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Research Finds Alcohol Lovers Live Longer

Research Finds Alcohol Lovers Live Longer

For many years alcohol’s effect on human health has been debated by everyone from scientists to moms’ groups everywhere defending their weekly (ok, daily) wine habit. We’ve all heard that too much alcohol can hurt and even kill you, but so can too much water and you don’t hear anyone telling you not drink it. So, is it ok to indulge in mild to moderate drinking as long as you’re not overdoing it?

Well, according to research, the answer is a resounding yes.  Not only is it okay to drink alcohol, it is actually encouraged. While those maintaining dry lifestyles may be living long and healthy lives, their alcohol loving counterparts are enjoying even longer ones.

Alcohol Helps Keep Your Heart Beating

Moderate alcohol consumption, especially of red wine, is good for your heart.  Most alcohol contains antioxidants which increase your levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. This is the “good” cholesterol that protects your arteries from damage and helps keep heart disease at bay.

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Though not an organization likely to promote the consumption of alcohol, The Research Society on Alcoholism even admits that drinking a healthy amount can be beneficial.  In a published review they stated that. “A considerable body of epidemiology associates moderate alcohol consumption with significantly reduced risks of coronary heart disease …. and cerebrovascular (ischemic) stroke.”

Moderate Drinking Improves Cognitive Function

It is almost jaw dropping to read all of the research that supports the fact that throwing back a shot of Jack can actually improve your mental function. The American Journal of Epidemiology outlines in their study, “Alcohol Consumption and Cognitive Function”, that people who regularly drink alcohol (at least one drink per week), were significantly less likely to suffer from poor cognitive function than those who did not drink alcohol on a regular basis.

Alcohol Makes You Prettier

Remember what it was like to suffer through teenage breakouts during adolescence?  No one wants to revisit those days of self-loathing and too much hairspray. By consuming a few glasses of your favorite wine each week, you can keep your skin clean and clear due the bacteria fighting antioxidant called resveratrol found in wine.

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Resveratrol inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause unsightly acne.  Drinking wine can, research shows, clear up your skin better than many of the over the counter face creams because let’s face it, a science lab has nothing on mother nature.

Alcohol Fights Stress

Perhaps the reason why we are drawn toward alcohol in the first place, is because of it’s undeniably efficient ability to reduce stress levels. There’s a reason why people reach for a glass of wine over dinner or head to the local happy hour after a long day in the office. Just one glass of alcohol can help calm the nerves by increasing circulation (and thus allowing more oxygen into the blood) and decreasing brain activity, which allows for a more tranquil mood.

Drinking Beer and Wine Builds Strong Bones

Yes, you read that right. Recent research has linked moderate drinking with increased bone density. While most people think that a big glass of milk for breakfast is the only way to build strong bones, it turns out that your evening glass of wine may be benefiting you even more.

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While bones tend to weaken and break down as the aging process occurs, it has been shown that the ingredients in alcohol can actually help turn this process around. Studies have literally shown, especially in women, that the people who drink regularly have bones that are being rebuilt, whereas the ones who don’t drink at all have the normal amount of breakdown.  If that isn’t an excuse to pour a beer instead of a glass of skim milk, I don’t know what is.

Drinking Alcohol Gives You a Whiter Smile

For too long wine has been blamed for darkening or staining teeth, when in reality, it actually helps keep those pearly whites nice and bright.  For the same reason wine gives you great skin, it also protects your teeth against several types of bacteria that can otherwise thrive in your mouth and cause plaque to grow.

Rerevatol’s antimicrobial effects will prevent excess plaque buildup and bad breath causing bacteria to help you flaunt that winning smile you’ve been aiming for. So the next time you get a “thumbs up” from your dentist, reward yourself with your favorite glass of vino.

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Alcohol Wards Off Cancer

By consuming a moderate amount of alcohol, people may actually be able to help avoid chemotherapy by warding off cancer in the first place. Due to its high content of antioxidants and flavanoids, alcohol provides a great barrier against inflammation triggers which can lead to cancer cells multiplying in the body.

The old adage of “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” can these days be applied to a drink of alcohol as well. Often given a bad wrap for causing negative health issues, this once demonized drink is turning out to actually be a nectar of health. Rich in many antioxidants that can help protect the body against everything from the common cold to cancer, research undeniably concludes that a drink a day may be a great regimen to add to your health routine.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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