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Science Says People Who Drink Champagne Are Healthier And Have Better Memory

Science Says People Who Drink Champagne Are Healthier And Have Better Memory

Champagne has been very popularly associated with celebrations and as Charles Dickens rightly said, “Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life.” This bottle of sparkly wine gets a call for in every moment of life, joyous and sad. But this “taste of star” can offer much more than just livening up special occasions.

We have already come to know some benefits of drinking champagne in the past, giving us all the more reasons to raise a glass. Champagne contains less calories compared to most of the other alcoholic beverages. It’s actually healthy for your heart, much like a glass of wine is. It’s also known to boost your mood. But now, research has found a whole new facet of champagne’s benefits.

Champagne can help keep your memory in tact.

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    Recent research

    at the University of Reading has shown that, when it comes to champagne, one to three glasses a week may counteract memory loss linked with aging and protect the brain from degenerative brain disorders such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

    The research found that the phenolic compounds present in champagne favorably altered a number of proteins associated with storage of memory in the brain. With age, many of these proteins are known to deplete, thus making memory storage less efficient.

    The red grapes, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, used in the Champagne along with the white grape, Chardonnay, contain high level of phenolic compounds, as highlighted by the research.

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    Champagne can reduce symptoms of brain aging.

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      The compounds help slow the losses of such proteins and prevent cognitive losses arising out of brain aging. The grapes that deserve all the credit for helping the champagne to prevent brain diseases and memory loss, are required by law to be grown in designated plots.

      Professor Jeremy Spencer of the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading said, “These interesting results demonstrate for the first time that the moderate intake of champagne is very likely to influence cognitive operative, such as memory. Such observations have before been stated with red wine, due to the actions of flavonoids present within it.”

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      Champagne is beneficial for your health—as long as it’s consumed in moderation.
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        Professor Spencer further emphasized that the findings of the research suggested a moderate or low intake of one to two glasses a week. This was in tune with the researchers’ intention to encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, according to him.

        The research was conducted on animals and its results have not yet been confirmed on humans. Dr. David Vauzour, a researcher on this study however predicts that as the results have been verified with other polyphenol-rich foods, such as blueberry and cocoa, moderate champagne intake should also bring similar outcomes.

        Several health benefits of controlled champagne drinking were also highlighted in a previous research report released at the University of Reading. That research however, suggested two glasses of champagne a day to be good for heart and blood circulation. The researchers found that drinking champagne daily in moderate amounts caused improvements in the way blood vessels function.

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        The findings from the two research works are, however, different, but it is interesting to observe that there are certainly some health benefits of moderate champagne intake, as both these research reports highlight.

        Champagne’s minerals are thought to be what make it so healthy.

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          Interestingly, Mireille Guiliano, author of the best-seller “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” also agrees to the remarkable health benefits of champagne and believes that champagne’s health benefits primarily owe to its trace minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, and lithium (a natural mood regulator).

          Unlike F. Scott Fitzgerald’s statement on his love for champagne i.e. “Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right,” it certainly requires that we consider the findings of the research discussed above. A very vital thing to notice in the findings is that it might have validated the intake of champagne but it does so only in a moderate amount. Therefore, when the champagne is symbolized with “Good Life,” it means so with all due care to one’s health and also the happiness of others.

          Featured photo credit: Dasha Petrenko via shutterstock.com

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          Last Updated on October 16, 2018

          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

          It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

          If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

          One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

          Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

          In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

          Why you can’t sleep through the night

          The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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          Stress

          If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

          Exposure to blue light before sleep time

          We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

          While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

          Eating close to bedtime

          Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

          Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

          Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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          Medical conditions

          In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

          The vicious sleep cycle

          The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

          Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

          You get a bad night’s sleep
          –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
          –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
          –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

            You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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            How to sleep better (throughout the night)

            To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

            1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

            What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

            Here are a few suggestions:

            • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
            • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
            • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
            • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
            • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

            2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

            What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

            • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
            • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
            • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
            • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

            3. Adjust your sleep temperature

            Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

            Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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            Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

            Sleep better form now on

            Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

            I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

            As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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