The news said women who drink moderately have less heart disease.
What do they mean by moderately?
It’s true! According to research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association a moderate amount of alcohol each day may lower your risk of heart disease by increasing your good cholesterol (HDL), and improving your metabolism.
So, go ahead, enjoy that glass of wine (or bottle of beer) you could be doing your heart a favor. One-half to one serving of alcohol per day was shown to be beneficial. More than one serving per day can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk of breast cancer.
How much is a serving?
- 6 ounces wine
- 12 ounces of beer
- 1.5 ounces of liquor
Increase the benefit of your alcoholic beverage by using it to create a stress reduction ritual for yourself. Relax, put your feet up, and truly enjoy your small indulgence. Saying “ahhhh” after your first sip releases tension and reminds you to breathe deeply.
Yes, enjoy your glass of wine – or your favorite choice – along with moving more, eating better and breathing clean air, it is a great way to help yourself live longer, feel better, and stress less.
Thanks for your question!
Eliz Greene survived a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggled to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and searched for a way to hold on to the perspective and passion she found in her near-death experience. Drawing on her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.