Paleo Guide To SMART Alcohol Consumption – Drink Without Aging

by admin on March 31, 2015

Hopefully you have read my arguments on why alcohol consumption in moderation can be a healthy paleo practice.

Paleo Guide To SMART Alcohol Consumption - Drink Without AgingNow onto a topic that I have more expertise in, choosing the healthiest drinks in our modern environment and 2, the nutritional art of protecting and shielding your body from the specific damages that can occur when we have a few too many drinks.

1 – The Healthiest Common, And Not So Common Drinks

– Wine – Widely accepted as the most Paleo drink, historically, wine is fermented grapes. These days, wine recipes include about as much refined sugar as they do grapes. Conventional wines are very likely to contain GMO sugar sources. Conventionally grown grapes are also heavily sprayed with chemicals. This is why I am a fool for organic wineries. When traveling, I always make sure to scout for organic wineries to visit. These are often the highlights of my travels!

– Hard Cider – One of my favorite “Paleo” drinks, cider is generally made by fermenting the juice of apples. I like cider because, unlike wine, it is easier to find cider that is fermented without extra added sugar. Alcohol content of cider varies from 3.5% to 12%. Look for the lower alcohol volume when drinking cider. This ensures that it is simply fermented apple juice with no extra sugar added to increase the alcohol content. If cider has 10 or 12% alcohol, there is likely added sugar. Check the sugar content, if it is almost as sweet as apple juice, dat too sweet.

Since apples are among the most heavily chemically sprayed crops in conventional agriculture, organic cider is greatly preferred. You also need to check the labels to make sure it is gluten free as many silly cider makers add glutinous ingredients.

Organic cider makers include the companies JK’s Scrumpy, Samuel Smith’s and Sonoma Cider.

While JK Scrumpy is often described as far too “appley”. Samuel Smith’s hard cider is a well balanced favorite.

– Beer? – In most situations and for most paleo practitioners, beer should be avoided. Most beer is made with Frankenstein grains of gluten and GMO corn syrups. Though I admit, since healing and regenerating my digestive system, I will indulge on organic craft microbrews once or twice a year. This is usually while I am traveling and I happen past an organic brewery. I love to support small organic breweries and restaurants.

– Hard Liquor – The most processed, liquor certainly breaks Paleo principles. But I feel the need to make a case for certain liquors, especially if the only other alternatives are GMO beer.

Liquors contain various substances called congeners which are byproducts of fermentation and distillation. Congeners can be natural or not so natural and some of them are certainly toxic. Dark colored liquors contain high amounts of congeners while clear colored liquors contain much less.

This is an argument in favor of clear liquor. This is why, when having a drink, I will often choose a gin and tonic, or vodka and tonic. Though these drinks are pretty clean and free of toxic byproducts, they are also devoid of nutrients and antioxidants. Add a slice of lime and squeeze the juice in to add in some protective citrus antioxidants.

This brings us into the other half of smart drinking…

Supplements That Protect The Body Against The Potential Damages Of Alcohol Metabolism.

The number one heath concern involved with alcohol consumption is the same as Tylenol or Aspirin toxicity. Alcohol, Tylenol and Aspirin are all metabolized in the liver at the expense of our bodies major detoxifier, a tripeptide called glutathione.

If you have high levels of toxins, you will deplete glutathione and succumb to toxic overload. That is unless you can keep your glutathione higher than your toxin load.

As the liver metabolizes alcohol, a toxic by product called acetaldehyde is created. Acetaldehyde is much more toxic than alcohol. This isn’t an issue if your glutathione stores are high enough to neutralize it as it is created. Living a healthy life style will keep your glutathione levels up.

Glutathione is made from three different amino acids in you body, glutamic acid, glycine and cysteine. Though there is more than enough glutamic acid and glycine in your body to create an abundance of glutathione, there is not enough cysteine available in your body.

To ensure that you have peak levels of anti-aging glutathione, you need to consume the amino acid cysteine. In fact, if you go to the hospital dying of Tylenol poisoning, they will likely feed you a supplement called N-Acetyl-Cysteine, or NAC. NAC restores glutathione levels, allowing your body to completely metabolize whatever toxin is overloaded.

Though I occasionally take NAC before and after special drinking occasions, I always take colostrum powder before and after drinking. Colostrum is perhaps the highest natural source of organic cysteine and it comes inside of the most healing food around. I have heard a number of experts agree that colostrum is the best food for increasing glutathione in the body.

Other nutrients that protect you from or are depleted by alcohol consumption: B vitamins (especially B1 and B6), vitamin C and magnesium.

Since alcohol increases urination, always drink 1 cup of water per drink of alcohol. This will dramatically lessen your hang overs and make your liver and kidneys jobs much easier.

Electrolytes are also depleted with this excess urination, drinking coconut water is an ideal way replenish minerals and keep you hydrated.

All herbs are loaded with dozens of unique antioxidants that will protect your from the toxic byproducts of alcohol metabolism. Herbs that act on the liver are going to be the most protective to you when drinking. Herbs specific to the liver include schizandra berry, milk thistle, dandelion, burdock and “self heal”. Though these herbs would be among the best, taking pretty much any herbal extract before and after drinking will provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects to protect your cells from a night of drinking.

Remember that once you have a good buzz going, it is time to slow way down or stop drinking. While getting a buzz on isn’t bad for you, each drink after you are buzzed becomes more and more toxic to your body.

Since Tylenol along with most medications use up your bodies glutathione, avoid taking pain killers while drinking.

Last but not least, remember, you are drinking to enhance your tribal bonding experience! Never drink to dull negative emotions.

Cheers

 

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