Okay . . . so let's continue our discussion about drinking "ALCOHOL" and what it's doing to our health.
And to do that . . . we need to break it down even more
As we spoke yesterday . . . "alcohol" which is really "ethanol" . . . once in the body . . . breaks down to a chemical called "acetaldehyde".
And "acetaldehyde" , , , is "highly toxic" to the human body and causes damage at the cellular and genomic levels.
Now . . . when "alcohol" is presented to the body and the liver tries to break it down . . . it forms this chemical called "acetaldehyde" and it damages our DNA and prevents the body from repairing that damage.
And when DNA is damaged, a cell can begin to grow out of control and create a cancerous tumor. Therefore . . . a buildup of "acetaldehyde" can increase the risk of all cancers.
Okay . . . so how does this happen you ask???
Well . . . when consuming an "alcoholic" beverage . . . some of this toxic "acetaldehyde" enters the bloodstream, which damages our membranes and causes scar tissue to form.
At that time . . . this process of scarred tissue leads to a hangover, which can also result in a faster heartbeat, headaches, facial flushing, nausea and/or an upset stomach.
But guess what???
The "brain" is the part of the body that's most affected at the beginning of this process by this toxin resulting in a hangover. And "acetaldehyde" becomes a poison to the brain which causes problems with brain activity and impaired memory.
This PEOPLE . . . is called an "acetaldehyde buildup"!!!
So if you experience a hangover, pass out, get flush in the face, feel sick, can't remember things . . .
Then you have a toxic overload going on in your body . . . that's secretively causing havoc to your health and you don't even know it.
I know, I know . . . you're now saying . . . I only have 1 beer or a glass of wine with dinner or before bed to relax me. How can that be bad???
Well . . . I guess that's for you to decide . . .
But . . . "acetaldehyde" directly induces an "inflammatory" response and we all know from previous Health tip what "inflammation" does to the body.
Okay . . . so let's figure out which "alcoholic" beverages are the worst for us.
Clear, non-flavored spirits like gin and vodka . . . tend to have less "acetaldehyde" than dark, fruity drinks such as brandy and sherry.
Regular beer is higher than "clear spirits . . . and "wine" is higher than all of them.
So when you say, "I just had 1 little glass of wine" . . . you may want to rethink your choices.
Tomorrow we'll continue . . . because the devastation to our health is not done yet.
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