Wednesday, March 7, 2012

EUI: Exercising Under the Influenece

It’s no secret that drinking alcohol is detrimental to a person’s health, but from a fitness aspect there are several specific effects alcohol can have on an exercise-seeking person.
Hard workouts deplete the glycogen storage, which are carbs that are stored in the liver and muscle, and creates a state of refurbishing in the muscles cells.  Putting alcohol into your system as soon as you finish stalls the process of repairing muscle tissue. High levels of alcohol consumed takes the place of the carbs in your bodies storage, which leaves your energy storage still 50 percent lower than normal even eight hours later, when it should be repairing and replenishing itself. When your body consumes alcohol, it is already dealing with a surplus of calories. It then has to prioritize metabolizing the alcohol over burning fat and carbs. Alcohol also breaks down amino acids and stores them as fat. It also increases levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone that encourages fat storage. Alcohol consumption also hinders your muscle recovery and performance by disrupting your sleep. In a study of 93 men and women, researchers found that alcohol decreased sleep duration and increased the amount of time awake especially in women, whose sleep time was decreased by more than 30 minutes. Disrupting the sleep cycle can reduce the human growth hormone production that builds muscle as much as 70 percent. Alcohol also irritates the stomach lining, which can reduce your capability to absorb nutrients. A more obvious affect is it’s influence on your bladder causing you to go more. Every gram of ethanol that is consumed, 10 milliliters, or two beers, of urine is released. As little as 2 percent dehydration hurts endurance performance.

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