Wine health - know your facts

Wine health is the subject of much debate. Let's try and explore wine health benefits as well as drawbacks.

I personally don't drink wine or indeed any alcohol having never developed a taste for it. However much has been said recently regarding the health benefits of moderate wine consumption.

Although it is not clear how, it is now thought that this moderate alcohol consumption is beneficial, raising good cholesterol concentration in the blood and so reducing the risk of blood clots.

Added to this, red wine gets credit for its anti-oxidant properties due to its flavonoid content. All this news deserves a celebratory drink but let’s not be too hasty to see the bottom of that glass!!

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I'm not going to lecture you about over-drinking but, since this is a website about retaining your youthful looks, you do need to be aware of the consequences.

Drinking in excess on a regular basis will not only give you a rotten hangover, it can cause a host of serious health issues. Here are some:

  • it can cause damage to your internal organs
  • it robs your body of valuable vitamins and minerals
  • it inevitably causes weight gain caused by consuming a high sugar, empty calorie drink
  • it is believed to be linked to cancers in the mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, colon and breast
  • it can cause liver damage where healthy liver cells die and dead cells are replaced with fibrous tissue. The change to your liver is irreversible.

But here's the good news. If your consumption is moderate, then you have no need to worry. Youthful beauty owes much to a happy attitude and if you enjoy a drink and can do so in moderation, carry on. Let's repeat the good news:

Beauty secret: Do drink, if you wish, but keep it in moderation.

If you are a regular drinker but do want to stay young, it's time to look for alternatives. Why not try some of the following over the next month and see how you feel at the end of it: an evening at the local theatre, in the health club, late night shopping, or even dancing - just make sure you don't finish up in the bar at the end of the evening! If, at the end of the month, you say that you don’t feel any better, I suspect you’ve either been cheating or your drinking levels were within the accepted boundaries to begin with.

Try to keep in sight that anything that’s worth having is not going to come easily. If you wish to remain as youthful as you possibly can then you have to make some sacrifices along the way. And don’t think that the anti-oxidants in the red wine makes drinking it almost compulsory.

Walk in to any health food shop and you will find a months supply of good anti-oxidants for the price of a good bottle of booze, whilst sticking to a simple healthy diet and exercise will reduce the risk of heart disease!

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