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Mother’s ruin - 5 great reasons to bin the booze

Mother’s ruin - 5 great reasons to bin the booze

December 12, 2018 - By Lola Ross

Nutritionist Lola Ross shares her top 5 health benefits of limiting alcohol beyond dry January

Poll after poll show that young people are drinking less than ever before and it looks like some of us mums are following suit. 

My own attempt began on New Year’s Day, along with the rest of the western world’s attempt for dry January. After a particularly boozy December - my body, brain, skin and bank balance were crying out for some respite. 

So far in 2018 I’ve been reaping the rewards of a ‘damp’ Jan (some left over Christmas champagne got the better of me). I’m feeling more alert and looking more alive than I have for a long time. So whereas I’d usually be seeing in February with an entire bottle of wine all to myself, I’m aiming to keep this dampness going. That sounds wrong…

Anyway, enjoy the tips from my fabulous friend, Lola.

Sam - Editor, Mumazine 

1. Clearer skin

If you've been doing Dry Jan you may have noticed that your skin and eyes look just that bit more sparkly since you’ve been alcohol free or alcohol free-ish. Alcohol creates inflammation in the body and this shows up in the skin as blemishes and redness. It is also a diuretic, so you loose a lot of water from the body and this can lead to dehydrated scaly skin. As a general rule, making your weekdays alcohol free might be the best decision for your skin and you will reap the rewards of hydrated, dewy skin for that night out on the weekend.

2. Less PMS and happier hormones

A dry January means a less overworked liver, giving it more energy for detoxification of the used hormones that we no longer need in the body. The liver is responsible for removing excess hormones and keeping our sex hormones in check, which reduces the risk of oestrogen dominant issues and PMS symptoms such as heavy periods, weight gain and hormonal food cravings.

It is easy to forget how much natural energy we have when we don’t drink.

3. Improved moods

As ironic as it sounds - alcohol is in fact a depressant and can contribute to low mood and anxiety in many individuals. Alcohols’ intense effects on the sympathetic nervous system bring initial false feelings of elation but the happy feelings then disappear and can leave you with an imbalanced nervous system, anxiety and depression. Just see how much more clearer-headed, positive and elevated you feel after a break from wine-time.

4. More natural energy

It is easy to forget how much natural energy we have when we don’t drink. Drinking alcohol in the evening is a bad idea as it raises our cortisol levels, which in turn interferes with melatonin – our sleep hormone - causing poorer quality sleep. Alcohol also depletes levels of vital energy producing nutrients like B vitamins and iron, which can mean that you generally feel fatigued. If you don’t want to quit entirely, try to limit yourself to one day a week of drinking moderately i.e. 2/3 units of alcohol.

5. Better digestion

Alcohol is a stressor on our gut microbiome - the super important bacteria that resides in your gut. Drinking regularly can reduce the diversity of these bacteria, which can then weaken your digestion and overall health. Many IBS suffers, or people who feel gassy or bloated a lot of the time, find that eliminating alcohol (often along with removing other food culprits) contributes to better microbiome levels, improved digestion and reduced symptoms.


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