Better Way Health Says: ‘It’s Not Just About Food!’
How to Have an Even Happier, Healthier 2013!
We talk about food. We talk about less sugar, cutting the fat, improving cardio, taking that beta glucan and eating beta glucan-filled foods so that you live longer, healthier lives. But, what most people do not know, is that life and health is not all about food and exercise. And our friends at BetterWayHealth.com want to talk to you this holiday season about the benefits of ‘drink,’ so that when you reach for that glass on New Year’s Eve you will have absolutely nothing to feel guilty about.
What most people do not know in this age of constant exercise and constantly ‘bashing’ people about their weight – and what and when they eat – is that liquor is also something that allows people to live longer. When it comes to two categories – abstainers and heavy drinkers – we are talking about people who are leading their bodies toward heart attacks and strokes. BUT, a moderate drinker of alcoholic beverages (wine, beer and distilled spirits) is far less likely to suffer heart attacks, diabetes, arthritis, enlarged prostate, dementia, and several major cancers. This is not a new concept, by the way. This is something that even doctors will tell you, considering that alcoholic beverages help with tension, stress and even the easing of nerve endings and muscle pain. As long as you don’t overdo it – this is a true health ‘pleaser.’
Believe it or not, the medicinal properties of alcohol are mentioned everywhere throughout history; many books from various communities (including the ‘Good Book’) talk about alcohol and how it cures. As early as the turn of the century there was evidence that moderate, controlled consumption decreased the risk of heart attack, not to mention huge evidence of other health benefits when it came to adding ‘a drink’ to daily life.
Reviews, studies, reports – a great many things show a strong relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and the reduction in cardiovascular disease and coronary artery disease. Even the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has reported that moderate drinkers have the greatest longevity. But they’re not the only ones who report this. Health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption have existed since one of the earliest scientific studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which appeared in 1904. And the World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Committee on Cardiovascular Disease also weighed in by saying that “the relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and reduced death from heart disease can no longer be doubted.”
So…when the New Year comes along and the wine is flowing and the friends are smiling, what exactly is the best drink to add to the diet that will improve cardiovascular function and, perhaps, save you from heart disease?
There are no ‘set’ rules when it comes to the various alcohol categories, but the total calorie count has to be taken into consideration. Say you add one drink per day to your diet – perhaps in the evening after the hard, fast job has come to an end and it is time to relax and do something for yourself! Generally speaking, a serving of wine has fewer calories than a serving of beer, which in turn has fewer calories than a serving of mixed drinks. Beer, as everyone knows, contains a great deal of carbs – while most wines and liquors are low-carb categories. If you want to make the choice as simple as possible, go with a nice glass of wine or liquor. When we speak about liquor, however, we are NOT speaking about mixed drinks. In fact, doctor’s point out that when it comes to mixed drinks: “It is the mixers, syrups, and sodas that get people into calorie trouble, because most drinks start with 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits that only have around 96 calories, but mixologists turn that into a beverage with hundreds of calories when special things are added.”
If calories are a concern, pick a drink that is served ‘neat’ and skip the extras completely. (A 1.5-ounce serving of vodka, gin, whiskey, etc., is roughly one hundred calories, which is online with a five-ounce serving of wine. Beer, of course, can cost you a little. Light beer can range from 90-100 calories per 12-ounce serving, whereas a regular beer is around 300 calories, which is a great deal to take in (even though this is still the number one choice for consumers.)
In essence, a glass of wine can provide you with all the health benefits you’re looking for, and when drinking liquor, just make sure it’s all by itself to give you better health. But if mixed drinks are your ‘choice,’ just make sure that you use mixers that are diet tonics, sodas and/or juices to keep them healthy. There’s always compromise when it comes to healthy/dietary foods, so drink is no different.
If you find yourself at that holiday party, just remember to have your drink then, perhaps, switch to a different, non-alcoholic drink, such as sparkling water with a squeeze of lime. This way, you can feel refreshed and not have to worry about any ‘battle of the bulge’ from over-consumption. If self-control is an issue (as it is most times with delicious foods), simply go for the lower-calorie and often more bland drinks. That way, cutting yourself off will be absolutely no problem whatsoever.
In the end, enjoy and celebrate the New Year – AND also work at least one glass of wine (if possible) into the diet so that you can save your heart the stress and tension it receives from the everyday hectic life. But, above all, turn to BetterWayHealth.com in the New Year and get the advice, friendship and help YOU need to live a healthier life!