Alcohol affects the liver’s ability to metabolise nutrients, particularly B vitamins. This is due to B vitamins used by the liver to help metabolise alcohol. B vitamins are also water-soluble and therefore flushed out of the body in urine. Some other vitamins and minerals also affected by alcohol intake include vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
What can we do to support ourselves when consuming alcohol?
- Consume a good B vitamin and zinc complex
- Stabilise blood sugar by eating regular meals filled with greens. Alcohol depletes chromium, which enhances the effects of insulin.
- Stay hydrated. For every standard drink that you consume, consume a glass of water.
- Consume protein before/during drinking alcohol such as Greek yoghurt, hummus dip with veggie sticks, hard-boiled eggs and protein balls.
- Eat fruits, vegetables and good fats
The speed of alcohol absorption depends on how much food is in the stomach, meaning that alcohol is absorbed slower if you eat at the same time. Choose wisely- opt for clear spirits mixed with soda water or red wine. Herbs that can support the liver include St Mary’s thistle, Schisandra, dandelion and Andrographis.