Feb 20, 2023
63: How to Protect Your Pelvic Floor: Understanding the links between Prolapse and Alcohol Consumption.
Introduction (00:00 - 00:48)
In this episode, we explore how alcohol consumption affects prolapse symptoms and how quitting alcohol can make a positive difference. I share my personal experience of dealing with a prolapse diagnosis and how alcohol became my way of coping.
The Negative Impact of Alcohol on Prolapse Symptoms (00:48 - 03:17)
While alcohol helped to cope with prolapse symptoms in the short term, it had a negative impact on symptoms the next day. Initially, a glass of wine with dinner, but it gradually turned into a bottle or two. Alcohol affected my bowel and bladder movements, leading to constipation and difficulty emptying my bowel completely.
Quitting Alcohol: Positive Changes (03:17 - 06:02)
The decision to quit alcohol entirely in early January 2022 wasn't easy. Since quitting, I've noticed several positive changes, including a reduction in prolapse symptoms.
The Connection Between Alcohol and Prolapse Symptoms (06:02 - 08:05)
When drinking alcohol lowers inhibitions, it can lead to overeating sugary and processed junk food. This, in turn, leads to dehydration, which can cause constipation and exacerbate prolapse symptoms. By quitting alcohol, I've been able to break this cycle and take better care of my entire body.
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