Nutritious Life

Brining Nutrition to Daily Life

How Alcohol is Absorbed and Metabolized February 25, 2009

 

 

A few facts about how the body absorbs and metabolizes alcohol:

 

          Alcohol does not require any digestion and is absorbed directly from the stomach and the small intestine

          Alcohol is broken down in the liver

          A small amount of alcohol is metabolized in the stomach before it has been absorbed

          Once absorbed, alcohol moves through the blood stream to the liver (where is it broken down)alcohol-picture

          An average, healthy adult metabolizes the equivalent of one drink per hour

          Drinking more than one drink per hour you expose every tissue in your body to the toxic    effects of alcohol

          Consuming foods with some fat, protein and fiber helps to slow the absorption of alcohol and can reduce blood alcohol concentration (BAC) by as much as 50% as opposed to drinking on an empty stomach

          Carbonated alcohol beverages are known for being absorbed very rapidly

          Women usually absorb 30-35% more of a given alcohol intake compared to men of the same size, which may explain why females often show a greater response to alcohol than males

          Very little alcohol is lost in sweat

          Alcohol can cause dehydration (so it is best to drink lots of water before, during and after drinking)

          Alcohol fails to trigger the satiety (fullness) response in the body, leading  some to overeating

          Alcohol has a high calorie content and doesn’t provide any nutritional value

 

Fiber January 8, 2009

Do you know how much fiber you consume a day? Did you know that your daily fiber intake should be between 20-30g a day? Most Americans today don’t even consume half of that.

 

If your fiber intake is low I urge you to add more fiber to your diet. Fiber does a body good for many reasons. Fiber is known to fight diseases and help prevent many others such as heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, hemorrhoids, constipation and other intestinal problems.  Fiber also helps control diabetes and reduces risk of diverticulosis. Fiber also prevents us from over eating because it adds bulk to our diet, therefore, it helps us feel full longer.

 

So what foods have fiber in them? Here are just a few below.

          beans

          peas

          apples

          blackberries

          avocados

          oat bran

          oatmeal

          corn

          broccoli (cooked)

          lentils

          pears

          lima beans

 

One thing to think about is that when we had fiber to our diets we also need to make sure we drink more water. Fiber binds with water and causes the body to eliminate more water. If we increase our fiber intake we also need to increase our water intake to prevent dehydration.

 

Lastly, there are supplements out there, but it is way better and to get your fiber from food. Supplements cause us to miss out on important nutrients we get from food.

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