To drink or not to drink

photoTo drink or not to drink?  Ummm…  Well…  Drink!  OK, it’s not that simple.  Those who know me know that I love to enjoy a good beer with dinner or after the kiddo’s gone down for the night.  This drink is not a splurge and has no guilt attached to it and neither should yours.  Research has proven that moderate drinking can actually be beneficial to your health in the following ways-

  • Reduce you risk of heart disease.  One of the antioxidants found in beer and wine (phenols to be specific), helps protect your heart from future disease and hypertension (aka- high blood pressure).
  • Become an expert problem-solver.  Alcohol has been shown to protect brain neurons from damage that can lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia.  In a recent study, people given a drink were quicker and more creative at solving test problems than those sad folks who weren’t offered anything to drink.

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  • Up your good cholesterol (HDL).  Everyone needs a good level of HDL in their system to help fight down their LDL (bad cholesterol) and having a drink can do just that.
  • Boost your immune system.  Several studies have shown that moderate drinkers have as much as a 60% less chance of catching the common cold.
  • Do you like red wine?  Resveratrol, red wine’s main antioxidant, can not only combat the signs of aging, but also increase your life span!  Sound too good to be true?  Well, studies on this one are still being done.  Resveratrol is definitely an excellent thing but the amount that you need to reap these rewards is still being determined.

The key take away point from all of this is moderation, moderation, moderation.  Exceeding 1 daily drink a day for a woman and 2 for a man and you kill these benefits.  This means no extra credit points for keg stands, sorry.  If you’re a beer or wine drinker, remember that darker colored drinks container slightly more antioxidants, so opt for red wine and a darker brew.  When you enjoy your next drink, ENJOY it!  Don’t feel guilty.  Toast your health.

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