Tips For A Week Sans Meat

 

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There are certain truisms about Americans that can be safely said. 1) America loves its animals. 2) American loves its food. 3) America values its health. Therein lies the problem. Try as some may, it does not seem like anyone has successfully produced a satisfying substitute for red meat. No matter how politically correct we become, man does not seem to have evolved beyond his primal craving for bloody red meat. Unfortunately, this is very much at odds with the animal lover and the health conscious among us. Recent studies have shown that the average American eats one hamburger a week. It seems that Americans are trying to find some sort of compromise between the urge to submit to our neanderthal cravings and the warnings of possible consequences to our health and our four legged friends. Maybe all of us should try to go for a week without eating meat and look at the possible results.

Losing Weight
Whenever we cut something out of our diet, there is the possibility of weight loss. However, swapping higher calorie meat for fruits and veggies will result in the shedding of pounds, whether that is your goal or not. Dr. Neal Barnard of George Washington School of Medicine reveals that a week without neat will average a net weight loss of 7.5 pounds.

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Healthy Gut Bacteria
Liz Applegate, Ph.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of California says the carbohydrates in plant proteins and food can change the bacterial profile of the intestines. By swapping meat carbs for plant-based carbs, researchers believe, you will increase a number of healthy bacteria in the gut. As your intestinal tract adapts to your new diet, you may feel bloated or gassy, but as you wait for these symptoms to disappear, remember that Applegate says,” Plant-based diets have been shown to lower the risk for various chronic diseases along with waist size.”

Lower Risk for Heart Disease
Studies show that death from heart disease is 24% lower in vegetarians than meat eaters. This may be due to less inflammation, as plant based foods have anti-inflammatory properties.

Loss of Taste
Zinc, found often in red meat and oysters, is crucial for your senses of taste and hearing. A study from the Institute of Health Bioscience at the University of Tokushima in Japan found that taste impairment may be due to improper absorption of zinc. Joan Salge Blake, RD, clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University advises that plant eaters may need 50% more zinc than their meat-eating counterparts. Impairment may be due to improper absorption of zinc. Although vegetarians consume nuts, whole grains and beans, all zinc rich sources,the phytic acid found in seeds, whole grains, beans and legumes can actually get in the way of absorption of the mineral. Vegetarians may want to up their zinc intake form the RDA of 8mgs to 12mgs.

Slower Muscle Recovery
Protein is necessary for muscle building. While plant protein will do the trick, it may take a little longer to get to work. Health experts advise drinking a post workout protein smoothie since the body absorbs liquids better than solids. Try a smoothie with Greek yogurt or Trader Joe’s peanut butter, which has flax and chia seeds mixed in.

Is life livable without meat? We would love to hear about how your meatless week turned out. Please let us know how you managed to avoid the “In and Out” cravings.

Avoiding Eczema Flare Ups

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In the book, “We Need To Talk About Kevin” by Lionel Shriver, one of the many diabolical acts Kevin, the narrator’s evil son, undertakes is encouraging a young girl, Violetta, to viciously gouge her eczema inflicted skin after years of strict abstinence. In the book, Shriver gives one of the most vivid and haunting descriptions of the condition, writing that it, “itches like fury.” She describes little Violetta clutching her anti- itch ointment, although, “those antipruritics are only so effective anther self-control was impressive. She’d trace a fingernail tantalizingly over her arm and they grasp the offending hand with the other as if putting it on a leash.”
Shriver may or may not have ever known the experience of eczema, but, she surely puts it into perspective for those of us who haven’t. Eczema is a condition causing red, swollen and itchy patches of skin. There are many things in the environment that can trigger eczema and recognize and avoid them are key in keeping flare ups to a minimum.

The Cold
Cold weather is no friend to eczema sufferers. Low temperatures cause the skin to become dry and prone to breakouts. Be sure to have moisturizing ointments handy in the winter and use a humidifier to combat dry air indoors. Try to keep humidity levels between 45 and 55 percent.

Clothing
Synthetics, wool, and rough materials have been known to trigger eczema. Loose- fitting cotton is preferable. Always wash clothes before wearing them to get rid of excess dye and irritants and cut out tags.

Detergent
Try to use a pH neutral, fragrance-free detergent and use the double rinse cycle to make sure you get all of the soap out of your clothes. Look for natural household cleansers and wear rubber gloves when cleaning.

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Dust Mites
Dust mites can trigger eczema flare-ups, particularly in small children. Made sure you get rid of dust magnets in your child’s room, like carpeting, rugs, and blinds. Wash sheets and curtains in hot water once a week and keep the room clean.

Stress
While it can never be totally avoided, excess stress may be eliminated with yoga and deep breathing. Relaxation will help to send your eczema plan in the right direction.

Food Allergies
For those who suffer from atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, food allergies can trigger to the appearance of symptoms. Food allergies can be diagnosed with skin pricks and blood tests, however, the only way to know if your food is really the trigger is to have the doctor witness what happens after you eat the food, not a very enticing prospect. You must take the food challenge to know for sure.

Cosmetics
If you are a makeup maven who has eczema, finding the right products can be a challenge. Try to avoid products with alcohol, lanolin, preservatives and perfume. Keep in mind the “unscented” label does not necessarily mean there is no fragrance; the fragrance may just be masked. “Fragrance-free” is a better guarantee, choose products with this on the label instead. Also, always test out a new cosmetic on a small patch of skin before deciding whether or not it is for you.

Pets
Unfortunately, Skippy and Fluffy may have to sleep outside for a while and they better keep off the furniture. Vacuuming can help keep down pet dander, a leading eczema trigger, as can regular grooming and bathing of pets.

You Skin’s Reaction To Synthetic and Natural Fibers

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“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” This was the quote that Neil Armstrong used t describe his historic first walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. However, Lyndon Johnson’s quote may have been a bit hastily declared. Johnson may not have had the foresight to realize that the fact that the astronaut’s lunar spacesuit was made of multi layers of synthetic fibers and that the flag he painted on the moon was rayon might have consequences in later years.
For many years, clothing was made of natural fabrics, however, these fabrics presented problems. Cotton wrinkled easily, silk was difficult to care for, and wool shrank and got eaten by moths. When synthetic clothing first appeared, it began a “wash and wear” revolution of endless possibilities. However, the degree to which these clothes simplified and improved our lives came at a cost. These fabrics were made largely of harmful chemicals.
Among the many detriments of synthetic clothing is their effect on our skin.

Textile Contact Dermatitis
Skin problems caused by fabrics in contact with the skin is called a textile contact, or clothing, dermatitis, It can be caused by the fabric itself, but more often it is caused by an allergy in the chemical additives in the fabric.
Most commonly, these reactions are caused by dyes, tanning agents. resins and glues used in the making of the clothing. The fabric additives most likely to cause clothing dermatitis are:

  • Formaldehyde resins used to make clothes resistant to wrinkles
  • Para-phenylenediamine (PPD) used in fur dyes
  • Flame retardants (tris(2,3-dibromopropyl)phosphate9130 and 2,3-dibromocresylglycidyl ether)

Clothing may also contain cobalt, latex, chrome and rubber accelerators which can also be sources of allures and elastic and metallic fasteners and stud fasteners can cause nickel dermatitis. (Watch those blue jeans!)

Symptoms
Sufferers of textile contact may experience redness, itchiness, and scaliness on the backs of knees, groin area, crooks of the arm and buttocks. Conditions tend to exacerbate in humid environments in which sweat can make contact with fabric more intense. At times, the friction between skin and clothing can lead to a condition called intertrigo and sometimes the rash can become infected with yeast and bacteria.

Who Is Most Likely to Suffer from Contact Dermatitis?
Because females tend to wear more colorful and tighter clothing, clothing dermatitis is more common in women than men. People with sensitive skin have a greater risk of contracting the condition, as are obese individuals and those that work in humid places, such as restaurants, bakeries, and laundries. Workers in the textile industry are also at higher risk.

How to Avoid Textile Contact Dermatitis

  • Wear clothes made of natural fibers
  • Wear light colored clothes, as these are likely to have less dye
  • Wear loose clothing, especially in hot and humid conditions
  • Avoid clothes labeled “dirt repellant” or “noniron” as these features are likely to have been made possible by chemicals
  • Avoid clothes labeled “wash separately”, as dyes from these products are likely to bleed.

Treatment
Textile contact dermatitis should clear up as soon as contact with the fabric is discontinued. Topical steroids, like hydrocortisone and over the counter creams can help to stop swelling, itching, and redness.

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Foods That Fight Pallor

Your mother falls you the color of your face looks strange. You concur. Lately, you have been noticing a lack of brightness in your eyes and you think your co-workers may have looked a bit alarmed the other day. You’ve heard of heroin chic, but this is a bit extreme. And it isn’t even the wan look that bothers you most. Your energy is low and you find it a struggle to get out of bed in the mornings, even though you slept like a rock. You have no fever or cold symptoms, but you can’t ignore what your body is telling you. What could this be the cause?

Paleness occurs when there a decreased number of red blood cells in the body result in the lightening the skin tone. Anemia is one of the most common causes of paleness, occurring when the body fails to produce an adequate number of red blood cells. Other causes of pallor include lack of sunlight, exposure to the cold, low blood pressure, blockage of an artery, and low blood sugar. One of the best ways to treat pallor is with foods rich in B-12, iron, and folate. Women between the ages of 19-50 should get 18 milligrams of iron per day and 27 mg if they are pregnant. Here are some great sources.

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Oysters
If you never had them before, here’s the time to try. ( It has been said oysters have other benefits as well.) Mussels, clams, and oysters some of the best sources of iron, zinc, and B12, delivering 3-5 mg of iron per one medium oyster. So, load up at the seafood bar!

Liver
Organ meat, not your thing? Well, you may want to think about changing that. Beef liver is among the best sources of heme iron, or iron from an animal source, weighing in at a whopping 5mgs per slice. If that’s a bit heavy for you, pork liver has, even more, iron and is leaner and higher in vitamin C. Still not doing it for you? Egg yolks and red meat are also animal proteins which contain iron.

Spinach
You would never catch Popeye suffering from weakness and a pale complexion! That’s because he always has plenty of raw and cooked spinach on hand. Spinach is a non-heme source of iron and also offers fiber. protein and calcium. Just one cup is good for 6 mg of iron. Mix it into an omelet, or veggie lasagna!

Beans
They don’t get their reputation as magical fruit for no reason. These babies can contain up to 7 mg of protein per cup. For the best absorption of they non-heme iron, combine them with foods that are high in vitamin C like cauliflower, bell pepper, and broccoli.

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Fortified Cereal
Need a good excuse for eating your Wheaties? Check for cereal’s nutritional label for the iron content per serving. If yours offers 90 to 100 percent of the recommended value, theyyy’rrre gggrrreeaaatt!!!!

Be sure to get both plant and nonplant based (heme and non-heme) iron sources for best results. avoid coffee, tea and calcium rich food to improve absorption of iron. If food sources are not supplying enough iron, you may want to consider a supplement.

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Do You Need A Prebiotic Or Probiotic?

woman enjoying frozen yogurt

You may have noticed a backlash against yogurt on social media. It seems that people can’t get enough of the fact that yogurt is labeled as having “live active cultures.” One video called, “My Yogurt is Alive!’ even goes so far as to suggest that yogurt is eating you from the inside, which is why it makes you lose weight. Well, funny as that concept may seem, there is nothing diabolical in your yogurt, but there are living organisms in it. But, before you go off your froyo completely, it is important to know that these are good organisms, organisms that help your body’s digestion. These are called probiotics.

You may also have heard the term “prebiotics” and thought this was merely probiotics with a type or some kind of tomato/ tomahato kind of thing. Probiotics and prebiotics are related, but they are not the same.

What’s the Difference Between Prebiotics and Probiotics?
Found in fermented foods, probiotics make their home along the digestive tract with other good bacteria colonies. People consume them to help with an imbalance of bacteria in the gut caused by pollutants, food, illness and stress. Prebiotics are not alive. They are the food of probiotics and help probiotics to do their job. They are found in fiber rich foods and, besides assisting probiotics, have beneficial qualities of their own.

Benefits of Prebiotics
Prebiotics are known to help with the absorption of vitamins and minerals,and are good for laxation, metabolism, the immune system and are known to encourage healthy blood sugar. While they are generally beneficial to health, some research shows that they can upset the symptoms of people with gastrointestinal illnesses , like irritable bowel syndrome.

Benefits of Probiotics
Probiotics are known for their support of digestion and intestinal health. The bacteria are also known to be impactful in the stages of early childhood. They have been prescribed for intestinal problems and inflammatory bowel diseases. Probiotics have also been used to treat sufferers of oral and periodontal disease and are also sometimes taken in tandem with antibiotics to balance the effects.

Recent studies suggest that probiotics can help to restrain the mechanisms that cause sensitivity to allergens and autoimmune disease, positively affecting the ability to breathe. They have also been determined to assist in the promotion of regulated bowel movements.
Studies done on animals show that probiotics also increase serotonin levels, which occur, surprisingly, in the gut, and prevent anxiety and decline of cognition.

Where Can I Find Them?
Prebiotic and probiotic are both found in yogurt. Prebiotics are also in dandelion greens, garlic, asparagus, chicory root, beans, and oats. Probiotics are found in kefir, miso, tempeh, sauerkraut and pickled veggies.

Bottom Line? Do not fear the yogurt! There are plenty of bacteria swimming around your body already, so why not give them some company? Eat your probiotics and prebiotics and let us know how they help you.

The Best Time of the Day To Enjoy Citrus Fruit

woman with citrus fruits Let’s face it, grapefruit has never  really gotten a fair shake.   People have long associated grapefruit with breakfast, health, and dieting, all good things, mind you, but not the most likely to cause jaw-dropping reactions.  It never really had the sex appeal of the banana or the quiet dignity of the apple.  Whatever new diet came out, all of them seemed to recommend a half grapefruit in the morning, and, if the diet was more lenient, it might include a piece of dry toast.  It began to seem like a grapefruit was the destiny of the dieter, and eating it every morning symbolized some kind of unusual, almost sacrificial stoicism; much like Sylvester Stallone fearlessly downing a raw egg in Rocky. The truth is, there is a reason that grapefruit has outlasted so many other dieting fads.  Because it works!  In fact, not only is grapefruit a great weight loss aid because of its ability to burn fat and charge metabolism, it is also great for your liver, kidneys and for cancer prevention. It’s high time to sing the praises of the grapefruit,

So, why just for breakfast?  Grapefruit and all citrus fruit are great for you all the time. In fact, it is recommended that you eat oranges 2-4 times a day for reducing cholesterol and preventing kidney stones and colon cancer, and most of us only eat benefit from them in the morning glass of OJ.  Why limit yourself?

The Best Time to Eat Citrus

On An Empty Stomach

The breakfast idea is not without validity.  The best time to eat citrus is  indeed between meals and on an empty stomach.  This is the time when digestion occurs most quickly, which allows the body time to break down  and fully absorb the simple sugars in the fruit.  This also gives the body optimal time to process the nutrients.

Before or After a Workout

Sugars in fruits are a great source of energy for this about to work out , as well as for those whose energy levels have just been depleted.

Worst Time to Eat Citrus

Before Bed

Any fruit  before bedtime causes blood sugar levels to jump and makes it difficult to fall asleep.  Try to eat them at least 3 hours prior.

Incorporating More Citrus Into Your Diet

Always keep oranges handy.  Keep some in a fruit bowl to satisfy a craving.  If you have kids around, tangerines and clementines (cuties) are a great idea because they are sweet and peel easily.

For an exotic treat, top grapefruit slices with brown sugar and put them in the oven to broil.

Add some sliced oranges to a salad for some extra color and taste.

Squeeze lemon and lime into water.

Throw some orange slices in a baggy or Tupperware container and bring it to lunch for a midday refresher.

Make orange juice popsicles or cups by freezing them in molds for a treat on hot days.

Citrus Fruits: not just for breakfast anymore!  Plus, most citrus fruits are available summer and winter and are one of the most inexpensive fruits in the produce department.  So, now that you’re in the know, go out and citrus up!

Tips For Boosting Your Skin’s Hydration

woman applying lotion to dry hands Alas, summer is over and you have to go back. Back to school, back to reality, back to sobriety, back to normalcy. But, there is a problem, and it’s not just the imminent decline of your social life; it’s your skin. While you may have been enjoying all those nights of endless cocktails and no sleep, your skin is singing a different tune; the tune of dehydration, and it won’t be ignored. How will you get your skin back into shape after a punishing partying regimen? Have no fear! There are solutions.

What Won’t Work- Water

Surprised? H2O is great for you. It helps keep your body temperature regular, helps you digest, it’s good for your brain and keeps your energy up. What’s it not good for? Your skin. Katie Rodan, a dermatologist and author of “Write Your Skin a Prescription for A Change” says, “(Water) doesn’t go straight to the skin. It goes through the intestines, gets absorbed by your blood stream and is filtered by your kidneys. Then it hydrates cells.” After doing all that , your skin is not the main benefactor.

What Will Work

1. Limit Exposure To Elements

Whether your skin type is oily or dry, your moisture level will go up and down depending on what your skin is exposed to. Elements that harm the moisture barrier of your skin include dry heat, low humidity. alcohol( guess you knew that), long baths, stripping soaps, the sun and high altitudes.

2.Eating Right

Diet can play a major role in your skin’s moisture level. Foods containing essential fatty acids help skin stay hydrated. These include flax seed, salmon, walnuts and olive oil. A study conducted by the Institute of Experimental Dermatology in Germany revealed that women who took 2.2 grams of flax seeds for 12 weeks reported a decrease in roughness of the skin and an increase in hydration.

3. Moisturizer

The quickest way to raise the moisture level in the skin is by applying an effective moisturizer twice a day. Look for ingredients including emollient ceramides, stearic acid, and cholesterol. Rodan assures,” A quarter size dollop of lotion will do much more for your skin than drinking a glass of water.”

4. Use A Humidifier

Heating and air conditioning are both surefire ways to dry out skin. Humidifiers help to regulate temperature and keep your skin supple. They will also promote better sleep and will help you to breathe better.

5.Try a Natural Honey Mask

Known not only for its hydrating properties, honey will also fight infection and irritation, Apply it topically to dry skin, let it sit for about 5 minutes and wash it off. If you repeat this daily, you should see a significant change in your skin. woman applying natural honey mask to her face

Don’t worry, party animal, this should have you looking gorgeous again in no time. Just get rest and do some pampering and get back to it!

Up Your Metabolism Of Fats and Proteins

We all know one of these people. He or she buys a box of powdered donuts for breakfast and washes them down with a regular (not diet) coke. Lunch is an individual pepperoni pizza dripping with whole milk cheese and oil. Later in the day, you see him/her carelessly walking down the street casually sipping from a tall vanilla frappuccino with whipped cream. And this person is thin(ner than you). What’s going on? Is this person have some superhuman exercise regimen, or does he/she just have a fast metabolism?

If you are not one of us who fits this description, join the club. If you are one of these people, this is your heaven and you are going straight to hell after this. If you are one of the less fortunate, you may never be able to accomplish the gastronomic feats of the unfairly advantaged, but there are some ways to increase metabolism of fats and proteins, which are integral to a healthy diet, but not so easy for the body to burn.

1. Eat Breakfast

Never underestimate the power of a good breakfast. Eating a meal as soon as you wake up gets your metabolism working early. Otherwise, it will stay sluggish until lunchtime.

2.Eat fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables contain digestive enzymes to help your body break down food. Green vegetables are especially helpful because they contain chlorophyll which helps to get rid of bodily toxins.

3. Drink Coffee

Caffeine is not only good at waking your brain it also revs your metabolism. Although experts advise a three cup limit, coffee, in moderation, can be a great tool in accelerating weight loss. Green tea will give you the benefits of caffeine along with providing powerful antioxidants.

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4. Take Vitamin B

In addition to supporting nervous system function, vitamin B can help metabolize fats, carbs, and protein.

5.Do HIIT

High-intensity interval training is the new way to work out. It consists of a few seconds of high-intensity exercise followed by a few minutes of lower intensity exercise done repeatedly in a short time period. It is known to burn fat more quickly than longer periods of slower exercise. Obi Obadike, otherwise known as ” The World’s Most Ripped Fitness Model,” recommends doing the routine on an empty stomach, but to be sure to keep your sessions down to 25 minutes due to the intensity.

6. No Alchohol

Because the body processes alcohol before it processes fat, it makes it more likely that the calories from food will be stored as fat. In addition, studies show that if you drink, you’re likely to eat more-200 calories more! Add that to the calories in the alcohol and it’s enough to go cold turkey. However, if you don’t feel quite ready for that, go for wine which typically contains 70-80 calories in one glass.

7. Sleep

Studies from the University of Chicago concluded that less than four hours of sleep per night will lead to trouble breaking down carbs. A tired body equals a tired metabolism.

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8. Increase Muscle Mass

Muscle can burn nine times the calories of fat, even when you’re resting. Weight training done regularly is capable of boosting your metabolic rate by 10%. That means that a person who lifts weights can burn about 100 calories sitting still.

Tasty Accompaniments For Caviar

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Those of you who were avid watchers of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, a 1990’s reality show precursor, ” may remember host Robin Leach’s signature sign-off ,”champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” Very appropriate, as many of us consider caviar to be the dish most closely associated with the moneyed class. Marilyn Monroe named caviar as her favorite food and Elizabeth Taylor used it as a skin cream. Indeed, Beluga caviar is among the most expensive dishes in the world, with prices ranging as high as $200-$300 per ounce.

Why Are Fish Eggs so Expensive?

The role that eventually becomes beluga caviar comes from the beluga sturgeon, found in the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and it takes two decades for the female sturgeon to reach its maximum size when it is bursting with eggs and weighing in at around two tons. The beluga sturgeon is also an endangered species. The only country that is still able to import beluga caviar is Iran because it is the only country whose conservation policies are considered rigid enough to adequately protect the fish. Other varieties of caviar include osetra, sevruga, and starlet, but the beluga is the most desirable and expensive because its role consists of the largest and softest eggs.

Serving Caviar

Keep caviar unopened in the fridge until ready to serve. Remove it from the fridge 15 minutes to an hour before your plan to serve it. Use a bone, gold plated, mother of pearl or plastic spoon to serve. Never use silver or stainless steel. Caviar should be eaten within one hour after being open.

The best alcoholic complements to alcohol? There are no rules written in stone, but the consensus of opinion dictates that chilled vodka, dry sparkling wine, white wine and dry champagne work best.

Classic Caviar Plate

Place caviar into a decorative caviar bowl with ice to keep cold. Surround it with small bowls of chopped egg yolks and egg whites (separated), red onion, lemon wedges , chives, creme fraiche or sour cream and toast points. Blini and latkes are also popular caviar conveyors.

Getting Creative With Caviar

if you have a huge budget and want to throw the party that they will be talking about around the water cooler for ages, you may want to consider the following. Wolfgang Puck does a mean Smoked Salmon Pizza with Caviar. You can pair your caviar with smoked salmon, and artichoke hearts, or add them to your pea soup. Make a caviar-topped Russian egg, or, perhaps most creatively, use caviar and creme fraiche to top potato chips.

Accessories

If you want to look like a real caviar connoisseur, there a loads of caviar accessories available for purchase. Mother of pearl spoons and dishes are available in an assortment of sizes and are both elegant and beautiful. If you prefer your caviar experience al fresco, you can purchase picnic bags and coolers designed for transporting the fish eggs ,and if you’d like to show your allegiance to caviar, golf balls, and baby bibs are also available.

Your Daily Red

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Is there anything behind the belief that the type of alcohol you choose is indicative of your personality?  Drinking wine is often referred to as the way classy people get wasted.  It is the so-called “pedigree” of alcohols.

Maybe  you just don’t think you’re the “wine type.”  You don’t know anything about Hemingway or Beckett. Your pjs are made of flannel, not silk. You don’t own a variety of good cheeses and you’re not fluent in French. You still pepper your speech with the word “like.” Maybe you’re more the green tea type, or the beer type, or even just the milk and cookies type.  Definitely not the wine type.

However, in recent years, there is a new characteristic assigned to wine drinkers, and that is ‘healthy’.  So, if you consider yourself the “healthy type,”  a nightly glass of wine may not be such an unthinkable option for you.  Perhaps, if you have a look at the benefits of wine you will revise your opinion.

Good for Your Memory
Research shows that women in their 70s who drank wine every day scored better on memory tests than those who did not.  Wine reduces the inflammation of blood vessels and prevents blood clots linked to heart problems and loss of cognitive skills.  Red wine and alcohol, in general, can also help unclog arteries by raising good cholesterol.

Good for Your Waistline
If you drink wine daily, there is a chance you have lower abdominal fat and a slimmer waist than liquor drinkers and a body mass lower than those who drink wine less regularly, studies say.  Alcohol has been credited with the ability to keep your body burning calories for 90 minutes after drinking a glass.

Good for your Immune System
A British study showed that people who drank a glass of wine daily reduced their risk of contracting a bacteria that causes gastritis, stomach cancer, and ulcers by 11%.  A Spanish study found that a half a glass can present food poisoning, like salmonella.

Good for Your Ovaries
Australian research found that the daily glass of vino can lower the risk of ovarian cancer by 50%.  Scientists credit the antioxidants in the wine the ability to prevent cancer. A separate study done by the University of Michigan, found a red wine compound was able to kill cells from ovarian cancer when combined in a test tube.

Good for Your Bones
Wine has been shown to increase bone mass in female wine drinkers by boosting estrogen levels and slowing the deterioration of bones.

Good for Your Blood Sugar Level
Results of a study conducted by Harvard Medical School, women who drink a glass of red each day are 40% less likely to develop type two diabetes than those who don’t.  Researchers hypothesize that this is a result of wine’s ability to reduce resistance to insulin.

Thinking about changing your type?  Don’t worry.  There is no proven link between drinking a glass of wine daily and the ability to look more beautiful. (Not as of yet, at least.)  However, some of the other side effects have been supported and seem much more attractive.  It can be your little secret.