Updated: Feb 5
“Wine taken in moderation never does any harm.”...Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The reality of this article is the best part about it. I’ve noticed that as my clients start to see results from training and taking care of their body, they also start to question their lifestyle habits. And the number one question I get when this happens is, “Can I have a glass of wine everyday and live a healthy lifestyle ?” The answer is yes, you absolutely can, however like most things, moderation is key.
Red wine in moderation has long been referred to as heart healthy. The antioxidants in red wine may help prevent coronary artery disease and prevent heat attacks.
The links between less heart attacks and red wine are not totally understood (it’s magic). It is said to be the antioxidants which increase the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “nice” cholesterol) and protect against cholesterol build up.
Resveratrol also known as “Red Wine Extract” is well-liked for its potential cardiovascular benefits. Resveratrol is rumored to be beneficial for atherosclerosis (the buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on the artery walls.) based on results from In Vitro studies. In numerous other studies the resveratrol displayed modest enhancements in blood flow as well.
How Much Wine Is Okay To Drink ?
Women and men have different wine drinking limits, as they are both affected by alcohol differently. Women are more likely to get tipsy faster than men because their bodies carry more water. Less alcohol is processed in their bodies before it enters the bloodstream, creating a higher sensitivity to alcohol. Experts say a good maximum amount of wine for women would be a 5 oz glass of wine, and for men two 5 oz glasses of wine everyday or several days a week. Even though it is deemed okay, I recommend skipping a day here and there if you’re an everyday wine consumer. Whatever your natural wine drinking pattern is I recommend scaling back every once in a while, if not for anything else, to prove to yourself you are not dependent on wine to relax or survive. When it comes to weight loss I like the one and done method. If weight is your concern, this is the statement you should follow:
“The first glass won’t make you gain weight, but the second one might.” ...Yours Truly
The World Heart Federation has said, “Any level of drinking can lead to loss of healthy life and has tried to disprove that a daily glass of wine may be good for you. I am no scientist and I am in no position to say that they are wrong. What I am in the position to do is speak from my own experience and analysis.
The discipline it takes to have one glass is a greater discipline than to have none in my experience. When you condition your brain to do what is difficult, no matter what the task, your brain becomes stronger and better equipped to handle life’s obstacles.
Others have claimed: “The portrayal of alcohol as necessary for a vibrant social life has diverted attention from the harms of alcohol use, as have frequent and widely publicized claims that moderate drinking, such as a glass of red wine a day, can offer protection against cardiovascular disease.
“These claims are at best misinformed and at worst an attempt by the alcohol industry to mislead the public about the danger of their product.”
It is clear there are many ways to look at this scenario. The scale starts from a place of Dalai Lama like cleanliness and tips the scale at overuse and abuse punishable by death.
Most of us fall in the middle somewhere and it is the responsibility of our friends, family and self interest to make sure we make the right decisions about alcohol consumption as it pertains to the individual. I vote moderation with occasional alcohol fasts. Drink responsibly. à votre santé xx
So who is this “moderation” everyone keeps telling me to drink with ?