Anyway, October has once again been heralded the month to Go Sober, be a soberhero… there are loads where these come from. Nonetheless, for those doing it in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, here’s a little health inspiration to go sober throughout October from Stephanie Moore, Clinical Nutritionist at Grayshott Health Spa…
Ethanol (commonly called alcohol) is so very toxic and therefore the liver has to prioritise detoxing above anything else when you drink, and all other liver processes become compromised. So by going sober your lymphatic system (waste disposal system) will get a break and improve its function for all round better health.
People perceive alcohol to be a relaxant, but is actually a stimulant. It might put you to sleep, however, all that liver activity will cause you to wake early and not be able to get back to sleep, leaving you feeling groggy with low energy the next day
Alcohol is very dehydrating, so abstaining from it will improve the quality and texture of your skin.
Alcohol compromises neurological function as it can cross the blood brain barrier. That means alcohol is getting into your brain, causing fogginess/forgetfulness and anxiety.
It’s not just about the calories and sugar in alcohol. Alcohol inhibits your ability to burn body fat at night. Therefore you wake up hungry, wanting a big carb rich breakfast, which only adds to weight gain. Also your ability to make good and healthy decisions is impaired when you’re hungover.
Alcohol is one of the main factors contributing towards “leaky gut syndrome”. This is where the lining of the gut becomes compromised, allowing particles of protein and bacteria to get into your bloodstream. This causes the immune system to go into overdrive, potentially triggering allergies, food intolerances and worse still autoimmune diseases.
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