Do you know how alcohol affects your skin? 10 Q&A’s

1. Why does your skin appear dull after drinking?

Alcohol dehydrates your skin and depletes it of vital skin nutrients

2. If you overindulge in alcohol, what long-term effect on facial blood vessels occur?

Drinking alcohol causes facial blood vessels to dilate. Excessive alcohol can cause the vessels to dilate permanently. This causes red spiky veins.

3. Does alcohol consumption affect other skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis?

Alcohol may aggravate these skin conditions and cause additional flare ups

4. Which foods should you avoid when suffering a hangover?

Anything fried. Choose nutrient rich foods to reverse some of the negative effects of the drinking from the night before, whole grain toast for example

5. Alcohol depletes which beneficial vitamin?

Vitamin A, an important anti-oxidant

6. Why is vitamin A beneficial to the skin?

Vitamin A is an anti-oxidant that boosts collagen production and skin cell turnover

7. What is the primary physical trait of heavy drinkers?

Heavy drinkers usually have rosy cheeks, a red nose or a flushed face

8. What should you drink along with alcohol to avoid dehydration?

Drinking water along with alcohol will counteract the effects of the alcohol and will decrease dehydration

9. The toxins in alcohol can contribute to what unattractive skin flaw?

Alcohol can cause the build up of cellulite

10. After several drinks, the body will divert oxygen and blood away from where?

The skin. Skin loses important blood circulation because oxygen and blood is diverted to the liver and other organs

Source: Howstuffworks.com

 

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10 simple ways to lose weight

1.Eat a healthy breakfast! It kicks start your metabolism and you are less likely to snack mid morning and less likely to eat past the point of fullness at lunch. Eating porridge every morning has other health benefits. It boosts energy, helps to lower cholesterol( as part of a low-fat diet), and may help prevent heart disease and other cancers, helps control blood sugars and aids digestion.

2.Eat cereal for breakfast (hot or cold). Breakfast cereals such as whole grain cereals (oat or wheat based cereals) are lower in calories and higher in vitamins and minerals than other breakfast foods. A typical breakfast demi- baguette contains 1,335 calories and 66g of fat – EIGHT times the calories and 33 times the fat value of a breakfast of porridge oats and a serving of orange juice.

3. Choose porridge and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice Instead of a latte and a croissant and save 140 kcal and 14g fat. Or if you insist on having morning coffee, swap your cappuccino or latte for an Americano and save 100 kcal. As porridge is 100% whole grain, one bowl provides two of the three servings of whole grains recommended for health. Diets rich in whole grain can help prevent heart disease.

4. Drink plenty of water; people often mistake thirst for hunger. The recommended daily amount is two litres and more when exercising.

5. Choose an apple instead of a muffin and save 265 kcal and 14g fat. Or go for a pear instead of a ring doughnut and be 200 kcal better off.

6. Eat more low energy dense foods like fruit and vegetables – leave the fruit bowl on the kitchen table and finish every meal with a piece of fruit.

7. Half fill your plate with steamed or salad vegetables at your main meal. These foods are filling but have very few calories.

8. Avoid distractions at mealtimes. Eating while reading the newspaper or watching the television can blunt satiety cues and results in higher calorie intakes.

9. Don’t snack while watching the television (or at the cinema) as this leads to passive over consumption of calories. Look but don’t eat.

10. Watch the size of your portions! Food portion sizes grow year by year, even though people actually need less energy due to a shift towards sedentary lifestyles. The Americans have dubbed it ” portion distortion”

Source; Nuala Collins, Leading independent nutritionist, www. flahavans.ie/health-and-nutrition

Missing Link Between Breast Cancer and Alcohol Discovered

A protein has been identified that plays a key role in the link between drinking alcohol and breast cancer.

Women with higher levels of the molecule in their breasts are more likely to develop cancer if they drink too much, research suggests.

Scientists in Mexico say their discovery could lead to a test showing which individuals are most at risk. Preventative measures could them be taken, such as helping vulnerable people cut down on alcohol.

The protein, an enzyme called CYP2E1, is believed to be involved in breaking down ethanol, otherwise known as alcohol , in the body.

In the process, unstable destructive oxygen molecules called free radicals are generated, which attack cell membranes and DNA.

Free radical damage, or oxidative stress, is known to be linked to cancer as well as other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

Alcohol consumption is a long-established risk factor for breast cancer but until now the reason for the link has not been clear.

In this situation why aren’t women being warned of the dangers? How are drinks companies allowed advertise alcohol without any warning? Why is there no breakdown of the composition of alcohol drinks on the bottles or cans?

 

Does alcohol affect our skin?

“Yes” according to Dr. David Colbert, founder of New York Dermatology Group. “Alcohol is a hepatoxin, meaning it specifically damages the liver. It’s a toxin to the cells that detoxify your body” “Alcohol also contains congeners, chemical substances produced during fermentation process that contribute to liquors’ unique tastes and smell. Congeners are the main cause of hangovers, so the more congeners in your liquor, the worse your hangover…and the worse you look in the morning”

“On top of that, all alcohol dehydrates the skin. This means your skin will appear less plump and fresh the next morning”

– Dr. Debra Jaliman, author of “Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist”

Source; The Huffington Post

Alcohol and calories (in women); does drinking cause weight gain?

“When you drink alcohol, its broken down into acetaldehyde (basically vinegar) , which the body will burn before any other calorie you’ve consumed or stored including fat or even sugar. So if you drink and consume more calories than you need , you’re more likely to store the fat from the Cheez Whiz you ate and the sugar from the  Coke you drank because your body is getting all its energy from the acetaldehyde in the beer you sucked down.

Further, studies show that alcohol temporarily inhibits “lipid oxidisation” – in other words, when alcohol is in your system, it’s harder for your body to burn fat that’s already there. Since eating fat is the most metabolically efficient way to put fat on your body – you actually use a small amount of calories when you turn excess carbs and protein into body fat, but excess fat slips right into your saddlebags, no costume change necessary – hypothetically speaking, following a high fat – high alcohol diet would be the easiest way to put on weight”

Rachael Coombe, Elle.com

Drink alcohol sensibly? Ridiculous

The “Drink xxxxxx sensibly” tag line appears in most advertising and marketing promotional material

It’s there so that the drinks companies don’t have to mention alcohol in the advertising

Or display any information about alcohol in publicity or on pack

Clearly no drinker pays any attention to it;

  • “According to the WHO, alcohol is the 3rd leading risk factor contributing to the global burden of disease
  • Ireland has one of the highest levels of alcohol consumption per capita. In 2010, 11.9 litres of pure alcohol was consumed for every adult aged 15 and over according to the Revenue Commissioners/CSO
  • Alcohol is associated with a range of chronic and acute medical conditions, liver cirrhosis, various cancers, road traffic collisions and suicide
  • Problem alcohol use is pervasive in Irish society,with men and women, old and young, experiencing its negative effects”

Source; HRB.ie, Treated problem alcohol use in Ireland

Time then for the  drinks companies to show the consumer some respect and stop asking them to drink alcohol sensibly?

Alcohol is a toxic, psychoactive, addictive drug. To ask anyone to drink it sensibly is absurd

The responsible thing to do is be honest and upfront.

Give the consumer all the information about alcohol and let them make up their own mind

 

Alcohol and drug addiction – Deficiency in the brain

Research has found that there are electro-physiological deficits in the brains of alcoholics

Not just in alcoholics but in their progeny, suggesting that electro-physiological deficits exist even before alcohol consumption in the children of people who drink alcohol

Drug taking changes the brains magnetic and electrical systems impacting on the body’s nervous system to produce a high

With long-term use they act to devitalise the body, having a seriously damaging effect on the vital life force, further reinforcing the need to take the drug

Low magnetic levels in the brain and body are caused by deficiencies of folic acid, zinc, thiamine and other nutrients

The western based meat diet is largely responsible. It is nutritionally inadequate in terms of antidioxant vitamins and minerals, and deficient in negative magnetism

Over time, the animal product diet can create abnormal cravings for drugs which will differ in strength depending on nutrient availability and level of magnetic balance

On such a diet the natural opioids no longer function as they should, causing craving and eventually drug use and addiction. Drugs supply exhilaration as they stimulate the reward or pleasure centre of the brain. They act to increase the electrical firing in the reward centre releasing certain neurotransmitters which induce a sense of euphoria, elevation in mood, increased arousal and motivation

Excited by the drug taking behaviour, the brain’s neural circuitry adapts to the chemical state. If the drug is withdrawn, brain function is impaired and pleasure is replaced by pain, inducing depression and a loss of energy and motivation. Continued drug use is reinforced, first by the physical addiction and secondly,  by the strong psychological desire to avoid painful withdrawal

Drug taking behaviour and abuse is a form of appetitive behaviour as drugs stimulate the same area of the brain that rules feeding and drinking i.e., the reward and pleasure centre. A poor nutritional and vital state will create the need to consume or use drugs. The link between nutrition, appetite and drugs is further enforced by the fact that drugs replace the need for food as a person becomes more dependent

Alcohol functions primarily to relax as does opium. Other drugs stimulate (e.g., caffeine),  and can trigger the tension that may lead to drinking

Some drinkers drink to reduce social tensions or feelings of inadequacy. Some may drink to attain a positive pleasure rather than to combat a negative stimulus. But all these mental and emotional triggers have neurophsyiological and nutritional abnormality as their precursors

The similarity between behaviours of those people who are addicted to food( anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa) and those who are addicted to drugs  indicates a disorder of the self-regulatory control of the appetite. The drug takers habit may be triggered by emotional factors as in the obese, bulimic or anorexic persons’ eating patterns, but these are secondary stimuli.

The primary cause is poor diet and the brain’s consequent magnetic and chemical imbalance

Source; Awaremed.com

 

Why are lower levels of drinking recommended for women?

Because women are at greater risk than men for developing alcohol related problems. Alcohol passes through the digestive tract and is dispersed in the water in the body. The more water available, the more diluted the alcohol. As a rule men weigh more than women, and pound for pound women have less water in their bodies than men. Therefore a woman’s brain and other organs are exposed to more alcohol and to more of the toxic byproducts that result when the body breaks down and eliminates alcohol.

Source; NIAAA

Alcohol and your liver

Alcohol is toxic to your liver, and if you drink heavily over a long period of time you can experience cirrhosis of the liver and death. Heavy drinkers over the long-term can also impair their liver’s ability to actuate vitamins, which contributes to the malnutrition often suffered by long-term alcoholics

Source; Fitday.com

Alcohol and blood sugar

Maintaining adequate blood sugar levels is one of the key functions of your metabolism, but when you drink alcohol, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is one of the first elements of metabolism to be shoved aside in your body’s rush to excrete the toxins as efficiently as possible. Alcohol inhibits your body’s ability to make glucose and to maintain healthy levels of glucose ( or blood sugar ) in the blood.

Over time,  heavy drinkers develop glucose intolerance and can even become diabetic. Even occasional alcohol can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar levels, especially when consumed on an empty stomach. That’s why drinking alcohol can be very dangerous for diabetics and hypoglycemics.

Source; Fitday.com