Alcohol; an unsuspecting culprit


It’s probably no surprise that I think my health is important; no let’s make that extremely important, to me.  The way I continue to look at it is that I am no good to anyone even myself if I am unhealthy. Period.

I grew up in a family that didn’t drink.  But, I saw the damage it can cause as I watched my  mother’s father and my grandfather drink himself to death.

My husband and I also don’t drink.  I find this a little funny considering we are both Egyptian and the Egyptians are the ones credited for first brewing beer.  Who knew right?

Ironic.

I started thinking about this more recently, especially as I watch more and more women struggle with issues of pregnancy and health.  It touched my heart, when watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians…(OMG..I know! it’s my guilty pleasure); but I watched as the pain entered Khloe’s eyes thinking of the possibility that she might not be able to conceive. I can’t imagine and I like Khloe. My prayers go out to her.

I already have an issue with “popping pills” to regulate the human body.  Especially since it’s already designed to regulate itself.

But, I think it’s unfortunate, that Marketing has overpowered the true, long-term, damage that alcohol has on the body; especially for women.

What alcohol really does is displace healthier foods from your diet.  To get a little scientific on you; alcohol itself has a caloric value of 7 calories/gram ( but contains no vitamins, minerals, or protein.) When alcohol is metabolized by the liver it uses up niacin, thiamine (vitamin B1), and other B vitamins, which means that these vitamins are not available for other essential  purposes.

Alcohol also interferes with the absorption and storage of the vitamins B12,
folacin, and vitamin A (aka wrinkles).

Now, if you’re like me, then you follow the philosophy of Orthomolecular medicine.  Orthomolecular is a term that comes from ortho, which is Greek for “correct” or “right,” and “molecule,” which is the simplest structure that displays the characteristics of a compound. So it literally means the “right molecule.”

But to KEEP IT SIMPLE it’s the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body.

Now it’s important to note that people who consume small or moderate amounts of alcohol might theoretically help prevent nutritional complications of alcohol use with dietary supplements including B vitamins. However, proper nutrition cannot protect against the direct toxic effect of alcohol or of its breakdown products.

If you want to keep your body – ditch the alcohol.

Live and Learn. We all Do.

Thanks for reading. Please pass this on to someone who means something to you.

About julia29

Hi. My name is Julia El-Haj. I am a Hall of Fame Athlete, an MBA, Professional Certified Marketer, Certified Youth Fitness Trainer, a Specialist in Sports Nutrition and a licensed Real Estate agent. I gave up my "seat at the table" to be home with my 3 children because that's where I was needed most. I blog about everything with Wellness in mind.
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