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TWR 096: The Impact of Alcohol on the Body with Dr. Brooke Scheller
Dr. Brooke Scheller is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, Certified Nutrition Specialist, and expert in nutrition for alcohol use by impacting gut and brain health. In this episode, she talks about how alcohol impacts the gut, our nutrition habits, and even the brain.
Alcohol consumption is such an individualized topic and is different for everybody. However, it’s fundamental to be conscious of the impacts alcohol use – for short or long periods – can cause on the body. Every organism is unique but alcohol has the power of influencing all of the other systems in the body.
Sometimes alcohol needs to be eliminated for the good of all the other body functions, but most people don’t know this. Vitamin and nutrient deficiency is also a victim of consuming too much alcohol, which in parallel can cause mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Dr. Brooke also explains the connection between alcohol consumption and gut health.
In your case, what triggers the act of drinking alcohol? It’s important to be aware of all the moments – parties, dinners at the end of the week, moments of stress and anxiety – that might trigger the drinking. In addition, Dr. Brooke explains that nutrition habits can help with decreasing alcohol consumption. Tune in!
- How do we change the relationship with alcohol? It’s important to be aware of all the moments throughout the week that triggers alcohol intake;
- With age, our body responds differently to alcohol. As young adults, we can get away with drinking for long hours on a Saturday night, but as we age this shifts;
- Alcohol is deeply connected with food intake: sometimes bad nutrition can cause an increase in drinking habits;
- Sometimes alcohol needs to be eliminated for the good of all the other body functions. It impacts blood sugar and gut health;
- Brooke explains that gut health plays a role in all systems of the body;
- Drinking can cause vitamins and nutrients deficiencies;
- Brooke shares some good practices when it comes to nutrition, highlighting that intermittent fasting is a tool but listening to the body is crucial.
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