10 REASONS WHY ALCOHOL IS BAD FOR YOUR BEAUTY & HEALTH!10 REASON WHY ALCOHOL IS BAD FOR YOUR BEAUTY & HEALTH!  There are many holiday parties in December whether they are work-related or family events.  Alcohol will be free-flowing in the city. I gave some serious thoughts about whether I should be drinking or not for my own well-being.  Sure, it is fun to let loose sometimes since life can be stressful and alcohol seems to relieve stress momentarily.  Alcohol basically numbs your senses and frees inhibition.  We all know that.  However, I am coming to a conclusion that the bad outweighs the good.  In fact, it is rather detrimental to your whole well-being. Frankly, I don't understand why we are preconditioned to drink for socialization as soon as we enter college or even sooner.     Alcohol, basically, goes anywhere water is in cells and causes tissue injuries all over your body.  It affects virtually every organ and tissue by direct interaction with cellular components. 1.  Worst for your skin! It damages skin elasticity and causes premature aging. Creates inflammation throughout your body and skin causing dehydration, dullness, enlarged pores, discoloration, sagging, wrinkles, etc.  Excess alcohol also alters blood flow to the skin and leaves an unhealthy appearance for days.    2.  Weakens muscle tissues Alcohol damages muscle tissues in your heart, brain, legs and other organs resulting in myalgia, muscle weakness and pain, renal impairment and myoglobinuria, rhabdomyolysis, etc.  3.   Bad for your heart  It can cause cardiomyopathy meaning stretching and drooping of the heart muscles, irregular heartbeats, stroke and high blood pressure in the long run.  Your heart cannot pump adequate blood supply to other parts of the body.  4.   Severe damage to liver including Steatosis, or fatty liver, Alcoholic hepatitis, Fibrosis and Cirrhosis 5.   Damages to pancreas  Pancreas make insulin and other chemicals to help you break down food.  Alcohol disrupts this process and the chemicals stay inside the pancreas.  This with toxin from alcohol causes inflammation in the organ, which could lead to diabetes.  6.   Weakens your immune system   Your body cannot make the white blood cells it needs to fight off germs.  I have noticed I tend to catch a cold after a night of excessive drinking.  It makes you more susceptible to cold, pneumonia and tuberculosis and other infections. 7.   Impairs bone fracture healing  It inhibits bone fracture repair at an early state in the healing process.  The canonical Wnt signaling pathway plays a crucial role in bone formation.  Alcohol interferes with this pathway and may inhibit both cartilage and bone formation in the fracture callus.   8.  Deregulated hormone and genes. It alters your growth and other hormone productions and causes gene dysregulation.  Hormone and genes play a key role maintaining a healthy body and skin.  Alcohol disrupts them from functioning normally. 9.   Hearing loss  Alcohol can cause hearing loss over long term.  It either messes with the part of the brain that processes sound or damages delicate nerves and tiny hair in our ear.  10.  Interrupts sleep.  You don’t get the REM sleep you need to feel fully-rested.  Body and skin rejuvenate during your sleep.  Alcohol triggers a stress hormone (norepinephrine) that makes your alert causing you to wake up.   In addition, it increases the risk for cancer.  Another thing I want to emphasize is that alcohol dulls your senses.  It affects your senses, memory and clear mind.  Your mind is foggy next day.  Now it is scientifically proven that heavy drinking shrinks brain volume, which is quite scary. Don’t you want to live a full life being able to focus on your work and moments you are spending with your loved ones?  I, certainly, do.  Time flies as we get older.  I want to clearly remember all the precious time I spend with my loved ones in life.  I don’t want these memories to be hazy and even lose entirely due to alcohol.  So, I concluded it is best not to drink for these reasons.  But if you still want to, please just have one glass and have a sparkling water or a mocktail the rest of the night.  And make sure you have something to eat.  Don’t drink on empty stomach.  Food slows the absorption of alcohol in stomach.  Liver can break down 1 ounce of alcohol in 1 hour.  The excess(toxin) gets stored in your cells, which you don’t want!  
SIGNS OF MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCYHumans have been depleting Earth’s soil faster than the nutrients can be replenished.  Apples and carrots, for instance, now grown have much less vitamins and minerals than those from decades ago. Modern agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of minerals from the soil. Hence, a lot of us are mineral-deficient these days.   Also, when we eat a lot of acidic food such as coffee, meat, dairy and bagels, etc., it could cause magnesium deficit.  When body's pH is too acidic, our body responds to counter this by releasing calcium and magnesium from bones to make it more alkaline and by breaking down muscles to release ammonia (alkaline). Exhaustion and stress can also deplete magnesium level in the body.  This depletion will make the amount of calcium increase in the body causing symptoms like eye-twitching or kidney stones. If you have some of the signs below, you might want to have your doctor check your mineral level. 1.   Muscle soreness and cramps Muscle weakness is one of the most common signs of magnesium deficiency.  When the electrolytes magnesium and calcium are present in the right ratio to one another, the right balance between tension and relaxation in the muscles exists.  With magnesium deficit, this balance is lost. 2.   Fatigue  Magnesium is necessary in creating energy in our cells.  3.   Sugar craving   Craving for sugar could mean a lack of nutrients like chromium and magnesium.   4.   Insomnia     Magnesium provides huge help in activating parasympathetic nerve system. And this helps your brain relax. 5.   Severe headaches  If you lack in vitamin A, B, C and D. It can lead to frequent headaches, usually on only one side of the head.  With low magnesium, the blood vessels in your brain start to narrow and expand quickly causing extreme pain. 6.   Acid reflux   Magnesium prevents the release of food and stomach acid into the esophagus. With lack of it, this process reverses and the acid flows into esophagus. 7.   Chronic pain & fibromyalgia   With low magnesium level, the nervous system can be easily overexcited.  And it can increase muscle tension. 8.   Bone problem  Low level magnesium increases the risk of bone problems, especially bone fracture. Without magnesium, calcium is not properly metabolized. 9.   Stress and apathy  It helps building a strong nerve system and help you relax. 10.   Constipation     It has a relaxing effect on many parts of the body including digestive system.