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  • Writer's pictureTelina R.Ac

Healing injuries while drinking alcohol?

As many elite athletes know, consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol may be detrimental to performance, but how does it play with healing of injuries and wounds?


I'm not talking about a glass of wine a night, which can prove beneficial to increase blood flow, but those weekend binges where you don't remember how you got home that night.


If you're one of those people who doesn't drink because you're at the age where you get 5 day hang overs after two beers, please browse on.


What alcohol does in the body when consumed in excess, is create more inflammation than we actually want. An increased level of inflammation reduces our body's ability to fight off infections, lose weight, grow muscle, and heal injuries.


Here at Okami Acupuncture & Wellness, we also know how important sleep is when we need to rehab injuries, perform better and be less stressed. Alcohol may help you fall asleep initially, but it disrupts REM sleep cycles, which can mess up hormone levels and leave your body at the start line.


So, before going out on a weekend bender, ask yourself if the goal you are after such as healing, performance, muscle gain or weight loss is supported by these choices.


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