TMHS 657: How Alcohol Influences Metabolism and Longevity
In Western culture, drinking alcohol has become a societal norm. Drinking is often used during times of celebration, for relaxation purposes, and to socialize with others. Not only is alcohol one of the most utilized drugs, it also the most accessible. On today’s show, we’re going to uncover the health risks and benefits of drinking alcohol.
You’re going to hear the peer-reviewed data on exactly how drinking alcohol impacts human metabolic health and longevity. We’ll talk about how the body processes alcohol, and how alcohol consumption can impact biological functions like fat-burning, hormone balance, and the microbiome. You’ll learn about the links between drinking and risks for developing diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
We’ll discuss how drinking can impact sleep quality, cognitive health, and so much more. You’ll also learn some practical tips and tools you can use to mitigate some of alcohol’s harmful effects. I hope this episode arms you with the information to make more empowered decisions about alcohol consumption.
In this episode you’ll discover:
- The history of humans consuming alcohol.
- Why alcohol is a macronutrient.
- What the early uses of alcohol were.
- Why beer and wine have less than 15% alcohol by volume.
- The origin of the word spirits.
- What happens in the body when alcohol is consumed.
- How consuming dietary fat impacts the processing of alcohol.
- The effects of drinking alcohol on the metabolism.
- How drinking alcohol impacts longevity.
- Why alcohol consumption decreases our ability to burn fat.
- How alcohol impacts hunger hormones.
- The metabolic effects of drinking sugary alcoholic beverages.
- How excessive drinking can create hormone imbalances.
- The truth about resveratrol in red wine.
- How drinking alters the microbiome.
- The connection between drinking alcohol and cancer.
- What DNA methylation is.
- Why drinking and leaky gut are linked.
- How alcohol consumption can disturb sleep quality.
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