Hangovers / Alcohol pro & con

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Does a drink a day keep the doctor away?
Surprisingly, especially in older persons, moderate alcohol consumption (a maximum of 1 drink per day for women and 2 for men–details), seems to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, dementia and gallstones. And that is any drink, not just red wine (see the “Last Week” section below). But how? Improvements in cholesterol balance, insulin sensitivity and appetite may be partly responsible. But perhaps the alcohol-induced relaxation also offsets the damaging effects of the stress hormone, cortisol. Very low doses of alcohol help us sleep, but slightly higher amounts degrade the quality of sleep. As I point out in my book, alcohol is anti-bacterial and so it reduces the likelihood of infection with the ulcer, gastritis and acid reflux causing bacteria h. Pylori. Are folks who are moderate drinkers also moderate about a lot of other things that affect health?

It is less clear that the alcohol risk/benefit ratio works the same way in younger persons. Of course, at any age, an alcohol binge can result in alcohol poisoning and fatal lapses in good judgment. Going over the “moderate” limit on a regular basis is a cancer risk especially for women and depletes the body of essential nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin B1 – that alone could account for a lot of the long term side effects. Everyone knows that alcoholics should never drink because they risk liver disease, job loss and divorce. Not so well known are that alcoholics also have increased risk of heart disease, cancer, depression, dementia, etc. According to the Centers for Disease control, excess alcohol is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US. (Note: they are not including prescription drug side effects which are a much larger total.)
Hang over be gone
It is party time. Fun, fun, fun. But, why waste the precious day after with a headache, stomach upset, fatigue, etc.? These tips might help:

The most sure fire protection. Well, duh…don’t drink alcohol. Having a New Year’s party? For toasting make festive Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider available for abstainers and pregnant women.
Tricks to pace yourself. Alcohol is absorbed almost instantly and because it is a good solvent, it very quickly affects all parts of the body, especially the brain. Since it takes the liver 1-2 hours to properly process one drink, slowing the alcohol absorption down with food in your stomach is quite helpful. Alternating alcoholic beverages with other beverages gives the liver a fighting chance to keep up. (A martini glass of water looks just like a martini!) Alternating seems easier than just trying to drink slowly, especially if the snacks are salty. For goodness sake, don’t let someone else keep your glass full because it is too easy to lose track.
Sidestep side effects. Sugary drinks seem to make matters worse, so consider sticking with non-sweet choices. That alternating trick in #2 above offers the added advantage of reducing dehydration which is a major cause of feeling horrid the next morning.
Take a remedy before you go to bed. In the morning you will be amazed at how much better you feel. (The glass of water that goes with each of these remedies is added help.)

RU-21. I know about this product because friends of mine in California own the company. The formula was created by the Russian Academy of Sciences to help spies keep their heads straight while drinking. In addition to nutrients that replace those lost due to the alcohol and antioxidants to help with the free radical damage, it also contains succinic acid. That is a fascinating substance (also found in the menopause/weight loss product Amberen) that improves cellular communication.

Oxylent vitamin/mineral effervescent powder is a great daily multiple vitamin/mineral that you may well have in the house already.

    Emergen-C is not nearly as good for regular use as Oxylent, but is more widely available.

5.  “Hair off the dog that bit you” theory. Drinking in the morning (e.g. Mimosas or Bloody Marys) simply delays the evitable by making you slightly drunk again so you don’t know how bad you feel.

6. Drinking and driving. Is there a worse idea? Even an outrageously high cab fare might be the best investment you ever make.
Last Week
LINK to Archive. Nutrition expert and author, Bill Sardi, focused on Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in persons over age 55. Resveratrol and other red wine molecules have been credited with many amazing whole body health benefits, but as far as I know, only the product Longevinex has reversed Macular Degeneration (usually considered incurable). We also discussed a huge controversy generated after network TV covered that Longevinex news. Bill Sardi formulated Longevinex with the exact safe dose of high quality resveratrol and other balancing nutrients. (FYI Longevinex is offering some very motivating year-end deals on quantities. NO, I’m not on commission for that or any product I mentioned in this newsletter. I just happen to love Longevinex.)

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My first book : Natural Alternatives to Nexium, Maalox, Tagamet, Prilosec & Other Acid Blockers. Subtitle: What to Use to Relieve Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and Gastric Ailments.

My latest book: Aloe Vera-Modern Science Sheds Light on an Ancient Herbal Remedy

The information contained in this newsletter has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The contents are for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

Copyright 2012 Martie Whittekin, CCN

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