A HEALTHY DOSE

Style Magazine - - Nutrition - BY EL­SPETH HASWELL-SMITH, HEALTH COACH AND COUN­SEL­LOR

As we head into the rac­ing sea­son and en­joy spring fes­tiv­i­ties, we find that our al­co­hol con­sump­tion in­creases.

It is im­por­tant to un­der­stand the re­la­tion­ship al­co­hol has on our mi­cro­biome.

Our mi­cro­biome plays a large role in our im­mune func­tion and health, there­fore en­sure you are en­joy­ing al­co­holic bev­er­ages that are not com­pro­mis­ing your health.

Al­co­hol im­pacts our gut mi­cro­biome and al­ters the bac­te­ria we har­bour, in ad­di­tion adding to gut per­me­abil­ity is­sues such as Leaky Gut Syn­drome.

Once we have a com­pro­mised gut wall our pro­tec­tion from tox­ins, food pro­teins and un­friendly bac­te­ria can en­ter the blood­stream, caus­ing in­flam­ma­tory health is­sues, and in­crease tox­i­c­ity in the body.

Stud­ies sug­gest that a high con­sump­tion of al­co­hol changes the com­po­si­tion of the gut mi­cro­biome.

An al­tered gut flora can in­flu­ence our men­tal health, re­sult­ing in anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion due to the in­ter­fer­ence with the brain’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion path­way, the va­gus nerve.

How­ever, stud­ies have also sug­gested that a re­duc­tion in al­co­hol con­sump­tion is a pos­i­tive strat­egy to al­ter the en­vi­ron­ment of the gut to en­hance good bac­te­ria to thrive.

The best op­tion for al­co­hol is a good glass of red wine, prefer­ably or­ganic that is preser­va­tive free!

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