.

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