Translucent skin : Reason and Cure

Translucent skin

Hi everyone, Today I wanted to talk about the skin barrier and what it has probably to do with Acne, atopic dermatitis or just general uncomfortable skin. We’re going to cover the following topics What is the skins barrier? How do we damage the skins barrier? what does a damaged skin barrier feel like? what does it matter if we damage our skin barrier? and What can we do to repair it? But firstly welcome! If you are new here hi, my name’s Anne, I’m a doctor and a beauty lover and I’m passionate about sharing beauty tips and tricks for people with more mature skin. You might not know that about me, but I suffer from a mild form of atopic dermatitis, and recently, due to many factors, I had a huge flare-up that was not contained to my body but spread up over my chest and Onto my face, which was not pretty but reminded me that I’ve been meaning to talk about the damaged skin barrier for quite some time. What is the skin barrier?

The skin barrier goes by many different names: lipid barrier, moisture barrier or, the most technical term, stratum corneum It’s basically the upper layer of dead skin cells. It’s usually 10 to 20 layers of them and in between is a lipid matrix made up of ceramides (around 60%) phospholipids and fatty acids. On top of that the skin has a mildly acidic pH which helps activate some enzymes that are in this lipid matrix and Help fight bacteria. So basically the skin barrier keeps the good stuff like the moisture in and keeps the bad stuff like bacteria and Irritants out. What does damage the skin barrier? Well, basically everything. There are environmental factors like wind Cold air, dry air. There are lifestyle factors like alcohol, smoking, pollution, medication we need to take and stress, because stress increases cortisol levels and cortisol leads to chronic inflammation and increased production of sebum in our skin. Then, as Always, we have age: The amount of ceramides we have in our skin which make up to 60% of the lipids in the skin barrier Decreases.

And there are some innate conditions like acne, rosacea and atopic dermatitis that come with a naturally weaker Skin barrier. The biggest factor though are our habits. And the first one is: over washing our face. Water changes the pH of our skin and any cleansers we put on our face, Especially harsh cleansers, foaming cleansers and alkaline cleansers Do not only disrupt the pH, but take away the oils that we need to protect or to form this protective barrier. I did a whole video on the topic of double cleansing and if it’s actually bad for your skin that I’m going to link in The cards here, but as a takeaway message: Do clean your skin as often as necessary, but as gentle as possible. Another thing is over exfoliation. As I mentioned the skin barrier is made up of 10 to 20 layers of dead skin and these are needed, so if we are continuously Exfoliating the upper layer, we are stripping our skin from this protective barrier. We do need to exfoliate as we age because cell turnover gets slower, the cells don’t shed as easily so we end up not with 20, but with 30, 35 layers on our skin

which makes it look tired, but if we end up with just 5 this isn’t good either because it’s just a weaker protection. And For that it’s really important to take a look at your routine and see what you are actually Using that is exfoliating: Your cleansing brushes – They are physical exfoliants, your microfiber or washcloth – Physical exfoliants. The towel you rub your face with is a physical exfoliant. If you pair that with a daily Gentle chemical peel like the pixi Glow Tonic and then maybe a weekly peel, you’re just overexfoliating your skin and that will get you in trouble. Then of course all the other actives we use, especially acne medication or things like retinol, but even vitamin C,

which can be potentially irritating. So if you use them too often and combine too many, over time You can weaken your skin barrier. Another common mistake is not replenishing the lost lipids. I have been guilty of that as well. When I grew up I would use the harshest cleanser I could on my face and then leave it without any kind of hydrating or Moisturizing layer on top, just because I wanted to get rid of all the oil. But that made things worse, made my skin more prone to bacteria invading and led to more acne breakouts. So a lightweight moisturizer that is aimed at acne prone and oily skin is actually a must, and the same goes for your body: If you take a long bath or a Long shower and don’t moisturize immediately afterwards, you will probably end up with dry patches everywhere.

Well, we all have a skin type and we also have skin conditions, and if these conditions change, this might be a warning sign. My skin type is Combination oily, it gets more to normal now that I age and my skin conditions are: dehydration, mature and acne prone. Some warning signs are if your skin gets Really really oily, but at the same time feels kind of tight and dehydrated, if you get breakouts in areas where you never had a breakout before And these are really stubborn and hard to treat, if you develop product resistant dry patches or flakes of eczema, if your skin feels Inflamed and you develop redness, or if a skin care product that you’ve been using for a long time suddenly causes Stinging and irritation.

Why is a damaged in barrier problematic? The skin acts as a barrier, So not only does a damaged skin barrier make it easier for water to evaporate, leading to dehydrated skin or an increase in Transepidermal Water Loss, but it’s also easier for Bacteria and potential irritants to penetrate inside your skin, So A) you’re more prone to breakout and inflammation and B) You’re more prone to developing sensitivities And this is why I personally, when you have a damaged skin barrier, do not recommend using essential oils or any other kind of Fragrance. Not because they do damage the skin barrier, But because they can penetrate inside and the possibility of you developing an allergy against them is much higher Than it is when your skin is functioning completely normal. And even without the dehydration and the bacteria invading leading to breakouts your skin is actually Pretty uncomfortable. I don’t want to run around with tight, Itchy and red skin,

I want my skin to feel plump and shiny and lovely. Skin barrier repair – How do you actually do it? As always Prevention is key and you can’t repair your skin barrier if you’re leading a shitty lifestyle. Stop smoking Stop drinking Make sure you eat a balanced diet that contains all the good nutrients. Manage your stress levels: Work out – This is my preferred way – or meditate if that is what works for you. Make sure you get enough sleep and if all that is done, take a look at your skincare. Make sure you’re using a gentle cleanser and then really access all your Exfoliation and your actives. Do you need all of them? I mean, it’s perfectly fine if you can apply a retinol, a vitamin C and glycolic acid all in one setting but the important point is: You don’t need to, so why would you? Spread them out to different days. Make sure you only use the actives that you and your skin really need! And of course,

I’m guilty of shoving everything on my face and trust me I have paid the price many, many times! So look what you and your skin really need and then make sure you use it as often as needed But not too often. Look at your exfoliation: Once a week is probably fine. Don’t use face brushes, Don’t rub your face with your towel or your washcloth. Just Gentle. Treat your skin gentle! If your skin is already damaged, Then you need to make a plan: The first thing is to cut out everything and focus on gentle cleansing, a lot of hydration and Ingredients that help repair the skin barrier. The last time I damaged my skin barrier it took me a little longer than a week before I slowly started to reintroduce atcives into my routine. This might be shorter for you if you catch it early, This might take even longer depending on your skin and how far it has been damaged. But your face is not going to fall off if you stop using your actives for a week! Gentle cleanser, Hydration, and then a cream that’s called barrier repairing cream or moisture cream, things like that,

basically a cream that contains phospholipids, ceramides and essential fatty acids to help replenish that. If you have something with niacinamid Or if you have something with ProVitamin B5 then this might help on top to soothe and repair your skin. I will have few product recommendations down in the description box. Urea and Even lactic acid have been shown in some studies to help with rebuilding the skin barrier Because they are slightly acidic and hydrating. So if your skin’s pH is the problem, if it is too alkaline due to your cleansers This might work But I personally did stay clear from even lactic acid for the time that my skin was Upset with me. And once you feel like your skin is back in great condition, your breakouts Go back, your skin looks even, there’s no itching,

no tightness no eczema patches, then you can slowly slowly! Reintroduce your actives. Not more than one a week, don’t start using them every night, really listen to your skin and See how much it can actually take. Skincare is a marathon, not a sprint. You need your skin to look good for the rest of your life So if it takes you a week or two longer to introduce a retinol into your routine This will not make you old Overnight. That was hard because I’m kind of impatient, but I admit my skin looks the best that it has in Quite a long time. So maybe this eczema flare-up was just the nudge in the right direction that I needed. I’m going to link a few videos on the screen that I think might interest you, I´d love to hear if you have experienced a damaged skin barrier and what you did do to Heal it. Don’t forget to Like and subscribe, and I’m going to see you all very soon with another video. Bye

7 Proven matcha tea benefits: Why You Should Try It ?

matcha tea benefits

hello and welcome  my purpose is to inspire and power and motivate you to live longer healthier and of course more abundant lives in today’s blog I want to speak to you about the amazing health benefits of matcha green tea and I will tell you I didn’t know a lot about matcha green tea until a couple of years ago and it has become one of my favorites and I’ll tell you I love coffee I’m a big coffee drinker I love it I love the whole warmth of it the social aspect of it but matcha green tea with the health benefits of it is slowly becoming

or I should say quickly becoming probably my go-to favorite and I think once you see what this is all about you’re gonna understand why – and we’re gonna hop right on it in just a moment with all the health benefits but first you know I’d love to give a shout out I love celebrating you out there because you guys are crushing it the reviews the testimonials the the heartfelt messages I get from you are just absolutely melting my heart and I want to thank you for that so this one goes out to Vincent Rando and Vincent writes hi dr. NIC I’m 56 and he’s going to be 57 in a couple of months so Vincent if I don’t say happy birthday to you then I’m gonna give you one right now

I started keto way of eating March 3rd of this year I was 345 pounds my size 50 waist jeans were getting too tight uh I said this is it I’m in with this way of eating it’s been 210 days and I get this this is amazing 210 days and he’s lost a hundred and eighteen pounds that’s a half a pound a day consistently 226 pounds now I want to get to 200 and I believe you will I know you will in fact I can’t believe how much I’ve lost in such a short time intermittent fasting every day in a strict keto diet I flood my mind with everything health and fitness and that’s a big part of it so many times you’re exposed to people who maybe don’t believe in what you’re doing they’re telling you the keto diets not healthy not the way to go you can’t eat that way whatever it may be or maybe they just putting their false beliefs on you maybe they know they can’t do it they don’t you to succeed I’m sorry but some people are like that but when you flood your mind with positive thoughts every day positive motivational things you

watch videos and tapes and audios and things like that that are motivational inspirational that’s how you really succeed with this so like I said he’s flooding his mind everything health and fitness your videos have been with me from day one thank you doctor Nick you’ve been my second home Vincent Randall well thank you so much Vincent I appreciate that you have no idea and like I said guys a lot of you maybe aren’t getting the same results as Vincent and that’s okay nobody has to lose a hundred and ten pounds or a hundred and twenty pounds or even 80 pounds even if you’re losing 5 10 15 20 you’re still winning take that next step

you can do it don’t get discouraged by other people who are doing maybe more than you maybe you started this off with your husband and he’s just killing it and you’re struggling along a lot of times it really depends on what we’ve been exposed to all of our lives maybe your insulin-resistant a little bit more but that’s ok just keep going keep plugging you’ll have that breakthrough I promise you just give it the time to work its way through let your body start to really heal healing your hormones and so on and you can do it and I’ll tell you one way like I said is from our communities our Facebook group

and if you really want the extra help take a look at the course we’ve got we just started a course called ultimate keto with dr. Nick and if you really want more help take a look at it if it’s not a fit for you that’s okay but some of you need a little bit more hand-holding or a little bit more instruction and a little bit more insight and so on so take a look at it and see if it’s a fit for you or not but anyway if you like what we’re talking about here make sure you like you share you comment and subscribe and we’re going to dive right on in with the amazing health benefits of matcha green tea so first of all let’s look at five different reasons why this is so powerful and we look at the ORAC value

that’s the oxygen radical absorbance how much free radicals can it absorb of course we all know about antioxidant levels how much antioxidants as a food have that can fight these free radicals catechins we’re going to be speaking about those in a little while but those are super antioxidants basically l-theanine and chlorophyll extremely important and you’re gonna see why in just a little while and how its alkalizing so with that said let’s first talk about its or act value and like I said or act stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity so how many free radicals can it absorb so that’s basically when we look at foods and of course we’ve typically we’re thinking about foods that are very high in the

ORAC score or high antioxidants is the very colorful ones and so berries are of course pretty much at the top of the list we could always think about but what’s interesting about matcha green-tea is this most people think of blueberries is one of the highest blueberries of course everybody knows how super rich and antioxidants are well they’re or ACT score is 24 now get this the or ACT score of matcha green tea is 1384 so it just absolutely blows away one of the top points that you can think of which are blueberries so this thing is a rock star when it comes to absorbing free radicals now next i want to talk about catechins what are those exactly well catechins are actually super antioxidants in fact a lot of people think they’re even more powerful than vitamin E and vitamin C so what Harvard said is this according to a paper published by Harvard Medical School green tea is one of the best food sources of a group of antioxidants known as catechins catechins are thought to be even more powerful than both vitamin C and E and stopping oxidative damage to cells and that’s really the important thing when you think about your health.


you have to literally think about it at the cellular level it has to go right back to the cell and anything that causes damage to the cell structure itself to the DNA the cell membrane whatever it may be that is going to start to cause your body to break down and it ages you early so one of the big things that causes your premature aging is things that cause free radicals to be formed now antioxidants like catechins play a key role in the health and disease with studies showing that they could help protect against chronic conditions like heart disease diabetes and even cancer so some of the biggest diseases that we know about can actually be helped with matcha green-tea because of these catechins because of these super super antioxidants now talk about l-theanine now l-theanine now this is an amino acid and what Elfi neem does is it can actually get your body to produce alpha waves this is very calming effect alpha waves are the frequency that your brain is in when it’s in the most calm most tranquil a lot of times your daydream and you’re kind of off in a daze that’s typically alpha waves sometimes people can meditate with about a very high alpha frequency so that is the one where you’re most calm now the amazing thing about this is that matcha green tea one has an extremely high amount of l-theanine

but it’s also got some caffeine but it’s not as high as coffee so the beautiful thing about how matcha green tea works is that it’s a very alert calm your alert your sharp but yet your very calm so it’s got a very calming effect on your body but also helps increase levels of gaba now that’s gamma amino butyric acid now gaba is a neurotransmitter in your brain now what that means is this neurotransmitters are chemicals within your nerve system that can answer actually transmit the signals from nerve to nerve that’s a neurotransmitter so it’s in the gaps between the nerve fibers so that way it can transmit the signal across the gap so think of it like there’s a canyon you want to get across the canyon to the other side you need a carrier molecule and a neurotransmitter is just that now what’s interesting about gaba

is gaba is a inhibitory neurotransmitter now what it’s known for is inhibiting these impulses so that way your body doesn’t feel stressed and anxious so matcha green tea is very very relaxing because it gets your body to secrete more gaba which helps your body block those messages that are causing anxiety and worry and things like that so super super good for that so you want to include it anytime you’re feeling anxious that’s one of the nice tranquil benefits of drinking a nice cup of matcha green tea now what about its other benefits well number one it’s cancer-fighting been of that’s numerous numerous studies on this number one a bladder cancer study 882 women showed that the risk of bladder cancer was

significantly reduced in women who consumed matcha not only that when it comes to breast cancer a meta-analysis and what a meta-analysis means is this a medicine analysis is a study of the studies so if you have a bunch of studies say 5 or 10 different studies and you want to do a study on the studies that’s called a meta-analysis so meta-analysis found that women who drank the most green tea had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer now for those of you who are concerned about colorectal cancer okay colon and rectum a study of 69

thousand seven hundred ten Chinese women aged 40 to 70 found that green tea drinkers had a 57 percent less chance of developing colorectal cancer now that’s significant as if 22 percent wasn’t high enough 57 percent is really super high you know that now for those of you who are concerned guys out there about prostate cancer and of course all men after the ages say 50 are gonna start to get enlarged prostates it starts to become an issue but you don’t want it to turn cancerous so get this one large study found that the Japanese men who drank five or more cups of green tea per day had a 48 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer so good news for us guys if you’re worried about being at risk for prostate cancer

Dandelions Aren’t Weeds! Top-9 Health benefits of all Dandelion

hey guys come on along with me today we’re making dandelion tea and I’ve had the kids in the yard all day picking these flowers a lot of people think they’re weeds but they are so nutritious and have so many things that you can do with them so come on along get some of these flowers and let’s make some tea all right now what I have here is our dandelions you can put them in any glass receptacle you use a half gallon a gallon I just got some reports here and you fill them maybe about a third to half way full and what I’m gonna do with these

is I’m gonna I’ve got some dried hibiscus and our tea water is just about boiling and I’m gonna put some hibiscus in this one so I’ll do a dandelion hibiscus how’s that just a few there like that and then this one I’m gonna do rose hips so we’ll do the rose hips in put a few rose hips in here give it a nice rose flavor there we go now pull this and you might want to add sweetener so you can do stevia you can do honey I’m going to do maple syrup today and we’ll start out with oh maybe like a tablespoon per per genre just drizzle some in there like that you can always sweeten it later if you want it sweeter you can also add things like

mint that would be really good lemon balm mint and lemon balm would be good and just throw them right in there stuff them right in and then basically all you’re gonna do now is pour your water right over top I’m right up just like that and I’ll leave them on the stove here come down to room temperature and then I’ll put him in the refrigerator and in 24 hours we’ll be back to taste and see what our dandelion tea now this will infuse and all the vitamins and nutrients from the dandelions are gonna go into our water and it’s gonna be delicious look at how beautiful those look young all right here

we are our dandelion tea has sat now for a little over 24 hours and that we’ve got them in the jars here and so we’re gonna do the hibiscus dandelion one first and so you just want to open this up get yourself a strainer and a bowl there besides boil you need depending how much you did and we’re gonna just pour it in here you want to strain out the flowers okay and you get those things I’m gonna push them get all that out of there and all the goodness of the dandelions are in the tea oh my gosh alright so there you have it we now have dandelion tea and again I sweeten it of course with

maple syrup and I’m going to and let’s see if I can get a little taste we’ll just do it this way I guess look at that oh my gosh that’s alright all right Cheers let’s check it out oh my gosh that is delicious you guys hibiscus dandelion sweet tea and so sweetened with maple syrup of course use whatever sweetener you like you can use honey stevia things like that but absolutely delicious and oh good for you and detoxifying so Cheers and hope to see you again with some more tips for your garden and whatever else in life I can give you all right all the best everybody



They are best indicators of

dandy-lion do you hate it or do you love it find out what it is doing in your yard or garden or Orchard stay tuned [Music] so dandelions I saw this week a father showing his son how to pull out and weed dandelion and how to throw it in the garbage and I thought wow is that your situation are you passing on the knowledge of how to destroy this plant to your kids and if so okay let me give you some reasons you may hate that any line you see you know I keep getting rid of it you know what dandelions actually doing in your yard and why you have it or why you have a lot where you don’t have hardly any that’s what we’ll look at if you have some dandelions it’s really a very useful indicator
plant you see we got a little bit of dandy line here and it’s it’s showing you a few things the first one that you’ll usually see dandelion associated with is your soil is compacted it’s pressed down it’s packed tight and so dandelion have you ever weeded dandelion you know that big tap root it’s actually trying to doesn’t really drill down but it’s trying to get through the soil so that that soil is d compacted or loosened so that’s what it’s trying to do and you know what happens when you actually pull it out and throw out the root it says sand the second wave you get it send another weight because it’s trying to do a job and you are pulling it out and getting rid of it alright the job’s not finished send a second wave so compaction is one reason another reason you get it and one of the reasons we get it here a little bit still this is nothing show you a picture of what
it looked like when we bought this place and it was if you bent down like this all you would see across the orchard was yellow you wouldn’t even see green well that was certainly indicating something and I knew then already what some of the problems are that it was trying to solve so I knew our soil here because it’s and it’s not really compaction that’s the problem so what else could it be the next biggest reason you get dandelion is your soil is lacking calcium and there are not many plants that are considered calcium pumps you see this imagine this stem and then you get a root and then it goes down down down down and deep into the ground beyond the range of your grass it can take that calcium that’s down deep and pump it up into well into the leaves and into the flowers so by pumping that calcium up if you leave the dandelion
that dandelion now that’s rich in calcium and these are very rich in calcium the leaves they will die on the surface or even if you mow it and if you mow it and you cut these two tops say and this is left so if you mow and you leave it so now these pieces are left on your surface of the soil what’s gonna happen with them their calcium rich they will decompose and they will bring that calcium into your grass and gradually your sort your soil level of calcium will go back to where it should be and then they will have done their job so that’s that’s another big reason that’s what we had a real lack of calcium and I remember the day that I realized Wow dandy line had done their job it wasn’t roots and it wasn’t flour I mean it wasn’t leaves and it wasn’t flowers who was actually
the roots and I heard a scuffle going on we had geese at the time and I thought what are they fighting over so much one of them had pulled up a dandelion root and the other one wanted it and they were fighting for a dandelion rooted I thought wow we used to have a sea of dandelions why are they fighting over one root and I have to look around and realize you know what it’s kind of like this there was very few dandelions left so they have to fight over it because it was not many around so I realized wow we went from complete yellow to well some of you would say that’s quite a lot and I’ll tell you another reason why not shortly but this is this is had done their they had done their job we weren’t removing material we weren’t taking out dandelions and so they had finished their job the calcium levels were good and
we really virtually don’t have dandelions anymore the other reason that you’ll get it is your soil is too acid and we don’t we have an almost a neutral pH soil here but if your soils acid it’ll encourage dandelion and let them restore the soil bounce because they really like a more neutral level of acidity in the soil so that’s another reason you could leave them do their job and the last one and the reason we still have some dandelion is when you have too much shade for the grass the dandelion starts to come in because it’s just too shady dandelion is a spring flower it grows a lot in the spring takes advantage of the Sun you see the leaves have just started to come in on the on the fruit trees and up until now the dandelion have been pumping away and building up their reserves so because they’re a spring plant they use their energy and now they’re not really growing much
so they’re done for the season until the fall and they’ll grow back more leaves in the fall so they can grow where the grass can’t grow grass needs at least eight hours of full Sun and so now in here because we’ve got taller trees we have a little too much shade for some of the grass and it thins out and the dandelion can grow if you’re at all concerned about wildlife and you think well you know there’s frogs and there’s birds but there’s a lot of insects dandelion you ever notice it’s kind of the first one to flower mass a lot of flowers and it happens to be the most important nectar source and pollen for the first insects to emerge in your yard if you’re removing
it you’re actually getting rid of a lot of beneficial insects insects that are trying to get rid of some pests in your yard maybe and if you’re taking these flowers away you’re chopping them off and you’re weeding them out then what are they gonna eat don’t go somewhere else so you want those beneficial insects to work in your garden so maybe leave them and let them finish their job they’ll reduce in a few years on their own and you won’t need to use tools or especially not herbicides to get rid of them that’s the tip for wildlife and biodiversity now let me show you one way that you can see the dandelions telling you at what stage it is is it dominating the landscape or is it kind of hanging on because if you let it do a job it will go from here’s a good
one let’s look at this one here see that see that look at the leaves how are they angled there when you see a dandy line basically angled like this they’re going please give me some Sun I need some Sun because well this case it’s the shrub is shading it the grass isn’t that thick and so it’s on its last stage it’s not really getting stronger but when you see dandelion like it is here or here you see their pattern they are basically they’re dominating they are opened up and now they can take the whole space and that’s what they do they’ll open up and they dominate means here they haven’t finished their job and I know that this area is about a little bit clay in our soil so because we walk here so much we have probably compacted this a little bit and in some places dandelion is finding it a good place to do some D compaction here’s a really good one completely open but you see how we see some bare ground here so it’s just filling up bare ground filling the space covering the ground because nature hates bare soil where you can have grass
and so it’s growing like this if you see it gradually going where the leaves close up then you know that it’s kind of finished its job so look at your situation do you hate these things or do you love them or if you’re neutral that’s okay too but realize that they’re trying to do a job for you for your lawn for your field for your orchard and which one are they doing look at where they’re growing are they growing there because it’s too shady for grass if you have a lot of trees that could be the main reason are they growing there because it’s compacted because it’s a spot like here in the middle where we walk a lot and so we’re packing the ground down
is it because your soil is too acid maybe you have a big conifer and the needles are falling and it makes the soil more acid that could be a reason you’re having dandelion or are you actually lacking calcium and they’re trying to pump that calcium from deep in put it back on the surface where if the grass has it it has sufficient calcium and it will crowd out the dandelion and the dandelions trying to tell you what it’s doing is it Oh Dominic and have all the space and its leaves are showing you that
it’s in the first stage or is it the last stage where now it’s so crowded by the grass that it has to grow its leaves upright the plant is telling you take a look at it learn to listen what it’s trying to do and be thankful for these little plants that are actually trying to solve the problems in your soil so thanks for watching see you next time bye hey please subscribe and check out our latest video [Music] acidity too much shade and [Music]

Benadryl and Alcohol is this a Fatal Combination?

Benadryl and Alcohol

Let me set the scene… You’re in the last week of a course of antibiotics, and there’s a big event coming up in your social calendar maybe a wedding, a birthday, table for one at Nando’s; Whatever it may be, it means heading out on the town for a night of partying. But unfortunately you’re likely to be the only sober person in the bar, because if you have a nice, cool alcoholic beverage it will stop your antibiotics from working, and most likely make you sick. A study at a London clinic found that eighty one percent of patients believed that this combination would stop antibiotics from working and seventy one percent thought it would cause side-effects. But how true is this?

Does it work the same for all antibiotics or is it just bunch of lies to get you to cut down on your alcohol intake? I’m Stu, this is Debunked, and we’re here to sort the Truths from the Myths and Facts from the Misconceptions. After penicillin was first discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928 it was soon used to treat soldiers’ infected wounds during World War Two. However, they soon found it to be extremely effective at clearing up Sexually Transmitted Infections too. Specifically ‘the clap’ or gonorrhoea.

According to Dr Eric Sidebottom from the University of Oxford ‘This presented the military with a problem: with limited supplies, which soldiers should receive the drug – those with clap or those with horrific injuries? Churchill reportedly decided to use it to “best military advantage” (give it to those with the clap to get them back onto the front lines more quickly).’ With it now established as a cure for STIs, it became widely prescribed in venereal disease clinics after World War Two.

Now this is the point in time where the idea of ‘no alcohol’ came into play. While on the course of antibiotics patients carrying an STI would still be infectious, so they were told to stay off alcohol; Doctors feared their patients would get drunk and jump into bed with someone at the first opportunity, spreading their infectious love juices all over town. By advising the patients not to drink, doctors were giving the medication a chance to work before any infections could be passed on. So, the advice was actually more psychological than medicinal. This advice has since passed through the generations and has become a sort of “tradition” as part of standard medical practice. So next time you worry about getting tipsy on your pills,

you can blame your randy grandparents. However, all of this doesn’t mean you should go out all night and get hammered while you’re on antibiotics. Drinking alcohol at the same time as taking medication can increase the time it takes for your liver to process the medication and therefore slows down your recovery period. Some antibiotics can also cause side effects like dizziness and drowsiness so this may increase the nauseating effect of alcohol. But, it won’t actually stop the antibiotics from working. However, of all the hundreds of antibiotics that are available, there are five types…

…that really should be avoided with alcohol, but only two of these are commonly prescribed. Metronidazole, is used to treat dental and gynaecological infections, as well as to treat clostridium difficile, an infection picked up in hospitals. The other is Tinidazole which is used for similar infections as well as to remove harmful bacteria from the gut. The combination of either of these medications and alcohol can make you pretty sick. It prevents your body from breaking down the alcohol properly, this leads to a build up of a toxin in the blood called acetaldehyde and can result in vomiting, severe headaches, chest pain, an increased heart rate and breathlessness. I’m sure we can all agree that none of those are particularly good for you.

And although a study in 2003 disputed this, it is still widely considered to cause these side-effects. Metronidazole is actually closely related to Antabuse, which a drug used to treat alcoholism by making alcoholics nauseous when they consume alcohol. So it’s best to stay away from the liquor if you’re on those, unless you want to paint the walls of your local boozer with your breakfast, lunch and dinner. To be on the safe side you should also avoid alcohol for 48 hours after finishing your course of Metronidazole and 72 hours after Tinidazole. I hope that cleared up a few misconceptions, but before you go,

there is another school of thought about where the whole myth came from… During World War Two, penicillin was in such short supply that medics would reuse as much as possible from patients pee, and if the patient’s drunk beer it would increase the volume of urine and make it harder to obtain the penicillin. So a ban on beer was put in place so they could recycle as much of the medication as possible.

But we can’t go debunking myths with urban legends so that just a nice side note. Anyway, I hope you learnt something new and, if you liked what you saw, then we’ve got loads more coming, so subscribe and you won’t miss out on those. If you have any suggestions for upcoming videos please leave a comment as we’d love to hear them. Thanks for watching.