Alcohol and the Gut!
Updated: Sep 14, 2021
Indulged in alcohol over the Christmas period and thinking of your liver health?
Well, why not start with easy steps to address the gut!
Did you know that liver inflammation is highly correlated with gut dysbiosis which can be initiated or aggravated by alcohol consumption?
Alcohol can cause intestinal inflammation and shift the ratios of various bacteria in the intestine, including reducing the numbers of Bacteroidetes and increasing the number of Firmicutes.
A higher proportion of Firmicutes and lower numbers of Bacteroidetes are associated with a higher harvesting of energy from food consumed i.e. getting more calories from your food. (Ferolla et al., 2019, Guohong-Liu et al., 2019)
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Guohong-Liu, Qingxi-Zhao, & Hongyun-Wei. (2019). Characteristics of intestinal bacteria with fatty liver diseases and cirrhosis. In Annals of Hepatology (Vol. 18, Issue 6, pp. 796–803). Elsevier Espana S.L. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aohep.2019.06.020