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Drinking Wine Every Night? Here’s What It Does to You — Eat This Not That

Let’s face it, wine is just one of those drinks that’s always there when you need it. It’s comforting after a long day working, it’s the perfect finishing touch to any charcuterie board, and during a time like right now when you can’t really go out to a bar or restaurant, it can still make you feel like you’re living somewhat normally. Plus, it lasts for a while, so again, it’s not bad to have some bottles on hand when you’re staying inside. But what happens if you’re drinking wine every night?

You’ve mostly heard in one way or another that a glass of wine every day can actually be good for your overall health, but some recent studies have argued that it’s better to avoid drinking the vino on a regular basis. So what actually happens to your health if you drink a glass of wine every night? Are there real health benefits? Or are there consequences in the long run?

We’re asking the tough questions here, as there’s a good chance you just might end up drinking wine every night you’re staying put at home! And while you’re making healthier choices, here are The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

First—how much is considered one full glass of wine?

Before we explore the risks and benefits of drinking a glass of wine every night, let’s get on the same page about what exactly is one glass. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, one drink is 5 ounces of wine (also 12 ounces of beer and 1.5 ounces of liquor) in the U.S. Unfortunately, this means that buying a bigger wine glass won’t change our serving size for the evening.

OK, so what happens if you’re drinking a glass of wine every night?

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In the last couple of years, gut health has been outed as one of the most important ways to stay healthy. Known as the “second brain,” your gut can affect the state of your digestion, organs, and even your mental health. In fact, the gut microbiota is now seen as “an important partner of human cells, interacting with virtually all human cells.”

In a study done by the American Gastroenterology Journal, research revealed that red wine intake done in moderation overall benefits your gut. This is mainly due to a couple of large, confusing words known as antimicrobials and polyphenols. Red wine contains a lot of polyphenols, which are natural chemicals containing antimicrobial properties. And antimicrobials are agents that help balance out the natural microbiome of the gut.

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Whether or not red wine can help with heart health is a common discussion among health experts and wine lovers alike. Overall, research shows that moderate intake of red wine (no more than one glass a day) does, in fact, have some cardiovascular benefits.

In a study done by the Canadian Journal of Clinical Nutrition, results found that the polyphenols found in red wine that we discussed earlier also have numerous benefits on coronary blood flow and heart health. Polyphenols are proven to have “vaso-relaxing effects on the coronary microvessels,” which in other words, means the natural chemicals found in red wine can help relax our blood vessels, aiding in the prevention of blood clots and other cardiovascular issues.

Red wine also raises levels of lipoproteins (HDL), also known as “good cholesterol.” And according to Harvard School of Public Health, higher levels of HDLs are often correlated to a better chance of protecting yourself against cardiovascular disease.

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So it’s not always rainbows and sunshine, right? Alcohol can mess with our natural circadian rhythm, aka our body’s natural clock, even in small doses. A study done on sleep and alcohol by the National Institute of Health revealed that when we drink even a moderate amount of alcohol, our bodies go through a “rebound effect.” This effect essentially is your body’s way of adjusting to the alcohol present while it’s still trying to sleep normally during the first half of your slumber. The alcohol takes about 4-5 hours to leave your system, which means that the sleep disruption you do experience during the second half of the night is the alcohol making its way out of your body.

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Wine is a comforting, delicious drink to have at the end of the day and when you might be feeling stressed or anxious during times of uncertainty. But it’s important to not forget that alcohol, even in small doses, can be an addictive substance. And with substances like alcohol, it can sometimes be easier than we think to develop a dependence.

Rick Grugza, an epidemiologist who has been studying alcohol use for years, has found that drinking in larger quantities is steadily on the rise. Many epidemiologists and health experts believe that this could be because of the culture surrounding drinking: the after-work happy hours multiple times a week, or the multiple glasses a night to relieve stress at home. As with anything in life, moderation is key, so it’s important to just be aware of how much you’re drinking throughout your week and how it’s impacting your life, day-to-day.

So, can you keep drinking a daily glass of wine?

The simple answer: yes! The not-so-simple answer: it’s ultimately up to you. Research still supports the idea that light to moderate amounts of red wine (one glass per night) have mostly beneficial or neutral effects on our health.

Overall, even if red wine can have some positive effects on your body, but it’s not a habit you need to start if you don’t already drink. Eating healthy and staying active are always the go-to but if you happen to enjoy a glass of wine too, there’s nothing wrong with that either. Moderation is key! And if you’ve ever wondered, Should You Stop Drinking Alcohol to Lose Weight?, we’ve settled that debate for you, too.

5 Red Wine Health Benefits

The next time you’re deciding whether to uncork a bottle, let science help make up your mind. Made by crushing and fermenting dark-colored grapes, red wine has been studied for many years and is thought to have a slew of health benefits (when consumed in moderation, of course). We’ve broken down some of the potential benefits of red wine, including the latest research and everything you should know before reaching for more vino.


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Potential Health Benefits of Red Wine

  • May protect your heart: Red wine may have several cardio-protective effects, and a recent review revealed that drinking red wine was linked with a lower risk of developing heart disease. But the American Heart Association points out a potential issue with the current research, stating that there is no established cause-and-effect link and several other factors, such as dietary habits, may play a role. For example, if you drink red wine every night then you may also be following a Mediterranean Diet which might be to thank for the heart healthy benefits.
  • Can combat inflammation: Red wine is abundant in certain polyphenols including resveratrol, anthocyanins, catechins, and tannins (proanthocyanidins and ellagitannins). Resveratrol in particular is found not just in red wine, but also in foods such as grapes, peanuts, chocolate, and certain berries. Research suggests that the phenolic compounds in red wine exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only does the research suggest that red wine consumption can reduce insulin resistance, but it can also decrease oxidative stress.
  • May sharpen your mind: The flavanols in wine may protect your body’s cells that support healthy blood vessels — a key physiological benefit that can improve blood flow to the brain and prevent harmful plaque from developing. Animal studies suggest that resveratrol in particular may prevent age-related memory decline.
  • Can promote longevity: Blame it on the relaxation effects of imbibing. Long-term population studies have linked moderate alcohol drinking to a longer life. Research also suggests that it is possible to strengthen the effect of resveratrol with a balanced diet that emphasizes nutrient-dense foods packed with dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals (similar to the Mediterranean diet). So pair your glass with a healthy meal!
  • May improve mood: Studies has linked moderate alcohol intake to a better mood (and you thought that was just hearsay!). A 2014 study showed that people who had a glass of wine in an unpleasant environment experienced the same level of mood improvement as people who teetotaled in a more pleasant environment.

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    Potential Downsides of Drinking Red Wine

    The American Heart Society warns that, although moderate consumption of red wine may have health benefits, excessive consumption can be detrimental to your health. Liver damage, obesity, certain types of cancer, stroke, cardiomyopathy, are just some of the issues that excessive drinking can contribute to. In fact, the American Institute for Cancer Research says that the less you drink, the lower your risk for cancer and advises to not drink at all if you want to take a proactive approach to cancer prevention. Not to mention that liquid calories can really add up when drinking any type of alcohol, which can lead to weight gain. Plus, alcohol in general lowers inhibitions and can lead to poor decision-making, which may influence your food choices.

    The bottom line: Federal guidelines and the American Heart Association recommend that if you do choose to drink alcohol, then do so in moderation; stick to no more than one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. For reference, one drink is about 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits. Since red wine does contain a slew of antioxidants, it may potentially be a better choice than some other forms of alcohol on the market when consumed in moderation.

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    I have a glass of red wine every night. Is that OK?

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    I have a glass of RED wine most nights. Is this okay?

    The answer

    Wine can be relaxing and have potential health benefits when taken in moderation. The recommendation for safe drinking levels is one glass of wine a day for women and two glasses a day for men.

    The decision to drink wine or any alcohol is a personal choice and will depend upon your general health, any underlying medical conditions or medications you may take and your ability to limit your consumption to just one drink. Remember that any potential benefits are dose dependent and more than one to two drinks per day can have detrimental effects upon health.

    Several studies have shown that a small amount of alcohol consumption is correlated with an increase of ‘good’ cholesterol (high density lipoprotein – HDL) which can result in a subsequent decrease in ‘bad’ cholesterol (low density lipoprotein – LDL).

    Wine is rich in antioxidants, which may help to protect the lining of blood vessels in the body and the heart. The best known of these antioxidants is resveratrol, which is found in grape skin and seeds.

    Resveratrol’s antioxidant properties have been found to repair cells and reduce inflammation, which can decrease atherosclerosis and fatty deposits which are known risk factors for heart disease and stroke. A cautionary note however: studies done on resveratrol have been conducted mainly on animals and further studies need to fully understand the true benefit in humans.

    Although there are these potential positive effects of alcohol, overindulgence can negate the benefits. Drinking too much can increase the risk of high blood pressure, liver damage, heart disease, obesity, certain cancers and can increase the risk of impaired driving and accidents. Alcohol can also interact dangerously with commonly used medications, so if you take medications, use caution and check in with your doctor to make sure there are no harmful interactions.

    If you have liver disease or are pregnant, avoid alcohol completely.

    For those who do not drink, there is no evidence to suggest that you should start drinking simply for the potential benefits of wine as there are other well studied lifestyle choices that improve health such as a balanced diet, smoking cessation and regular exercise.

    For those who already drink a glass of wine a day, this may have good benefit for your health and in general is safe to do so in moderation.


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    10 Health Benefits Of Drinking Red Wine That Will Keep You Healthy

    Thanks to guest blogger Mark Davis for this post!

    Whether red wine has any prominent health benefit is still a debatable issue. However, studies have shown that consuming a moderate amount of red wine, which has an alcohol content of 12% -15% on a daily basis helps in the prevention of a number of diseases including heart disease.

     

    It should be remembered that there is a fine line of difference between moderate and excessive. Too much consumption of wine can be detrimental to health. On the other hand, too little of it would not give you the benefits usually enjoyed by the moderate drinkers.

     

    Red wines, which may vary in taste and color, are prepared by crushing and fermenting whole, dark-colored grapes. There are many varieties of red wine, the most common of which are Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz etc.

    #1. Rich in antioxidants

    Before consuming a red wines you need to know to almost everything about a wine. What are the negative and positive effects it can cause on your health because it is enriched with powerful anti-oxidants. Darker grapes are higher in antioxidants like resveratrol, epicatechin, catechin, and proanthocyanidins. Of these, resveratrol and proanthocyanidins are mainly responsible for keeping you healthy.

    #2. Lowers bad cholesterol

    Red wines are known to lower the bad cholesterol in your system. According to a study, the high-fiber Tempranillo red grapes, used to make certain varieties of red wines such as Rioja, lower bad cholesterol levels.

    #3. Keeps heart healthy

    Not only does it regulate the cholesterol levels, but also keeps the heart healthy. Polyphenols, a certain type of antioxidants present in red wines prevent unwanted clotting by keeping the blood vessels flexible. However, it should be remembered that heavy drinking damages the heart.

     

    #4. Regulates blood sugar

    Resveratrol, the natural compound found in grape skin, controls blood sugar levels in diabetic persons. The research showed that subjects who took 250 mg of resveratrol supplements once daily for three months had lower glucose levels in blood than those who did not. Resveratrol also controls cholesterol levels and systolic blood pressure.

    #5. Reduces the risk of cancer

    Regular and moderate consumption of red wine can effectively reduce the risks of certain types of cancers such as basal cell, colon, prostrate carcinoma, ovarian etc. Scientists used a dose of resveratrol on human cancer cells and found that it obstructs the key action of a cancer aiding protein.

     #6. Helps treat common cold

    The antioxidants present in red wines treat common cold, since antioxidants protects cells against the harmful effects of free radicals which has a strong role to play in cold, cancer and other diseases.

    #7. Keeps memory sharp

    Wondering how to keep your memory sharp? According to research, resveratrol present in red wines inhibit the formation of beta-amyloid protein, a key ingredient in the plaque of the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.

    #8. Keeps you slim

    You would be glad to know that resveratrol also helps keep a check on your weight. The chemical compound piceatannol converted from resveratrol reduces the fat cells in our body. According to the researchers, piceatannol fastens the insulin receptors of fat cells which blocks the pathways required for immature fat cells to grow.

     

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    Reduces the risk of depression

    A study carried out on middle aged to elderly people showed that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol daily keeps away depression. People who drink red wine are less likely to be depressed than people who don’t.

    #10. Has positive effects on the digestive system

    The anti-bacterial nature of red wines has enabled it to treat stomach irritation and other digestive disorders. Wine consumption has also proven to reduce the risk of infection from Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium usually found in the stomach.

     

    Excessive drinking of alcohol can have a number of negative effects on the body, which include liver cirrhosis, weight gain etc. It can even pose a threat to life. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot indulge in drinking your favorite red wine once in awhile. Ideally, it shouldn’t be more than 1-1.5 glasses a day for women and 1-2 glasses a day for men. It is also advisable to skip wine for 1 or 2 days in between so that there is sufficient gap in drinking. However, this should be your total drinking limit and not for wine alone.

     

    It is not always necessary to consume wine by the glass alone. You can use it as an ingredient in your food or prepare a red wine sauce to go with your dinner and still reap the same benefits. Red wine also has a host of other health benefits such as treating headaches, reducing calorie intake by killing the appetite, etc.

     

    If you are a wine lover you can use it to your own health benefits by consuming it in the right amounts. Although, there are other ways of staying healthy, wine enthusiasts can mend their drinking ways and ensure a better, disease free life.

     

    Do You Drink Too Much

    If you’re afraid you’re at risk for breast cancer, consider this sobering statistic: Alcohol definitely in-creases the danger. Research published in 1997 in The New England Journal of Medicine, based on a study including more than 250,000 women, found that those who consumed one or more drinks per day had a 30 percent higher chance of dying from breast cancer than teetotalers. Another large study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health further concluded that the risk rises with the amount of alcohol consumed.

    Estrogen seems to be the culprit. Studies have shown that alcohol temporarily increases estrogen concentrations in the blood, and elevated estrogen levels are associated with breast cancer. This effect has been shown to be more pronounced among women using estrogen replacement therapy. While additional studies are needed, the message is clear: “Avoiding alcohol is one way a woman can reduce her risk of breast cancer,” says Michael J. Thun, M.D., head of epidemiological research for the American Cancer Society.

    Postmenopausal women, however, often have a greater risk of dying from heart disease or stroke than from breast cancer. One drink a day (especially red wine) has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 40 percent. The net result is that people who consume a glass of alcohol per day may live longer than nondrinkers. Because every woman must weigh the costs and benefits of drinking based on her own family history, age and risk of disease, it is impossible to make – a blanket statement about how much is too much.

    There are, of course, other health consequences to consider. Alcohol is primarily processed in the liver (which puts that organ at the greatest risk), but it can also work its way into the reproductive system, the skin, eyes, bones, breasts, breast milk and the fetus. “Because alcohol is a very small molecule, just slightly bigger than water, it can get inside every cell,” says Sheila Blume, M.D., a psychiatrist who has researched alcohol’s effects on women. “Almost any organ in the body can be affected.” And then there is the troubling, if not life-threatening, matter of weight gain. A four-ounce glass of wine contains about 120 calories, a shot of vodka packs 105, and 12 ounces of beer has 150. You’d think twice about ordering crème brûlée for dessert but nothing of downing three drinks with dinner.

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    The good news (and by now you need some) is that drinking in and of itself does not lead directly to alcoholism. “Most people who start smoking socially will become addicted, but the same isn’t true of alcohol,” says George E. Vaillant, M.D., author of The Natural History of Alcoholism and director of research in the department of psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hos-pital in Boston. In that sense, drinking is more analogous to food than it is to a drug. Some people feel obese when they gain an inch at the waistline, while others don’t. An individual must determine the right level of consumption for herself.

    For most people, experimentation comes in the teens and early twenties. “I was into partying in college, where drinking and socializing went hand in hand,” says Brittany Marr, a 23-year-old from Boulder, Colorado. “Though I had a good time, I was tired and lacked the desire to eat well and exercise. Finally, I cut back and started to feel like myself again.”

    Many women feel they can drink less than they used to. “I noticed my inability to recoup. Instead of a few hours to get rid of my hangover, it took a couple of days,” says Robin Stefko, 36, who e-mailed from Marion, Illinois, to tell us that she now alternates drinks with glasses of ice water and no longer wakes up feeling as though she’s been “hit by a semi-truck.” Being able to drink less than before is, in fact, a good sign. People with drinking problems generally develop a higher tolerance for alcohol.

    10 Health Benefits of Wine, According to Science

    Wine has undergone intensive studies over the years and it has been proven to be an effective elixir. Who says a man needs a fountain of youth to live a long life? Pour yourself a glass of wine and bottle up some surprising benefits. We gathered some interesting facts and curiosities about how wine can impact your health. Take it lightly, get to know your beverage of choice, and drink with moderation. 

    The wine has undergone numerous studies that have found various connections between improving the quality of life and its consumption. In ancient times, due to the scarcity of water, wine has become an essential need in life rather than a luxury, so it came to symbolize sustenance and life. Even in the earliest of times, wine has proven its worth when it comes to sustaining life. Up to now, there are still ongoing researches on why wine is considered one of the most powerful elixirs known to man.

    However, the first thing to realize is that the quantity matters and most of the studies show the results in glasses per day or week. Anyhow, saving it all during a week to binge over the weekend has been shown to be associated with zero health benefits. So our advice is that you savor every sip, feel every texture and scent of your wine. Drink it, slowly as it was grown in the vineyards and produced, with love and care.
    Let’s start…

     

    1. Drinking Wine Supports Longevity of Life

    Resveratrol is a polyphenol that can be found most especially in red wines. It is a powerful antioxidant that can be found in grape skin and red grape juice. Antioxidants help the body fight off free radicals that can damage our cells and organs.

    Studies show that resveratrol promotes health and longevity by increasing the activity of a protein called sirtuins. Sirtuins are responsible for protecting the body against diseases of aging. (1)

    Several studies have suggested that alcohol consumption, particularly wines, has shown health benefits that lead to longer life spans. Nonetheless, these studies emphasize that positive benefits only come with moderate consumption.

    Key Takeaway: If you want to protect your body against diseases of aging, consuming a moderate amount of wine gives positive health benefits that may lead to long life.

     

     

    2. Drinking Wine Helps Keep Our Hearts Healthy

    Since ancient times, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) have become a known, life-threatening problem for the world.

    According to World Health Organization (WHO), up to the present time, many people are still dying annually from CVD than from any other disease and it has been the number 1 cause of mortality and morbidity all around the globe. (2)

    Many researchers have shown that the intake of polyphenols is associated with a reduced risk of CVD. Wines contain polyphenols which can be actively found in flavonoids that also have putative antioxidant properties.

    These polyphenols once again are called resveratrol which may help protect the lining of the blood vessel in the heart. Consuming 1 to 2 drinks per day (4 to 8 ounces) may reduce the risk of CVDs.

    Drinking wine may help in decreasing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) also known as bad cholesterol which may cause artery damage while increasing the body’s high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which is also known as good cholesterol which may reduce the risk for heart disease. Moreover, wine prevents the formation of blood clots. (3)

    Key Takeaway: Drinking 4 to 8 ounces of wine per day may lower the risk of having CVD because of the polyphenols that it contains.

     

     

    3. The Nutrients In Wine Can Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

    People growing always have the fear of losing all their precious memories. Some believe it is inevitable, however, there are hundreds of ways that one can prevent it. One of these methods is by drinking wine.

    Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental process that is gradually taking place during old age. Studies show that wine consumption can reduce the risk of having dementia which often leads to Alzheimer’s disease.

    Alzheimer’s disease is a developing mental deterioration that can occur as one age. Again, resveratrol found in wines helps in keeping blood vessels open, so that the essential supply of oxygen and glucose can move freely to the brain to keep it alive and working. (4)

    Key Takeaway: Resveratrol which can be found on wine keeps the blood vessels free from blockages that can affect brain functions in retaining memories.

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    4. Drinking Wine Can Keep Depression At Bay

    Depression has been a common but serious disorder for some people because it can affect how you feel, think and handle everyday activities. This may sound contradictory, as most people know that alcohol consumption can worsen one’s depression or anxiety. In spite of that, drinking a glass of wine per week can turn into a depression-fighting depressant.

    A seven-year study conducted by PREDIMED analyzed 5,500 individuals of light to moderate drinkers and found that individuals who drank two to seven glasses of wine in a week were less prone to depression than non-drinkers.

    Again, this is about drinking in moderation because in the same study those who drank heavy alcoholic beverages were more prone to depression. (5)

    Key Takeaway: Enjoying two to seven glasses of wine in a week may be your remedy for depression.

     

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    5. Drinking Wine Can Give You Healthier Skin

    High levels of antioxidants in wine, when applied directly to the skin can inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria and are beneficial in maintaining healthy skin. Antioxidants rejuvenate the skin, increase skin elasticity and keep the skin bright and glowing.

    In consuming wine as a drink, wine can stimulate blood circulation that can prevent wrinkle formation and skin aging. However, when one drinks in excess, it makes hormone flow lose its balance and may cause skin dehydration and aggravate the chances of acne. (6)

    Key Takeaway: Wine contains antioxidants and polyphenols that are essential to keep the skin healthy.

     

    6. Drinking Wine Can Help Prevent Obesity

    There is a difference between overweight and obesity. Overweight refers to an excess amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, fat, and water. Obesity, on the other hand, refers to excessive amounts of body fat.

    Based on Global Health Observatory (GHO) data, at least 2.8 million people in the world die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.

    Wine, specifically white wine, contains the antioxidant called epicatechin, quercetin, and resveratrol. These antioxidants can lower levels of cholesterol and may also support weight loss by burning belly fats and by decreasing inflammation commonly associated with obesity. (7)

    Key Takeaway: White wine promotes weight loss by burning belly fat and by decreasing anti-inflammatory properties.

     

    7. Drinking Wine Helps Boost Your Body’s Defenses

    Daily consumption of wine can boost the immune system according to researchers. Ethanol, the chemical component of alcoholic beverages and wine as well helps boost the potency of vaccinations. (8)

    Drinking wine in moderation can help develop immunity that can fight against 200 viruses. Wine contains high levels of antioxidants in the form of flavonoids which can combat strongly against viruses. (9)

    As proof, red wine can help cure the symptoms of flu and cold. Polyphenol resveratrol can prevent viruses from multiplying once they have entered the body’s system.

    Key Takeaway: Daily consumption of wine helps boost the immune system as it contains a high level of antioxidants that fight against viruses.

     

    8. Drinking Wine Strengthens The Bones

    Past researchers have associated moderate wine drinking with improved bone density. As humans age, bones are becoming thinner and weaker. New studies show that drinking wine in moderation may help reduce the risk of having osteoporosis.

    Osteoporosis is a bone disease that is most common in women after they have reached the menopausal stage. Osteoporosis makes the bone brittle and more fragile with increased susceptibility to bone fracture. (10)

    One or two glasses of wine per day can protect women from thinning bones. It appears that modest consumption of wine bridges the imbalance between the dissolving old bone and the poor production of new bone that can lead to osteoporosis in older women. (11)

    Key Takeaway: Osteoporosis can be lessened through modest consumption of wine in older women.

     

     

    9. Wine Can Protect Our Teeth Against Dental Plaque

    Wine may help prevent dental caries by inhibiting the growth of certain bacteria found in oral biofilm according to researches done by the American Chemical Society. Wine can slow down the growth of bacteria that can cause cavities. (12)

    Polyphenols, wine, and grape seed extract can slow down the growth of bacteria responsible for the formation of plaque and tooth decay. Though red wine can help reduce these bacteria optimal oral health still results from daily dental hygiene.

    Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist are still the best recommendations, but including wine in your diet can increase your defenses against dozens of possible teeth and gum diseases.

    Key Takeaway: Wine can inhibit the growth of bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Nonetheless, a daily dental hygiene routine is still the best way to protect our teeth from decaying.

     

     

    10. Drinking Wine Can Improve Our Eyesight

    Ophthalmologist, Milind Pande, from Vision Surgery, says that the resveratrol which can be found in wine may be beneficial to the eyes. Resveratrol prevents age-related deterioration of eye muscles. One of these age-related deteriorations of eye muscles is called Macular Degeneration.

    Macular Degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss and is considered an incurable eye disease. This is the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, which is called the macula, which records the images we see.

    The macula is the one responsible for your ability to read, recognize, and see objects in fine detail. Resveratrol which can be found in wine and grapes prevent the growth of blood vessel in the eyes that can lead to macular degeneration. (13)

    Key Takeaway: Wine can prevent age-related deterioration of eye muscles. So, say goodbye to carrots and drink up your wine for better eye health.

     

    Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe and most of its vineyards are dated back to centuries ago, some have survived and developed since before Roman times. Douro Valley located in the North of Portugal is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, particularly famous for Port wine, as well as several other world-famous reds. It is no surprise then, that in Portugal winemaking, vineyards and wineries are an underlying part of the country’s strong culture and identity. See it for yourself, and enjoy a trendy country full of traditions and flavors.

     

     

    How to Drink Wine Like the French – Glass Half Full Wine Blog

    If you were to look to anyone to instruct you on how to drink wine, it would have to be the French, ne c’est pas? The French wine drinking culture is all about enjoying your wine and the people around you. 

    The French take great pride in the wine that they make and great pleasure in the wine that they drink. Yes – although collectors will pay tens of thousands of dollars for a bottle of French wine, for regular people in France, wine is simply a part of everyday life.

    In France, similar to other places in Europe, drinking wine is a social activity. People in France drink more wine than anywhere else and they’re notably healthier than Americans – a phenomenon that has been called the French Paradox. While it’s true that moderate amounts of red wine have been linked to longevity and a host of other health benefits, there seems to be something more at play. It’s not just that the French drink wine, but rather, how they drink wine.

    When the oldest man in Médoc – a region in southern France – was asked about his longevity, he responded that he drinks wine everyday. What about water? Well, he said, “water is for ducks.”

    This is not to say that French people don’t drink water, of course. But this mindset demonstrates how the French think about wine, and indeed, living. To them, it’s about enjoyment. And frankly, what is more enjoyable than a glass of wine with dinner?

    So, don your beret, tear off a chunk of baguette, and learn how to drink wine like the French.

    When to Drink Wine

    First thing’s first: In France, you drink wine with your meal – not before and not after. Now, if you’re traipsing through the hillsides of Provence, you may spot someone drinking rosé in the middle of the afternoon. Most likely, this person is a tourist.

    When you’re on vacation in France, you should totally feel free to sip a glass of wine at any time that suits your mood – whether you’re touring a vineyard or sitting at a Parisian café. But when we’re talking about the proper way to do things in France, wine is reserved for mealtimes. 

    It’s not uncommon to drink wine at lunch, but just like in Spain and Italy, wine is sipped slowly. It’s about enjoying the company of the people you’re with, and not drinking to get drunk. Over the course of an hour- or two-hour-long lunch, you’ll probably only have a glass or two of white wine.

    At dinner, wine is as much a staple on the table as bread and butter. When you sit down to eat, the host – or the waiter, if you’re at a restaurant – will pour everyone a glass, you’ll clink glasses, and begin your meal. 

    French people will stop drinking their wine – even when it’s unfinished – when they finish the meal. After dinner, they’ll move onto a liqueur as a digestif, be it cognac or brandy. 

    And by the way – just like in Italy – the French will do before-dinner drinks (or an aperitif). However, they won’t drink wine before dinner. Instead, it’s common to choose a liqueur like kir or pastis. 

    Choosing a Wine

    Even though the French tend to have a reputation for being snooty about their wine, unless it’s a special occasion, the process of choosing a wine is usually kept pretty simple. Red wine is paired with meat or tomato-based dishes and white wine is paired with fish and seafood. The French wine drinking culture is not as intimidating as it seems!

    French people will drink different wines depending on the season. Right after the harvest in September, it’s common drink wines that are best served fresh, like Beaujolais Nouveau. Red wine is most common in winter, although you can certainly drink red wine any time of year. White wine and rosé are reserved for the spring and summer.

    In France, the kind of grape (or grapes) used to make wine is less important than where the wine was made. This is because, to the French, terroir – aka, the climate and soil of the vineyard – is one of the most important qualities in wine. They wouldn’t say, “I prefer Cabernet Sauvignon.” They’d say, “I prefer Bordeaux” – except they’d say it in French. 

    People who live in France may only be familiar with regional wines, and if you’re visiting, you should certainly choose a wine from the region where you’re staying. This is partly to avoid causing offense, and partly because a regional wine will pair well with regional food. 

    … at the Store or Market

    Here’s the good news: In France, a bottle of wine is cheaper than you might expect. Again, this is because wine isn’t treated like a fancy drink for a fancy occasion – it’s an everyday affair. So, you can expect to find a decent bottle of wine for only five euros. 

    When buying wine, it will help to have a basic understanding of how to decipher a French wine label. They can look sort of intimidating if you don’t speak French, but don’t panic. The main thing to know is that most labels don’t list the kind of grapes used to make the wine. Rather, the label will list the winery and the region, and you can use those clues to figure out the type of grapes that are common to that area. 

    … at a Restaurant

    If you’re unsure of the kind of wine to order, you are allowed to ask the waiter for help. In most cases, you’ll be fine selecting a red for meat and a white for fish or lighter proteins. 

    In many restaurants, you’ll have the opportunity to buy wine by the glass (un verre), the small pitcher (un pichet), or by the bottle (une bouteille). 

    The waiter will pour the wine for you, and they’ll keep refilling glasses until the bottle is empty. So, if you don’t want your glass to be refilled, simply leave a little wine in the bottom of the glass to signal to the waiter that you’re finit

    Table Etiquette

    When you’re trying to impress your French friends, here’s the “right way” to drink wine at dinner. 

    First, if you’re not the host of the party, wait to be served. The host or a waiter will pour wine for everybody. Here’s an important tip: Don’t take a sip until everyone at the table has been served. Sure, you’re probably very excited to taste French wine, but slow your roll or you’ll risk offending the host. 

    If someone makes a toast, listen intently and take a sip at the end. If there’s no toast, it’s still common to “cheers” before starting to drink. The French will say à votre santé or à la vôtre (meaning “to your health”), or simply tchin-tchin (cheers). 

    Be sure to make eye contact with each person at the table when you say cheers. When you clink glasses, don’t reach over anyone else’s arms to get to someone across the table – just wait your turn. This process may seem a little slow, and that’s the point. Dinner is the time to slow down, sip your wine, take a bite, and engage in good conversation. 

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    Wine – or le vin – is deeply ingrained in French drinking culture, just as much as the baguette and the beret. When you want to follow French wine customs at home, simply pour everyone a glass of wine with dinner, slow down, and enjoy. 

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    Our staff is full of passionate wine lovers. With our amazing sommeliers at the helm, we’ve been schooled on all things wine. We came together to write this article, in hopes of spreading a little wine-ducation with you.

    90,000 20 reasons to drink a glass of wine every day

    But just a glass! We know that articles like this are very tempting to justify drinking a bottle of wine under the slogan “This is good for me!” But we actually play just for a glass a day – AND EVERYTHING!

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    Binge drinking comes with a list of dire side effects and will probably neutralize all the benefits of one glass of wine a day. And with alcoholism on the rise, we must all be mindful of preventing such excess alcohol consumption.
    But honestly, this list is still good news. There is something so pleasantly soothing about taking your time with a glass of wine with dinner or relaxing after a busy day with wine in front of the TV. It turns out that the benefits of drinking one glass of wine a day (175 ml) go far beyond mere relaxation.
    The verdict regarding alcohol consumption in general is controversial and confusing, but health experts seem to agree on one thing: moderate wine consumption is great for you.We are discovering more privileges that make indulging a glass of red wine into an elixir of health.

    1. Increases longevity

    Wine was included in the list of products that help to live up to 100 years. It turns out that an evening glass of wine does more than just alleviate the stress in your life: it also smoothes wrinkles. Resveratrol activates anti-aging enzymes involved in DNA repair, circadian rhythms, and other vital physical processes.

    2. It increases immunity

    Recent research shows that wine helps fight dangerous flu symptoms – one of the most important benefits of red wine on the list of immune boosting benefits. The secret is the healing power of wine: when certain gut bacteria thrive, your immune system thrives.

    3. It Can Make You Stronger

    Wine, or at least the resveratrol it contains, has been found to enhance the effects of strength training on muscle growth.Definitely not to drink before heading to the gym, but a glass of wine in the evening after a workout is a great idea.

    4. Cleans the skin

    As if we needed another reason to love resveratrol – it inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause skin inflammation. This inflammation manifests itself in the form of unwanted acne. Instead of soda or other sugary drinks, it’s best to drink a soothing glass of your favorite red wine. It can help get rid of acne permanently.

    5.It can improve your vision

    As you age, you have an increased risk of overgrowth of blood vessels in your eyes, which often results in blurred vision, which can result in cataracts, macular degeneration and even blindness. However, one study showed that mice given resveratrol (the healthiest ingredient in wine) effectively fought blood vessel damage.

    6. May prevent liver disease

    Again: only in moderation.An excess of any type of alcohol increases your risk of liver damage and disease. However, a promising study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that wine drinkers had a much lower risk of liver disease than those who drank other substances. So if you’re going to drink something, your liver really prefers wine!

    7. May prevent type 2 diabetes

    One recent study confirms a finding found several years ago in other studies on wine and insulin: moderate drinkers have a significantly lower risk of diabetes than non-drinkers.Of course, the result was exclusively for people who drink wine often and little by little, and did not extend to people who drink less often, but in large quantities. So no, you can’t just combine all your “one glass a day” and transfer it to Friday night – there will be no sense from this, only harm.

    8. May protect against cancer

    Some say wine causes cancer, some say wine prevents cancer – all we know is that, in numerous studies, moderate wine consumption has been correlated with a reduced risk of three different types of cancer.It has been found that breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer are less common among people who drink wine.

    9. Can stop dementia

    According to a study published by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, compounds in red wine helped stimulate brain activity that could counteract the onset of senile dementia (dementia). Since then, there has been controversy in academia over the issue, reminding us once again that even conclusions based on research often don’t stand the test of time – but we hope they do.

    10. Improves memory

    Resveratrol, the compound responsible for many of the benefits of red wine, has been found to increase brain connections to ultimately improve memory. Just make sure your memory is good enough to remember why you should limit it to one glass of wine a day – or risk the brain degeneration that can come with excess alcohol!

    11. Increases the amount of omega-3 acids

    In a European study, researchers found that wine drinkers exhibited higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than any other group.Omega-3s, or “good fats,” are the ones you need most to fight cancer, lower blood pressure, and improve health. We recommend pairing your wine with red fish fillets for an extra dose of this substance.

    12. Reduces cholesterol

    Wine is so packed with antioxidants that scientists have even tried to replicate it in tablets – and some of these antioxidants have been shown to increase the amount of good cholesterol, or HDL, in your blood.It also lowers bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol levels. Essentially, wine does everything to keep your cholesterol levels healthy and your heart happy.

    13. Strengthens bones

    In one study, participants who drank one to two glasses of wine a day had stronger, healthier bones than the abstaining group. The only caveat was that this effect only extended to women and did not manifest itself in any way in men.

    14.Prevents caries

    Wine can make your teeth blue, but (although it doesn’t make sense) it also helps to keep your teeth clean. Wine helps reduce the growth of harmful bacteria on your skin and on your teeth, so having a glass with dinner will help strengthen your defense against the growth of bacteria that lead to tooth decay. It doesn’t replace a visit to the dentist, and you still have to brush your teeth – but it certainly won’t hurt.

    15. Reduces the risk of heart disease

    Even the American Heart Association is on our side: wine can help keep your heart healthy longer.Red wine can prevent blood clotting, which can lead to heart attack. Any type of alcohol can be beneficial in this regard, but red wine does it in addition to other heart-healthy benefits such as preventing coronary artery disease and stroke.

    16. Protects against sunburn

    Drinking in the sun is still a terrible idea – but if it’s just one glass of wine, then it is possible and even healthy. Wine suppresses the reactive skin cells responsible for skin burns when exposed to ultraviolet rays.

    17. Reduces the risk of stroke

    According to the Copenhagen City Heat Study (CCHS), wine can significantly reduce the risk of ischemic stroke. This benefit was another one that disappears with excessive alcohol consumption – excessive alcohol consumption is at least risky and, conversely, is fraught with stroke.

    18. Regulates blood sugar

    Some argue that wine is even an effective treatment for diabetes.We’re not sure if we agree with this, but we do know that the polyphenols found in red wine are effective in regulating blood glucose levels. This makes wine a great, drug-free method for keeping blood sugar-related energy surges and lows in check.

    19. Protects against depression

    We definitely do not recommend drowning your troubles in wine – however, unless you are experiencing severe depression, drinking wine can help prevent it. One study showed that a group of moderate wine drinkers had a lower incidence of depression.
    On the other hand, binge drinking is also closely associated with an increase in depression, so just make sure you don’t cross the line between moderation and excessive wine consumption. Alcohol is a depressant, after all.

    20. Good for the intestines

    The antioxidants in red wine help the beneficial bacteria develop in your gut – these bacteria improve digestion and, as a result, improve overall health. The more nutrients your digestive system absorbs, the better! If you are not ready to drink a glass of wine every day for this purpose – although we see no reason why you should not – you can always drink kefir or natural yogurt instead.

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    90,000 British scientists: red wine is good for the intestines

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    Red wine can be good for the intestines. Thanks to wine, there are more beneficial bacteria in the intestines, a new study by British scientists has shown.

    It’s about polyphenols – chemical compounds that are also found in white wine, beer and cider, but in much smaller quantities, according to data obtained by researchers from King’s College London.

    One glass of red wine every two weeks is enough for a positive effect – the results of the study should not serve as an excuse for abuse, scientists emphasize.

    Polyphenols are also found in many fruits and vegetables.

    Why is it important?

    Polyphenols, such as resveratrol, found in the skins of red grapes, are trace minerals that are believed to have beneficial properties and serve as a breeding ground for the beneficial microbes living in our gut.

    The human gut contains trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms that help us maintain health.

    A growing body of research shows that small changes in our microbiota can make us more susceptible to ailments like irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease and obesity, and can even affect our mood and mental health.

    Diet, lifestyle and some of the medications we take can disrupt the finely balanced intestinal ecosystem.

    How was the study carried out?

    The study, the results of which were published in the journal Gastroenterology, involved several thousand people from Britain, the Netherlands and the United States.

    They are all twins participating in medical research programs. They were asked about their diet and preference for alcoholic beverages.

    Those who prefer red wine have more diverse microbiota than others.

    The more red wine a person consumed, the more varied the microbiota was, although one glass a week or two is enough.

    None of the participants in the study abused alcohol.

    The researchers note that abuse is likely to harm the microbiota and human health in general.

    What are the scientists saying?

    “This is a non-experimental study, so we cannot prove that the effect we are observing is caused by red wine,” says one of the authors of the study, Caroline Le Roy.“If you have one alcoholic beverage to choose, then red wine is worth choosing as it can have a beneficial effect on you and your gut microbes, which in turn can also be good for weight and heart disease risk.”

    Drinking every day is not necessary, should be in moderation, emphasizes Le Roy

    She intends to conduct another study – to offer participants a choice: red wine, grape juice or none of these, and see how it affects the microbiota.

    “We’re learning more and more about gut bacteria. It’s a complex issue that requires a lot of research, but we already know that the more diverse the microbiota, the better for our health,” she says.

    Alex White of the British Nutrition Organization says: “The results of this study are interesting and the effects our diet has on the microbiota is an exciting subject to study. changes in intestinal flora “.

    “Remember that drinking a lot of alcohol leads to many health problems, including some cancers, heart disease, strokes and liver damage. To minimize the risks, adults are advised to consume no more than 14 drinks per week on a regular basis.” , he says.

    A portion of alcohol in British medicine is usually understood to mean the equivalent of 8 g of pure alcohol, that is, 250 ml of beer or 25 ml of a 40-degree drink.

    “The study has its merits,” says Megan Rossi, a spokesman for the British Dietetic Association.“I would not advise people to start drinking red wine, but if they already drink from time to time, they should not feel guilty, and this is probably good.”

    What will happen to the body if you drink wine every day

    Wine is considered one of the noblest drinks in the world.
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    Heart surgeon dispelled myths and told how wine actually affects the heart.

    Many people are convinced that wine in small quantities is an excellent way to prevent heart disease. Supposedly if you drink a glass every day, your heart will work better. Cardiac surgeon and head of the department of cardiac surgery at the Vishnevsky National Medical Research Center Vadim Popov told whether it makes sense to drink wine every day.

    According to the doctor, it is not wine that has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, but proper nutrition and daily exercise.Popov also recalled that earlier scientists had studied the theory of the benefits of wine, which did not show its positive effect on the heart.

    The doctor is sure that one glass of wine a day can indirectly affect the heart. Most often, problems arise from frequent stress, and a small amount of wine can help a person calm down and relax. However, the doctor does not recommend using it regularly. The risk of early death increases on average by 20%, as alcohol provokes harmful mutations in DNA.

    Do not forget to visit your cardiologist regularly – this will be the best prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Don’t ignore any chest or heart pain. Shortness of breath and changes in the condition of the lower extremities can also become alarm bells.

    Earlier, “Kubanskie Novosti” told why it is dangerous to drink alcohol in the heat.

    90,000 what will happen to the body if you drink wine every day

    HOCHU revision.ua continues to publish materials related to health. This means that this information is useful to everyone. This time we have the results of a study on wine: what will happen to the body if you drink wine every day.

    Scientists at Ben-Gurion University in Israel conducted an experiment to determine how safe and effective regular consumption of red wine can be for people with a certain set of diseases.

    The experiment involved 224 people with type II diabetes, which is why they do not drink alcohol at all.The participants were divided into three groups, instructed to adhere to the Mediterranean diet for the entire duration of the experiment and add one of three types of drink to their diet for dinner: mineral water, dry white and dry red wine .

    The researchers then conducted similar surveys 6 and 24 months later, which gave them some ground for thought. During the experiment, scientists found that red wine contributed to a significant increase in the content of good HDL-cholesterol in the blood. This indicator, along with an overall improvement in the quality of sleep, was higher for the “wine” teams in comparison with the results of the group in which they drank mineral water daily.

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    In addition, those who drank red wine every day at dinner had a decrease in the level of components of the metabolic syndrome, which manifests itself in an increase in visceral fat mass, decreased insulin sensitivity and impaired carbohydrate, lipid, purine metabolism, as well as arterial hypertension.

    Thus, the study proved that a moderate amount of wine, together with a large intake of food, helps people prone to coronary artery disease, diabetes, heart failure and heart attacks.

    Be healthy!

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    The Kolonist family winery is convinced that wine is one of the healthiest drinks for our body. Good natural wine tones up, perfectly quenches thirst, and also, in moderate doses, prevents many diseases, and most importantly – creates a special mood.The variety of wines and the variety of producers allows you to choose a wine for any dish and for any occasion. The main thing is to listen to your body and know the measure of consumption.

    Buying red, white or rosé wine is not a problem today, but buying wine that will have a beneficial effect on your body takes a little work. First of all, it should be noted that not every bottle of wine is healthy. You should carefully study the product offered to you in stores or on the Internet.Explore the country of the producer and inquire about the history of the winery, which offers you its wine. In restaurants and specialized shops, a sommelier or oenologist can advise you on the type of quality wine to buy. On the Internet, you should trust the online stores of wine producers, which describe in detail the history of each wine on their online showcase, and also offer an honest price for their product, without any markups.

    So, back to the benefits of wine and the possibility of frequent consumption of wine without harm to our body.

    1. Wine slows down the decline of the brain. These are the conclusions reached by researchers at Columbia University, who published in 2006 the results of their research in the journal “Neuroepidemiology”, which showed that with the consumption of one glass of wine a day, in people over 24 years old, brain function decays more slowly.


    2. Red and white wine contains an active substance – resveratrol, which is found in the skins of grapes, from which natural wine is made, which affects the reduction of the aging process and the increase in life expectancy.In addition, resveratrol slows down the aging process of the muscles in the eye, which often leads to blindness.


    3. Red wine is an effective prophylactic agent for oncological diseases – tannins and tannins neutralize free radicals that provoke oncological diseases.


    4. Prevention of diabetes.Flavonoids in wine, which are also found in chocolate and strawberries, are able to regulate sugar levels in our body, which helps prevent diabetes.


    5. White wines are rich in essential oils, contain vitamins C, PP and B, as well as trace elements that are not preserved even when preparing pure grape juice, so beloved by us since childhood. White wine is capable of destroying viruses and bacteria, and is also effective in removing toxins and toxins from our body.


    6. Due to the minimal percentage of sugar content, white wine helps to quench thirst and remove salts from joints, as well as eliminate kidney stones.


    7. Mulled wine – a hot drink based on red or white wine – is extremely effective for colds. He will be able to neutralize the first symptoms of bronchitis, and also accelerate the recovery process after the acute phase of the disease.


    Draw your attention to!

    • The most healthy wine for the body without preservatives, which is created as a result of natural fermentation, without added sugar.

    • Moderation in consumption: a non-toxic dose of wine for men is 200 ml per day, for women – 150 ml.

    Most importantly, stick to a healthy lifestyle and remember that wine is an essential part of a healthy diet.

    The great Benjamin Franklin said: “Wine is proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy” .

    A glass of wine every day: what really happens to the body

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    If after dinner or relaxing on the sofa with a glass of wine every evening you feel happy, your habit can benefit your health. But there are a few caveats here.

    More is not better, so if you are currently drinking it is best to drink one glass a day for women and two for men.

    It is important to know that most of the health benefits associated with wine are attributed to red wine, not white or rosé (sorry rosé lovers).

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    Red wine contains a polyphenol called resveratrol, which is the main engine of red wine research. Here, we explore in detail what happens to your body when you drink red wine every day.

    Your gut

    If you are not thinking about how to improve your gut health, now is a good time to start.The more research on the gut and its effect on overall health is done, the more important it becomes.

    According to a review of the past 10 years of microbiome research published in the journal Microbiome, having a diverse microbiome is vital for the prevention and treatment of conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, cancer and autoimmune diseases.

    It turns out red wine may help increase gut diversity, according to a study published in August 2019 in Gastroenterology.The researchers studied the twins and found that those who drank red wine at least once every couple of weeks had a greater variety of microbiota than those who did not drink red wine. It’s worth noting that white wine showed less (but still positive) effects, but the researchers found no such association with beer or spirits.

    While this study does not prove that the polyphenols in red wine can directly increase gut diversity, it may give you an advantage in diversifying your gut portfolio.

    Heart

    The heart is the largest body of evidence for the health benefits of red wine.

    And yes, according to a review published in Molecules October 2019, there is a link between low to moderate red wine consumption and a reduced risk of heart disease. The factors underlying this association include the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of red wine polyphenols, including resveratrol. What’s more, red wine has been shown to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes and lower LDL cholesterol.

    Harvard Health Publishing experts note that they remain skeptical, pointing out that research on the benefits of red wine and heart health shows associations rather than causation. It is also possible that those who drink one glass of red wine a day are already practicing other heart-healthy habits, such as following a healthy diet and staying active.

    Research is currently underway to try to bolster the beliefs about the health benefits of red wine, but one thing is certain: research points in favor of red wine.

    Your Mental Health

    There are some things to think about when it comes to wine and mental health.

    In a study published in August 2013 in BMC Medicine, study participants who drank two to seven drinks a week were less likely to develop depression – that’s good news. However, the study lasted more than seven years, and the researchers found that excessive alcohol consumption was associated with a higher risk of depression and that women were more likely to experience depression – this is not good news.

    Weight

    While one glass of red wine every night is unlikely to harm your weight, it can induce other habits that it can.

    For many, drinking wine leads to mindless snacking. One glass of red wine contains about 120 calories, so you get an additional 840 calories over the course of the week. If your goal is to lose weight or maintain weight, try to limit yourself to two to three glasses of wine a week.

    If you are in the habit of drinking a glass every night, try diluting the wine with soda water, or try to cut approximately 840 calories per week by making these small changes.

    Sleep

    Alcohol is considered a sedative, and if you drink a glass of wine before bed, it is likely to make you drowsy. However, this is not necessarily good news for your sleep.

    Health experts know how important sleep is to immune function and heart health. “One of the downsides to drinking a glass of wine every night is that it can affect sleep quality,” KeyVion Miller tells LIVESTRONG.com.

    At a low dose, such as one glass a night, you can fall asleep faster, but because alcohol is metabolized and excreted from your body, you won’t be able to fall asleep, according to Natio researchers.

    Your Teeth

    A glass of red wine every night can be good for your heart, but it can make your smile less bright.

    The American Dental Association recommends limiting red wine (in addition to coffee and tea) because it can stain your teeth. This applies to both natural teeth and veneers.

    So what’s a red wine lover to do? Plaque contributes to staining, so make sure you brush your teeth well, ideally before dipping into the red glass.

    Is it okay to drink wine every day, and is it healthy? It’s up to you to decide!

    You drink (drink) too often. Have you ever heard that? For some reason, in our country, this means something bad and even terrible. The Russians are probably too prone to exaggeration and extremes. Many people in our country associate alcohol either with its complete rejection, or with extreme degrees of alcoholism.But it turns out that drinking wine every day can be a healthy endeavor. Here we will tell you about this.

    Israelis Study on Daily Wine Consumption

    We have already written about one of the many studies on the beneficial effects of moderate wine consumption on people with diabetes. This has already been verified and even rechecked many times. But a team of researchers from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University decided to go even further in this matter.

    They have gathered a large group of diabetics.It turned out 224 men and women between the ages of 40 and 75 years, who previously drank no more than 1 time per week, and in moderation. They were randomly divided into 3 groups. And each was given a 150 ml measuring cup.

    The first unhappy third was asked to drink one glass of mineral water at dinner every day. The other two-thirds were more fortunate. Some got white wine, others – red. Moreover, for the purity of the experiment, mineral water and wines were delivered to everyone the same way.The whole experiment lasted 2 years. Moreover, at the very beginning, after six months and at other intervals, the condition of the subjects, of course, was carefully studied.

    So it turned out that the lucky winners were much more fortunate than the “mineral” ones. The group with red wine significantly improved the cholesterol situation. The “whites”, on the other hand, have normalized their blood sugar levels. Plus, both wine groups reported improved sleep – it became stronger and recovered better.

    There were other pleasant consequences for those who consume wine, but let’s not overload the text with these medical details.But in the group with mineral water, no significant changes were found. They didn’t get any worse, of course, but still they were clearly out of luck with the drink. The water did not add any special advantages to health, condition and sensations.

    So drink wine every day or not?

    And here there is simply no one-size-fits-all answer, even if you do not have diabetes or anything at all. After all, there are a number of other consequences that can occur for the drinker. A person may have different health contraindications, he may take drugs that are not compatible with alcohol, and so on.So talk to the doctors first. And if everything is in order, then be sure to drink good wine regularly. But only in moderation. And be healthy from this!

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