Alcohol is one of those substances that are socially acceptable, legal, and utilized by most cultures as an acceptable form of celebration and stress relief tool. Because of its ability to cause addictions, it has also become a hot topic of how to quit drinking easily. Have you ever wondered what alcohol really does to your body?
Alcohol is a poison. Period.
The human body sees alcohol as a poison and it does damage to cells, tissues, and organs. Alcohol causes substantial damage and stress to the cells and is indiscriminate to which cells it targets.
How Alcohol is Affecting Your Body
The following are just some of the many ways alcohol is affecting your body, and your health, negatively.
Alcohol Increases Stress
Most people utilize alcohol to relieve stress. However, drinking just 2-3 drinks once a week will lead to an increase in cortisol release from the adrenal glands when someone is NOT drinking; as a consequence, they experience more stress and anxiety when they are not drinking. This will increase the level of cortisol released which is a fat-storing hormone. As a result, perceived stress is higher and weight gain is increased.
Alcohol has Empty Calories
It may make you feel full, especially after drinking beer or heavy, calorie-laden beverages, however, there is absolutely no nutritional value to calories in alcohol.
Alcohol Shuts off Fat Burning
Because alcohol is a poison and the body has no storage mechanism for it, alcohol will halt all fat burning in order to burn the alcohol first. As a result, all fat, carb, and protein calories will mostly be stored as fat. Furthermore, the liver damage caused by alcohol will inhibit fat burning when not drinking alcohol.
Alcohol Increases Estrogen Dominance
Alcohol increases estrogen in three ways:
- Alcohol increases Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth which will increase the recycling of estrogen, leading to estrogen dominance.
- Alcohol increases estrogen on its own.
- Alcohol will increase aromatase conversion of testosterone into estrogen in men and women.
Alcohol Causes Liver Damage
The liver is where the processing of the alcohol takes place and over time, the damage to the liver is substantial, leading to fatty liver. As the liver is compromised, its ability to convert the thyroid hormone T4 into the active hormone T3 is lessened, to burn fat is decreased, to utilize protein is decreased, to filter toxins is decreased.
Metabolism slows down, weight gain increases, inflammation increases, and chronic disease results.
Alcohol Enters All Cells
Because alcohol is both fat and water-soluble, it can pass through every cell and tissue in the body. Alcohol is indiscriminate with your cells. It destroys any cell and can do damage everywhere in the body.
Alcohol Crosses the Blood-Brain Barrier
Most things can’t get to the brain because of the blood-brain barrier, but alcohol is water and fat-soluble, so it can cross the barrier into the brain.
Alcohol has a propensity to go into the prefrontal cortex of the brain which controls thinking, planning, and impulsive behavior. As a result, impulsive behavior is increased and both short-term and long-term memory is worsened.
Alcohol Destroys the Microbiome
Just with one drink, there is a disruption in the gut microbiome. The microbiome is responsible for signaling to the brain to increase the release of serotonin and dopamine. As a result, after drinking, mood disorders arise when not drinking.
Alcohol Causes Leaky Gut
In addition to alcohol increasing the bad bacteria in the gut, the bad bacteria is now able to pass through the intestinal barrier into the bloodstream as the tight junctions are broken down. This is called Leaky Gut.
A Leaky Gut and a compromised microbiome will lead to autoimmune disease, weight gain, nutrient malabsorption, mood disorders, inflammation, and most chronic disease.
Alcohol Increases Inflammation
In addition to the inflammation caused by a Leaky Gut, alcohol releases proinflammatory cytokines from the liver as it is trying to break down the alcohol. Proinflammatory cytokines are allowed to pass into the brain. Inflammation in the brain leads to mood disorders, headaches, and brain fog. These symptoms are not just short-term but can create long-term damage.
Alcohol Tricks the Brain into Wanting More Alcohol
Alcohol disrupts the signaling to the brain to moderate alcohol consumption which leads to increased alcohol consumption. The increased propensity to drink will continually cause inflammation in the brain, disruption in the microbiome, allow bad bacteria to escape into the blood through the “leaky gut” intestinal walls, and lead to more inflammation, autoimmune issues, and chronic disease. It is a vicious cycle.
Alcohol Increases Impulsive Behavior
Just by drinking one night a week, there are changes in the neural circuits of the brain that control habitual behavior and impulsive behavior when not drinking.
How To Quit Drinking Alcohol and Reverse Liver Damage
The supplements in the Ascent Diet Cleanse work synergistically to minimize withdrawal symptoms from abstaining from alcohol. This includes increasing dopamine, Gaba, and serotonin, providing increased physical and mental energy, detoxing the liver and all cells in the body, resetting alcohol dependence, and eliminating alcohol cravings.
The following supplements are included in the Ascent Diet Cleanse:
Accelerated Keto™ turns your body into fat-burning mode within 30 minutes and it taps into its own fat stores for energy right away. As a result, you can do intermittent fasting which helps detox the body, reduce inflammation in the brain and body, heal Leaky Gut, and reset the neurotransmitters. Furthermore, taking Accelerated Keto™ is the quickest way to start burning excess calories and suppressing the appetite while maintaining high levels of stable energy.
When the body is running on ketones produced by the Accelerated Keto™ combined with intermittent fasting and a low-carb diet, ATP production increases significantly, leading to enhanced physical and mental energy to keep you motivated to abstain from alcohol.
Furthermore, the additional ingredients in the Accelerated Keto™ break down saturated fats into unsaturated fats; this will help burn the dangerous visceral fat around the belly and the liver fat that is prone to accumulate with moderate alcohol consumption.
The more a person’s liver is defatted and unclogged, the easier it is for the liver to function in all areas including detoxing from excess toxins that have built up with alcohol consumption and breaking down fat molecules into usable energy, and burning the belly fat.
The liver is also where the thyroid hormone converts from T4 to T3, and as the liver function becomes better, the thyroid works better as well, increasing metabolism, mitochondrial function, and energy further. And, it is known when the thyroid isn’t functioning, digestion suffers and unexplained weight gain occurs on top of the added digestive and weight gain issues associated with alcohol consumption.
Accelerated Keto™ also includes a compound known as HMB which prevents muscle wasting. With more healthy muscle tissue, more mitochondria with increased ATP are sustained and more weight loss is achieved.
Additionally, the Organic Mukul in the Accelerated Keto™ is known to detoxify the body and liver. It also breaks down fats in the body and provides an energy spark to burn those fats that it breaks down. It supports joint and muscle health. In Ayurvedic Medicine, it is known to have a “Hot” or “Fire” element potency, and in this formula, it is the “match” that lights the Keto process.
The Organic Trikatu heats up the digestive “fire”, thus allowing for extremely high absorption of Ketones and other cofactors, as well as increasing the metabolic rate.
Acceleradine® increases ATP (cellular energy) by 18 TIMES, which increases detoxification, metabolism, caloric burn, brain function, physical performance, wound healing, fat burning, healthy apoptosis (destruction of diseased cells), and more. ATP is true cellular energy; when ATP increases, energy and fat oxidation increase.
Acceleradine® also helps improve metabolism, thyroid health, and physical energy by supplying the necessary iodine for thyroid hormones. As the thyroid is functioning optimally and the ATP is maximized, detox and weight loss goals will be achieved much faster.
This organic formula soaks up the toxins from alcohol, in addition to coating the stomach and intestinal lining, reducing inflammation, helping with bloat and regularity, and alleviating issues like Crohn’s disease and Colitis.
It also soaks up all of the toxins throughout the day that can cause Leaky Gut. As inflammation is decreased, absorption of nutrients is improved, and the gut issues are minimized.
Accelerated Scalar Silver® is enhancing your immune system’s ability to devitalize foreign pathogens including those that contribute to Leaky Gut and those that become imbalanced with alcohol consumption. By keeping the immune system strong, the body engages in anti-inflammatory processes, leading to optimal health, which encourages better gut health, detoxification, and weight loss mechanisms.
It supports homeostasis, rehydration, and normal digestion while eliminating excess water retention. All of these factors lead to a quicker recovery from alcohol, as alcohol is a diuretic and dehydrates the cells. Furthermore, it will lead to a healthier gut and improved metabolic health.
Quintessential 0.9 achieves the same consistency as your blood plasma and consists of all the needed electrolytes and minerals. This 0.9 concentration can help replenish mineral and trace element levels, gently detoxify, and support sleep, relaxation, and digestion.
🍃 Liver Flush Kit
The supplements in our Liver Flush Kit soften liver stones caused by alcohol and other toxins, and prep the liver to release those stones into the toilet!
As a result, detoxification improves fat burning increases and metabolic rate increases. A liver flush 3-4 times a year is needed for optimal liver function, thyroid function, metabolism, and fat burning. With hundreds of stones sitting in your liver, it isn’t able to break down fats for usable energy, to detox the body of toxins that cause bloat and weight gain.
🍃 Laxa Comfort
Laxa Comfort gently and naturally stimulates bowel movements. Regardless of how constipated you are, this will make having 2-3 movements a day occur consistently. Constipation can inhibit detoxification from substances including alcohol, weight loss and fat burning.
The Leaky Gut Bundle quickly heals the gut from the damage alcohol has caused, replenishes the good bacteria, repairs the tight junctions and gut lining, and improves nutrient absorption.
This unique probiotic blend aims to recondition the gut instead of reseeding with probiotic strains that cannot survive digestion or colonize the gut.
MegaSporeBiotic helps control the “bad” bacteria that lead to bloat and dysbiosis, and grow the “good” bacteria. It has been shown to help with E. Coli, Salmonella, H. Pylori and more.
This reinforces the beneficial microbial changes created by MegaSporeBiotic™ to promote a strong and diverse microbiome.
The mucosal system in the intestines contains 150 times more surface area than the skin, which makes it an essential element of the immune system that supports healthy immune function. MegaMucosa™ is the first complete mucosal support supplement of its kind, formulated to support a healthy mucosal barrier.
Health Patches for Additional Support
These patches increase your own stem cell production and reset over 4,000 genes to a younger state, including the genes responsible for detoxification, fat burning, and healing of the gut.
As a result, it helps improve the efficacy of detoxing from substances including alcohol, repairs the damaged cells from alcohol, repair collagen in all tissues, heals Leaky Gut, activates stem cell production, encourages apoptosis of cancer and diseased cells, and discourages metastatic cancer cells. It improves the overall energy of the body, organ balance, and symmetry distribution of energy. While using X39, detox, weight loss, and gut health results from the Ascent Diet Cleanse will be enhanced.
This is the “bliss/mood” patch that helps attain a state of happiness, joy, and euphoria. It lifts depression and elevates dopamine, which tends to lower when coming off of habitual alcohol consumption.
Without supporting dopamine, withdrawal from any substance including alcohol will leave you in a “dopamine deficit” which is why most people relapse. Nirvana sustains the production of beta-endorphins (the happy/feel-good hormone). It also stimulates the production of collagen to help reduce lines and wrinkles and it is a powerful anti-aging nutrient. Wear it during the day two inches below the belly button, behind the right ear, or at the base of the neck.
Aeon is an anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, happy patch. It raises Antineoplastons. It is brain balancing and calming; as it lowers stress and cortisol, the inclination to drink alcohol as a stress relief tool diminishes. It also reduces c reactive proteins and elevates Dhea. It balances our autonomic nervous system: heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and respiration.
The Aeon patch signals the body to make more of a substance in the liver called phenyl acetyl glutamine that activates many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory pathways. Wear 7 days per week, day or night 2 inches below the belly button or at the base of the neck.
Glutathione may help detox the liver of alcohol, and the excess estrogen alcohol creates, in addition to being a powerful antioxidant, immune booster and neuro protector. This will increase the speed and effectiveness of the body’s recovery from alcohol detox. The Glutathione Stem Cell patch triggers your OWN production of glutathione to increase Glutathione by 300% in 24 hours.
Sara Banta is a Stanford University Graduate with a Degree in Economics and Psychology, and a certified Natural Supplement Expert & Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Sara is the Founder of Accelerated Health Products and host of the health & wellness podcast, Accelerated Health Radio.