One of the great things about being an adult is that you get to indulge in your favorite alcoholic beverage pretty much whenever you want to. I mean, what’s better than coming home after a long, tiring day at work, getting your favorite libation, putting your feet up and letting the day fade away. Besides, I’ve read that drinking red wine is good for you. Right? Maybe not. Some research has shown drinking beer may be better for us. One thing we all know is that drinking alcohol in excess has very detrimental effects on our bodies. But, did you know that there are a lot of reasons to stop consuming alcohol altogether? Below are 6 of those reasons.
1. You’ll lose weight
Wondering why you can’t lose those last 10 stubborn pounds? You may not realize just how many calories are in that alcoholic beverage you love so much. A regular can of beer contains 154 calories; glass of white wine 128; a martini 295; and a jack and coke has 308! See what I mean? Cut alcohol out of your diet and the pounds will melt away.
2. You’ll get a better night’s sleep
Because alcohol is a depressant, it seems counter-intuitive that cutting alcohol out of your diet will actually help you sleep better. But, the truth is that consuming alcohol disrupts your body’s normal sleep patterns and, because alcohol is a diuretic, you’ll more than likely wake up during the night to use the bathroom. Alcohol can also cause nightmares and decrease the amount of melatonin (the hormone that regulates your body’s internal clock).
3. You’ll gain and re-build muscle faster
One study on rats showed that alcohol impaired the synthesis of protein and disrupted the building of new muscle. When the rats consumed more alcohol, their lean body mass and muscle weight both decreased. Another study found that drinking alcohol decreased the production of human growth hormone, a key hormone for muscle repair and growth.
4. Your brain-power will increase
Alcohol can delay and disrupt the way neurotransmitters in our brain work so we feel groggy, agitated, and prone to forgetfulness. New research suggests that drinking alcohol has negative effects on thinking skills, including memory and attention. It can also impair your ability to learn from your mistakes and learn new ways to problem-solve. So, when you stop drinking, you start to feel level headed and alert and you’ll stop forgetting the milk (again)!
5. Boost your immunity
According to one study, drinking alcohol decreases your body’s ability to fight infection within just 20 minutes of drinking it. I know it’s hard to resist drinking spiced eggnog and hot toddies during the holidays, but that’s prime cold and flu season. If you’re one of those people who always seems to catch a cold before anyone else does, do yourself a favor and stay away from those holiday drinks.
6. Your skin looks better
Since alcohol is a diuretic, it draws water out of your skin, making it look tight, dry, red and puffy. When your skin is dry, you’re more likely to develop wrinkles. GASP! And, if drinking alcohol dehydrates your skin, you can bet it will do the same for your hair. The result: dry, brittle hair that’s prone to breakage and ugly split ends.
So ditching alcohol will make your brain work better, give you a boost to your immune system, help with weight loss, help build and keep lean muscles, a fresh face, and shiny, healthy hair. I’m convinced!
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