Can you do a alcohol sabbatical?


A few words about alcohol here.  I’m not saying don’t drink it but if you have any of the following symptoms you might want to consider cutting down or taking a ‘Booze Sabbatical’.

If you’re suffering from digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, recurring fungal infections, skin problems and mood swings, these can be caused by yeast overgrowth. When they reproduce, feed and excrete (not nice, but that is biology for you), yeast cells pump out a type of alcohol (acetaldehyde) and your body struggles to detox as your liver doesn’t have an enzyme in sufficient quantities to detox that particular compound. That’s why you can feel hungover with a yeast infection – even when you haven’t been drinking. You wake up with a headache, a horrible mouth and feeling groggy. This is often reported not just by those suffering from a yeast infection or yeast overgrowth but also by people with dysbiosis.

There are lots of different types of yeast, including Candida. Alcohol can upset the balance even further. Yeast overgrowth is a common condition especially in those who suffer with autoimmune problems.

If you cannot undertake the Booze Sabbatical, choose instead an organic wine.  Wine is made from crushed grapes, including the skins. Grapes that have been sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals will be an intrinsic part of the juice and the wine. Organic wines would not contain such pesticides and are made using traditional methods which don’t use modern chemical boosts to speed up the whole process. This is probably why a lot of people say that they don’t get such fierce hangovers from organic wines, but it’s not an excuse to overindulge!

Red wine has a better reputation health-wise than white wine because of the resveratrol found in red grapes. Resveratrol is part of a group of compounds called polyphenols and is thought to act like antioxidants.

Try to stay off the hard spirits as they give the liver a lot of work to do to detox high levels of alcohol and usually come with sweet mixers, or aspartame-sweetened mixers. It is best to spritz organic wine 50:50 with soda water to make it last longer, slow down the delivery to the body and make it a kinder, weaker brew.

Beers should be good quality and organic where possible, to improve the nutrient profile—you might as well get some good quality nutrients in your brew and reduce the chemicals you are absorbing if you cannot go without your favourite tipple. Try not to have more than one drink per day, and it is good health-housekeeping to have several alcohol-free days as normal every week. Try to see drinking alcohol as a weekend treat, rather than a daily habit and don’t mistakenly think that you have to have all your alcohol units (UK Department of Health Minister gives each alcoholic drink a units value and limits women to 14 units per week and men to 21 per week), during a weekend binge. This can be quite harsh on your poor liver.

In summary try to have alcohol free days during the week and try where you can to buy organic.

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