How am I going to drink champagne while in ketosis?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few really relaxing hours with my husband and have some champagne? Do I have a night of nausea and vomiting ahead?
A quick biochem lesson:
“what?! oh no! Is algebra next?!”
1. drink a glass of champagne
2. alcohol goes to the liver
3. an enzyme breaks alcohol into acetelaldehyde
aceteladehyde is a poison, cousin to formaldehyde.
4. ALDH2 enzyme breaks down acetelaldehyde into urea （urine） and CO2 （breath）.
In ketogenic people:
There is a buildup of acetone （nail polish remover） that blocks ALDH2 from breaking down the poison acetelaldehyde. Too much acetyladehyde in body causes “flush syndrome”-heart palpitations follwed by horrid nausea, vomiting, and sweating.
Wow, sounds fab.
Sign me up.
When I was researching ketogenisis and alcohol biochemistry, I came across something that may help with the breakdown of that nasty toxin:
Explains why Redbull is popular with drinkers. It has Taurine in it. I wonder if that is where the “bull” part comes from.
“This month, Neptune is no longer a planet and Saturn moves into your house. You have decluttering to do. Flirt with strangers and look forward to no promotions.”
I’m a writer and scientist with a side of Nutty Professor-willing to experiment on myself.
Yes, you’re welcome.
Here’s what happened:
30 minutes before champagne:
1. I took 2,000 mg Taurine.
2. At 2 sips of champagne-feeling nice and relaxed and buzzaroo.
3. 2 glasses of champagne over 3 hours with dinner.
4. At 4 hours after my first sip, my heart begins to race and I am awake as an owl.
5. For 2 hours, my heart pounds while I sit in the dark and listen to Dave Ramsey podcasts. I find it oddly comforting as if I’m a night truck driver listening to talk radio in the wee hours-slogging coffee and Slim Jims and expecting sightings of the Chupacabra.
6. Then, sleepy. No nausea, no vomiting.
Am I onto something?
The only way to know is to repeat the experiment next date night.
I’ll report back ;）
image from “Bully for Bugs”. Warner Brothers.