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How Alcohol Elimination Affects Your Gut, Hormones, And Brain

Jul 18, 2022 Health and Fitness

When people drink alcohol, the body produces the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase to break down the acetaldehyde that is produced in metabolism. Acetaldehyde can cause many unpleasant side effects in your body including headaches, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. When you are on your journey of alcohol elimination from your system, you help prevent the below-stated side effects as well as lower your risk of developing pancreatitis and cirrhosis of the liver.

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1. Gut bacteria:

Alcohol can cause gut bacterial overgrowth, which can lead to inflammation and other health problems. When you eliminate alcohol from your diet, your gut bacteria will adjust and function better.

2. Hormones: 

Did you know that alcohol can interfere with your body's hormone production? While it's not a direct cause of hormonal imbalance, chronic alcohol intake can lead to an imbalance in key hormones like testosterone and estrogen.

3. Brain: 

Alcohol consumption has been linked to decreased cognitive function, dementia, and other chronic brain diseases. When you stop drinking, your brain will hopefully start to function better again.

Conclusion

It's no secret that alcohol can have a negative impact on your gut health, hormones, and brain function. In this article, we'll take a closer look at how each of these areas is impacted by alcohol consumption and how you can improve your gut health, reduce hormone imbalances and prevent cognitive decline by cutting back on the booze.