Cheers to Gut Health: Understanding the Impact of Alcohol on Your Digestive System
Raise your glass and toast to good health! We often hear about the effects of alcohol on our liver and overall well-being, but have you ever stopped to consider its impact on your gut? With #DRYJULY in full effect, we figured it was a great time to discuss the effect that alcohol can have on our gut health.
Alcohol vs The Gut
Let's dig deeper into the effects of alcohol on the gut. Excessive alcohol consumption can have a significant impact on gut health, leading to a range of issues. These can include irritation of the stomach lining cells, leading to inflammation, heartburn, and reflux. It also slows stomach emptying, causing discomfort and irregular bowel movements. Moreover, high alcohol concentrations deplete beneficial bacteria in the small intestine, disrupting the microbiome.
Let's delve in and break it down even further.
Alcohol can impair the absorption and utilisation of essential nutrients in your gut, leading to deficiencies.
Alcohol interferes with the absorption of vital nutrients like vitamins (particularly B vitamins), minerals, and antioxidants. These nutrients are essential for overall health, energy production, and maintaining a strong immune system.
Alcohol metabolism generates harmful byproducts called free radicals, which can damage cells and tissues. This oxidative stress depletes antioxidants that protect your body from this damage, leaving you more vulnerable to illness and ageing.
Mental and Physical Well-being
Alcohol's impact on gut health extends beyond digestion. It can affect your mental and physical well-being.
The gut-brain axis, the two-way communication network between your gut and brain, can be disrupted by alcohol-induced gut dysbiosis. This disruption can contribute to mood disorders, anxiety, and depression.
Alcohol is calorie-dense and often consumed alongside high-calorie foods. Excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to weight gain and obesity, increasing the risk of various health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
While it's okay to enjoy an occasional drink, it's important to be aware of how alcohol can disrupt your gut health and overall well-being. By practising moderation, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and supporting your gut with a balanced diet rich in nutrients, prebiotics, and probiotics, you can mitigate the potential negative effects of alcohol. Remember, a mindful approach to alcohol consumption is the key to raising a glass without compromising your gut health and overall vitality.
Perkii Probiotics Sparkling Drinks
If you’re looking for ways to support your gut health during #DRYJULY, we’d recommend trying these Perkii Probiotics Sparkling Drinks.
There’s a lot to love about these tasty sparkling drinks! First and foremost, each bottle contains 1 billion Bifidobacterium target-release probiotics, which are proven to withstand stomach acid and get through your gut.
On top of this, the drinks are unfermented, naturally flavoured, and only contain 45 calories per serving. There are also 3 delicious flavours to choose from - Orange Mango Passionfruit, Watermelon Mint Cucumber, and Ginger Kick.
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*The information in this article should be considered as advice only. Before using probiotics or implementing any of the information above, speak with a healthcare professional.