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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Step #4: Alcohol - it's not ALL bad?

Alcohol consumption is a matter of personal choice. My choice? I really enjoy a good quality wine, especially when studies show that drinking wine can have health benefits. 

Before we go any farther, I'd like to offer this caveat: Always keep safety in mind when consuming alcohol, so if you have a health condition or take medication that precludes you from drinking alcohol, then by all means, DON'T! 

For those who are able (and choose) to drink alcohol, though, you should educate yourself on the subject to make informed decisions about the type and amount of alcohol you consume.

It is true that you don't have to drink alcohol to live a long, healthy life, and some may even say you should avoid alcohol entirely to achieve longevity. The truth is, however, drinking alcohol in the right amounts and of the right quality won't prevent you from living a long, healthy life.

The key is to always use alcohol in moderation. It's pretty common knowledge that excess consumption of alcohol has both short-term and long-term negative effects on our overall health and well-being. While it may be pleasurable at the moment, indulging too much and too often can be problematic, to say the least. Aside from the immediately visible effects alcohol has on our behavior and physical senses, it also has unseen long-term systemic effects, such as liver disease and alcohol addiction.

Surprisingly, people living in most blue zones do drink some alcohol, especially wines. Just like the quality of the food they eat, the quality of the wine they consume meets very high standards. They also include fasting and conscientious alcohol abstinence periods in their healthy diets. Again, it all comes down to quality and moderation.

If you are going to drink wine, then I recommend you choose a bio-dynamic option. An excellent source for healthy wines is Dry Farm Wines. A dry farm means healthy for the environment. (Note: This is the wine I drink myself, and for the sake of full disclosure, I do get a very small commission if you purchase from Dry Farm Wines through this link. ;)

The healthiest wines should have these bio-dynamic characteristics:
  •     mold-free
  •     organic
  •     pesticide-free
  •     low alcohol
  •     low carb
  •     low sugars
  •     high flavanols
  •     high resveratrol
The most important considerations in your personal decision whether to consume alcohol are quality (the highest bio-dynamic types) and quantity (always in moderation). I'm not advising whether you should or shouldn't drink alcohol. I'm just saying that if you CAN drink alcohol, you can do so guilt free and still maintain a healthy lifestyle. Just choose wisely :)

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