by Alane Archer ,ND, CNC
Picture a busy morning—you know the kind. You overslept, you didn’t make set the coffee maker, and the shirt you wanted wasn’t where you thought it was. In all that rush to get out the door, you left the report on the table and going back for it made you late for the meeting. Sound familiar?
We all know the feeling of shoving aside the important things when something urgent comes up. But did you know your metabolism can do the same thing when it gets similarly distracted—and that one of its biggest distractions is alcohol in your system?
One of the key functions of your metabolism is to maintain adequate blood sugar levels. When you drink alcohol, though, your body gets in a rush to get rid of the toxins as quickly and efficiently as possible. That means it “forgets” its primary job of maintaining blood sugar, and glucose levels can become unhealthy, quick. Alcohol also inhibits your body’s ability to make glucose or keep healthy levels of it in your blood. Even occasional alcohol consumption can cause blood sugar levels to drop dangerously, especially if you drink on an empty stomach. And when drinking becomes regular and heavy, glucose intolerance becomes a risk, as does diabetes. None of it bodes well for your metabolism.
No woman wants to deal with a slow or struggling metabolism, so knowing the different ways it can be affected is essential. That’s why it’s good to understand how a simple drink can do complicated things to your system—and leave your metabolism frazzled!
If you’re curious about your metabolism and blood sugar levels, then our comprehensive blood test can help assess what’s going on in your system. Having that information can help you gain a fuller picture of your health. The test covers leptin, glucose, and insulin, as well as other crucial weight gain markers. Order it here. Additionally, our office staff is here to help with questions.
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