Holiday season calls for a continuous celebration of food and drinks. And while most of us assume that holiday weight gain comes from all the feasting, the sneaky sugars in our beverages can actually make more of a caloric impact.
The good news is that there are plenty of drinks and cocktails that you can enjoy, and still stay on track to your health goals. The key is just understanding the tips and tricks of healthier drinking choices.
Okay let’s be real, alcohol isn’t exactly healthy. And while you may argue that there are some potential health benefits in let’s say red wine, the overuse of alcohol consumption can lead to some health consequences.
Your body’s main detox organ is your liver, and it works to neutralize free radicals and toxins like alcohol. Excessive heavy drinking over time can cause serious liver damage that can eventually lead to needing a liver transplant.
Impairs Brain Function
Have you ever heard of blacking out and forgetting what happened from drinking too much? If so, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Excessive drinking (even just one time) can acutely impair cognitive function, while heavy alcohol use overtime can lead to permanent brain damage, and even an increased risk of dementia.
Can Contribute to Depression
While alcohol can give you temporary short-term feelings of happiness, it can induce depression and anxiety the next day and beyond. Good to keep in mind for those who struggle with these or similar mental wellbeing concerns.
It’s a known fact that excessive alcohol consumption can easily lead to weight gain. If you’re focused on reaching health goals or maintaining your current healthy state, you don’t want alcohol to ruin your progress. The calories in a beer and wine can equal a sugary drink or soda, so just keep portions in mind when you’re drinking.
Buzzed choices may not always be the best. Drinking alcohol also can reduce your inhibitions and cloud your judgment, which can lead to making poor food and drinks choices. This is why it’s good to have a gameplan in case the munchies strike.
For some of us, we know it’s not realistic to cut out alcohol completely (especially during the holidays). So if you are planning to enjoy a few beverages, here are some planning tips that will help you protect your health.
Here are the 3 things you should make sure to do every time you consume alcohol:
So if you are going to indulge this holiday season, you now know the best ways to do it and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Just remember that overindulgence can be counterproductive, and it’s best to keep drinking to a minimum.
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