Welcome Back and Happy Holidays …
This time, our focus is a “Drinker’s” Detox, ie. how to protect your body from cellular damage caused by alcohol.
So, to answer the obvious question … “YES!” … alcohol can be biohacked.
Now, even when it’s not the “Season to Be Merry,” alcohol is everywhere, and sometimes it’s just nice to be able to have a social drink with friends on occasion. After all …
Humans have been consuming alcohol for thousands of years, and in small amounts, it works with your brain to release GABA, a neurotransmitter for rest and relaxation.
In moderation, it’s a great way to passively reduce stress.
In our world of constant stress and information overload, this is a great thing.
However, our bodies are already under constant assault from free radicals in our diets - the last thing we need is to knowingly consume additional toxins and risk further health issues.
That said, it’s the Holidays. The last thing I’m going to recommend is not celebrating with family and friends over a few cocktails, if that’s your thing.
Still, you need to choose what forms of alcohol you drink wisely and to “pre-detox” if possible.
Taking a few simple steps before you enjoy a drink or two can go a long way, and it’s much more effective - and pleasant - than trying to do so the next day.
The ultimate Holiday gift would be enjoying the sensations of alcohol, but not paying the price the next morning, right?
To that end, we’re going to go over what types of alcohol to avoid, as some are just dirtier than others, starting with the “dirtiest.”
We’ll discuss what types of alcohol you can enjoy socially without worrying about real damage.
Lastly, we’ll cover a few simple detox strategies to employ before and after you drink that will make you feel a LOT better.
So, let’s dive right in, shall we?
First, let me say I cut out alcohol entirely for a while, and this is a valid strategy if you want to feel your best day in and day out …
Especially if you're dealing with problems caused by excess estrogen.
We live in a world already soaked in xeno and phyto estrogens, so you must be vigilant about excess estrogen at all times, including when you drink.
You see, alcohol itself - regardless of the form it’s in - is estrogenic on its own.
Therefore, even as little as one drink every couple of days can increase estrogen levels in women and men.
For men, excess estrogen can manifest as difficulty gaining muscle, difficulty losing stubborn belly fat, and a lack of drive and motivation. It’s also the hidden cause of “Beer Gut.”
Guys who drink a lot of beer over a long period of time often have large guts or even man boobs, aka. “moobs.”
Most people think this is from the excess empty calories consumed while drinking beer over a long period of time, and while that is a factor, it’s not the true underlying cause.
Beer guts and “moobs” are estrogenic fat deposit sites; excess estrogen is why the fat is deposited on those areas.
The real reason why is because beer contains hops, one of the most potent phytoestrogens on earth. Consider this …
Before the industrialization of farming, changes in menstrual cyclicity were common in female hops pickers.
Think about that for a second; just by working in hops fields these women’s cycles would quickly change.
Soooo .... what happens when you drink the stuff?
Beer is “double trouble” for modern humans like us who are already soaked in too much estrogen from daily life.
Besides plant-based phytoestrogens, we are constantly running into xenoestrogens from plastics, pollution, mandated fire-retardant chemicals on furniture, processed food, you name it.
It’s an uphill battle to detox from excess estrogen these days, which is why beer is so problematic. Not only is the alcohol itself estrogenic, but the hops used to make it is, too.
Thus, drinking beer is a double assault on your hormones. It’s the one wildly-popular yet horrifically estrogenic form of alcohol that I always avoid, no matter what ...
BUT … estrogen is not the only reason why ...
Beer is also loaded with toxins.
Look, if you’re going to have a little bit of alcohol now and then, that’s okay, but you don’t want your body to have to deal with the alcohol AND a slew of other toxins at the same time.
Beer almost universally contains ochratoxin A, a mold toxin.
In fact,the grains used to make beer usually arrive at the brewery already mold-contaminated.
If that’s not enough, most beers contain gluten and yeast, both of which can be major causes of gut inflammation for many folks.
For these reasons, I don’t touch beer, ever.
It's just not worth the hormonal damage AND toxic burden.
And for what it’s worth, I’m really sorry if you like beer and are just hearing this for the first time!
I just couldn’t leave this information out of my “Drinker’s Detox” - sorry to be a Grinch ....
Tune in next time to learn what other popular types of alcohol are on my “Naughty” list and which ones are “Nicer” on your system …
I call it the “Meanest to Cleanest” Drinks of the Season - in that order …
‘Til then … Have a Happy AND Healthy Holiday!