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Alcohol and health
“We (as humans) were not designed to drink alcohol”. (Chek). If there was a benefit from consuming alcohol, it would not be from the alcohol, but rather the source materials it was made from. So no, it’s not the wine that’s lowering your blood pressure or that’s full of antioxidants, it’s the grapes.
Alcohol is also a displacing agent. Essentially, every time you consume an alcoholic beverage, you’re displacing the nurturing nutrients from whole foods such as vegetables, fruits and heart healthy fats. Not only is alcohol full of empty calories that provide no nutritional benefit (would be considered a “non-food”) but when consumed with other foods, it will act as a blocking agent: “prohibiting the absorption of several vitamins and minerals.” (Chek). So you may be thinking to yourself, “oh I’ll have it on an empty stomach!” Well… when consuming alcohol without addition of proteins and fats it can result in damage to the stomach as well as the small intestine. In fact, much like many medical drugs, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to leaky gut syndrome. If you’re a wine connoisseur or someone who truly enjoys the taste, then by all means go ahead and keep drinking. Just be aware of the effects it has on reaching your health and fitness goals. It’s all about balance.