Five Big Reasons to Skip Happy Hour

Do you like to have a few drinks at the end of the day? Few people really understand the connection between alcohol, hormonal balance, and weight.  Here are a few of the biggest reasons you should consider skipping, or at least minimizing, your alcoholic beverages.

 

 

 

 

1. Alcohol of any kind lowers testosterone levels.  You guys out there should know that just 1-2 alcoholic drinks can have this effect for 48 hours!  Testosterone is crucial for healthy mood, sex drive, and lean muscle mass.  Unless you want to sport a muffin top or feel like Eyor, avoid having more than one drink, or avoid alcohol altogether.

2. Guess what the top estrogen promoting nutrient is, people?  HOPS.  Hops and licorice are the top two estrogen promoting foods, meaning that both tend to increase estrogen levels in your body.  This means that beer is one of the very worst libations you could choose because the hops ingredient increases estrogen levels.  When paired with the testosterone lowering effects, it’s no question that beer is probably one of the worst beverages a guy could choose.  No wonder we often refer to the “beer gut.”  Not only does the alcohol contained in beer prime the body for fat storing, the hops sets the stage for man boobs and muffin tops.

3.  Alcohol promotes weight gain, but few people understand the primary reason for this.  We often blame the excess calories associated with alcohol for the extra pounds, but the real reason alcohol promotes fat storage has more to do with hormones.  Our liver is responsible for metabolizing alcohol, but it has lots of other things to get rid of as well….like excess estrogen.  Alcohol takes precedence, of course, so the liver has to stop doing what it’s doing to rid the body of alcohol.  This means that excess estrogen and other toxins don’t get metabolized.

Estrogen dominance has become a buzz phrase, and it’s true that most people these days have too much of the bad estrogen and not enough of the good.  Estrogen promotes fat storage.  New fat cells produce estrogen.  More estrogen promotes more fat storage, and here you have a nasty cycle.

Women who are recovering from child birth or miscarriage and those who are overweight typically suffer from estrogen dominance.  The liver has to work extra hard to burn off the excess estrogen, and it can’t do this when bombarded with alcohol, soy foods, chemical preservatives, artificial sweeteners and preservatives, medications, or other toxins.

You see where this is going-alcohol interferes with your liver’s ability to promote hormonal balance.  If you drink alcohol on a regular basis, you’ll likely pack on a few pounds for this reason.  Pounds create more estrogen, and estrogen creates more pounds.

4. Sumo wrestlers drink beer to get fat.  No joke.  They skip breakfast and eat two larger meals toward the end of the day, both of which usually include beer.  It’s a crucial component to their dietary goal of getting as fat as possible.  I don’t know about you, but this is enough reason for me to avoid beer forever plus a year.

5.  Lastly, alcohol raises cortisol levels.  Cortisol promotes fat storage in the abdominal (aka, beer gut/muffin top).  Higher cortisol levels also interact with alcohol metabolism to increase estrogen levels.  No wonder the weekend binger can leave us feeling like nibbling on the table.

Having a cocktail is fun.  Believe me, there are days when motherhood has me running for a straw, but it’s not worth it in the long run. I encourage you to simply minimize your alcohol intake to maybe 3-4 glasses of red wine a week if you must.  If you have some significant fitness goals (good for you!), you should cut out alcohol altogether.  Stay away from beer since muffin tops and man boobs suck.  Optimal hormonal balance is crucial if you want to get in the best shape possible-both physically and emotionally.

That’s all for today, folks.  I hope this article illuminates the connection between balanced lifestyle and balanced hormonal levels.  Calories matter less than hormonal balance, and I’ll write more about how soy can ruin hormonal balance soon.  For now, a toast to your health (over iced tea):

May you live as long as you like, and have what you like as long as you live.  Cheers!