Alcohol And Weight Gain

Alcohol is a go-to drink when being used in social situations, to relax, or because it tastes good. Drinking in moderation is very important for your mental and physical health. A lot of people aren’t even aware that drinking in moderation refers to no more than one drink a day if you’re a woman and no more than two a day for men. Consuming more than recommended can lead to impaired coordination and judgment, memory problems, and slow reflexes. The more you drink, the more problematic these symptoms become. When you drink, a significant portion of the alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream, and then it is distributed through basically every tissue of your body.

The brain, stomach, and liver are highly impacted by alcohol. Alcohol affects the brain by altering levels of GABA and dopamine which are neurotransmitters that are part of the brain’s reward system. If you have too much of either of these neurotransmitters, it can lead to everything from increased heart rate, to aggression and depression. When alcohol hits your stomach, it makes an excessive amount of acid, which can contribute to a variety of conditions like irritation and inflammation of the stomach lining. On the other hand,  the liver is where alcohol is processed and metabolized, and when you drink excessively, it causes your liver to accumulate fat, which can lead to a serious condition called fatty liver disease.

Furthermore, alcohol has high amounts of calories that lead to weight gain and difficulty of weight loss  later on. Tasty drinks can also be packed with sugar that can slow down the metabolism and turn into fat that will be stored in the body. These calories consumed from alcohol drinks are “empty” calories which simply means they contain no nutritional value to the body. Alcohol is also an appetite stimulant, so you may be more likely to eat more and also make poorer food choices if you’re drinking. Drinking too much, or binge drinking is an unhealthy option overall.

Are You Dealing With Being Bloated?

Did you know some of the healthiest eaters are still dealing with bloating?  Although it is one of the most common symptoms people complain about there are so many different reasons you may be experiencing bloating.  Every person is different and what we eat can affect us in different ways, but the most common cause is how our bodies interacts to the foods we are eating.  Here are a few reasons you may be experiencing bloating. 

Inflammatory foods may be a huge reason why you are experiencing bloating.  Foods which can cause inflammation include but are not limited to; refined carbs, alcohol, and sugar.  All these foods can cause imbalances in gut bacteria, which can create a lot of gas when they metabolize fibers.  For example if you love to eat kale (a nutritious leafy green) you may be feeing the gut bacteria which cause you to be bloated.   Unknown food allergies or sensitivities may also be a culprit of bloating.  Foods that may trigger these allergies can include but are not limited to; dairy, soy, corn, legumes and wheat/gluten).  If you think you have a food sensitivity or allergy I would recommend getting an allergy test with you local nutritionist or doctor.   You may also be experiencing bloating because of a lack of digestive enzymes which help to stabilize gut bacteria and metabolize our food. 

If you have questions regarding bloating or Weight Loss San Diego contact your local nutritionist or doctor today!  They can help to determine what areas of digestion your body needs and what foods are best for you!