Nits Fitness Mantra: ALCOHOL – THE METABOLISM INHIBITOR
Alcohol is absorbed in the stomach and small intestines. Although it is a nutrient that provides 7 calories per gram. It must also be considered an antinutrient because of the way it inhibits the normal metabolism of vitamins, and therefore, the main energy substrates (carbohydrates, protein and fats) if consumed in excess. Most important, alcohol should not be mistaken for an essential nutrient, which it is not. It is a toxic substance that human have a limited capacity to detoxify, and in the process, alcohol leaves other toxic substances in its wake.
A regular high intake of alcohol increases disease risk, including cancers of lives, mouth, throat and esophagus (these latter three cancers are even more likely if combined with smoking) as well as cirrhosis of the liver (a condition where increasing portions of the liver become fibrotic and are no longer able to function). In addition, alcohol can be an irritant to all segments of the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract and, as a…
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