In case you don’t already know, the fun of drinking comes at a price, and we don’t mean the impact on your bank account.
Alcohol can wreak all sorts of havoc on your body. From poor sleep quality to irritating your gastrointestinal system, it causes a whole slew of problems if you drink too much or too often.
One of the most concerning effects of alcohol is the toll it takes on the immune system. Your immune system protects you from all kinds of toxins and sickness so it’s pretty important.
Before you write this off as a total buzzkill, there’s a silver lining coming at the end.
But first, we’re going to take a trip down memory lane to… high school biology class.
How Does the Immune System Work?
Our immune system is made up of cells, organs, proteins, and tissue that work together to protect us from things like viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other toxins.
It’s able to tell the difference between normal cells and antigens, which is basically anything that provokes an immune response.
When the immune system picks up on the presence of an antigen, certain types of white blood cells immediately begin producing large quantities of antibodies that glom onto the antigen and mark it for destruction.
Meanwhile, other types of white blood cells seek out the invading cells and attack them to fight off whatever is threatening the healthy cells.
How Does Alcohol Affect Your Immune System?
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol weakens the immune system, increasing your chances of getting sick.
Are you wondering what counts as “excessive” drinking?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies excessive alcohol intake as heavy drinking, binge drinking, and drinking while pregnant or under the age of 21.
When you consume too much alcohol or when it builds up in your system, it can compromise your immune function in a few key areas.
- Lungs. Alcohol damages immune cells and tiny hairs in the lungs that prevent bacteria and viruses from passing through, making you more likely to get sick.
- Gut bacteria. Alcohol kills healthy gut bacteria and immune cells in the intestine, creating an imbalance of good and bad bacteria.
- Gut barrier. By damaging the gut barrier, more microbes are allowed to pass into the bloodstream and travel through the body.
Alcohol also stimulates an inflammatory immune response. Inflammation happens when the immune system is triggered to fight illness or injury.
Inflammation can cause familiar symptoms like heat, pain, redness, and swelling, but it can also have effects that mimic a hangover like fatigue, body aches, and gastrointestinal issues.
We can all agree that immune function is important (especially now) so how do we lessen the impact of alcohol on our bodies?
Nacystelyn: Immune-Boosting Hangover Relief
The creators of FEELGOOD™ set out to develop a product that would actually prevent hangovers instead of just masking the symptoms.
What they found was an ingredient that not only helps in the hangover department but boosts immune function as well.
Nacystelyn (NAL) is the key ingredient in FEELGOOD™ that’s derived from synthesizing an amino acid called N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) with lysine. Where NAC is acidic and difficult to digest, NAL has a neutral pH making it non-acidic and easier to digest.
Both NAL and NAC tell your body to produce more of an antioxidant called glutathione, which works with your liver enzymes to process alcohol.
When you’re in party mode, you often drink faster than your liver can do its job and the build-up of alcohol and its toxic byproducts is what leads to a hangover.
By upping your body’s stores of glutathione, you’re helping prevent the build-up of alcohol that impairs your immune system. Glutathione is also important for stimulating immune function and works as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Studies have shown that not only is NAL easier to digest than NAC, but it’s also better at increasing glutathione levels.