The Effects of Alcohol on the Body
Alcohol is considered a depressant. A depressant is “a drug that lowers neurotransmission levels, which is to depress or reduce arousal or stimulation, in various areas of the brain.” It slows down breathing, heart rate and the parts of the brain that affect thinking and behavior. The depressant part of alcohol is usually what causes the negative effects and consequences from drinking.
Too much alcohol consumption can lead to many health issues in the body. Alcohol prevents the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream leading to a deficiency in all nutrients, including magnesium. Alcohol severly affects the digestion system and can cause harm to the stomach and digestive lining causing an array of health problems.
Magnesium and the Body
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
- joint pain
- muscle aches
- insomnia or reduced sleep
- low energy
- restless leg syndrome
There have been a multitude of studies done linking magnesium to many roles in the overall function of the body. It is responsible for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. It contributes to bone health. 60% of magnesium found in the body is in the bone. Magnesium has anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces insulin resistance. It also helps prevent migranes, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep, promotes good muscle strength, aids in weight loss, fights depression and enhances exercise performance.
The Link Between Alcohol and Magnesium
Drinking too much alcohol leads to an increase in the excretion of magnesium. Experts have claimed that the kidneys eliminate as much as 260% more magnesium within just a few minutes of consuming alcohol.
The more alcohol one drinks and the duration of time, the more the magnesium supplies in the body are depleted. This is why as you get older if alcohol has been a constant, presumably so will the increase in aches and pains, irritability, anxiety and depression. You will find that for those that alcohol has completely taken over their lives, they have little or no magnesium left in their bodies.
Ways To Get Magnesium in the Body
Take a magnesium supplement 300-450 mg/day.
Soak in Water:
Soak in a bath of warm water with Epson Salt and/or Magnesium Flakes. Magnesium will absorb through the skin. Here is how to make a perfect DETOX BATH
Foods with Magnesium:
- Black Beans
- Dark Chocolate
Magnesium on the Skin:
Lather the skin with magnesium lotion or spray. The skin will absorb the magnesium. You can get Lotion and spray at a store that carries natural products or make it yourself. (Recipes below)
Magnesium Lotion Recipe
- ½ cup magnesium flakes
- 3 Tbsp boiling water
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp beeswax pastilles
- 3 Tbsp shea butter
- 1 quart mason jar
- 2 coffee mugs
- Measure magnesium flakes into a mug. Fill another coffee mug. you can bring water to boil on the stove. Measure 3 Tbsp of boiling water into the mug with the flakes. Stir until the flakes are dissolved and set aside.
- In the quart mason jar, measure coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter. Place the jar in a small pan filled with 1-2 inches of water. Place it on the stove and turn the heat to medium high.
- Allow the solids to melt, swirling the jar now occasionally if necessary.
- When everything inside the jar is melted, remove it from the pan and let it cool for about 5 minutes.
- Pour the dissolved magnesium into the quarter mason jar. If it solidifies upon contact, that’s ok.
- Place the blender at the bottom of the jar and blend everything together really well, moving the blender up and down along the sides of the jar as necessary to incorporate the ingredients.
*This makes about 8 ounces of lotion. Store at room temperature for up to 2 months.
Magnesium Spray Recipe
- 1/2 cup magnesium chloride flakes
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- a glass bowl or glass measuring cup
- a glass spray bottle
- Boil the distilled water.
- Place the magnesium chloride flakes in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the boiling water over it.
- Stir well until completely dissolved.
- Let cool completely and store in the spray bottle.
*Can be stored at room temperature for at least six months.
If you don’t want to make it yourself here is a Magnesium Spray that you can buy!
I have experienced magnesium deficiency associated with drinking too much alcohol that led me to have anxiety and depression. I discovered the link between magnesium and alcohol many years ago and I have been making sure I add magnesium in some form to my life ever since. It really helps me. When I forget, I can really tell the difference.
Have you had any experiences with magnesium deficiency? Have you felt so emotionally down after a night of drinking and wondered why you can’t get out of it? Do you think if your magnesium levels were normal. you wouldn’t have the urge to drink as much?
Let me know below 🙂
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