Midlife and Alcohol .. a good combo .. do we care?
by COLETTE PIENAAR
Oh so about booze ...
This blog is just facts .. no soapbox .. because let's face it many of us have turned to wine-o-clock to cope with shizzle at this stage of life. Not only lockdown but life .. coping with perimenopause/menopause symptoms and everything associated with this massive change in our lives, homeschooling, relationships, coping with grief .. the list goes on.
Alcohol increases risks for lots of medical conditions and affects our day to day, especially if our habit has become more prolific from 40+. These include risk of cancer, especially breast cancer, it can have a detrimental impact on the quality of our sleep, can bring on hot flushes, mood swings, low energy, increased food cravings. It can make our anxiety worse and damage gut bacteria which are critical for the digestion and absorption of our food.
It affects the nutrients our body stores too, think about all those supplements you take every day being totally annihilated by excessive alcohol.
How many times do we say this glass is for medicinal purposes ... wine has lots of antioxidants .. well yes it contains reservatrol in tiny amounts, blueberries, however, are a lot better at providing this.
So what can we do about it?
Here are a few tips I can offer that may offset the impact that alcohol might have on your health.
- Avoid booze 2-3 hours before bed .. start early finish early. This will help with night sweats because the body has a chance to metabolise the alcohol.
- Hydrate hydrate hydrate !! you could consider taking an electrolyte after a really big night. Our ability to hold on to water is reduced with our loss of estrogen, which is why we experience ridiculous hangovers.
- Have 2 consecutive days of no booze a week.
- Add in a good vitamin C and B-Complex supplement to help your body recover.
- Alcohol raises blood glucose levels on an empty stomach, so make sure you are eating if you are drinking.
Now in all seriousness, if you do feel like you could do with talking to someone about your situation, there is lots of help avail for coping with alcohol so take care of yourself and get the help you need if you need it.
So there you have it.
It all comes down to is the understanding that healthy habits build on each other... it’s not just about what you eat. And it’s definitely not about depriving yourself and taking away all of the things you love or going on a crazy diet that makes you feel rubbish.
It’s about establishing your own perfect Health Habit.
Figuring out what serves YOU most.
Establishing your perfect Health Habit is the single most important thing you can do to create a healthy lifestyle that you not only love but one that makes you feel most happy!
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