Alcohol Swaps

Robyn Benson

Published on November 12, 2019

Alcohol Swaps:  Managing Your Liquid Sugar Intake

Let’s begin by saying we would prefer it if you skipped the hard liquor when discussing a regenerative lifestyle. With that being said, if you still feel you would like to relax with an alcoholic drink, how about swapping it out with a glass of wine instead!

That brings us to the first question you might want to ask, what kind of wine should I drink?

If you desire an drink with alcohol on occasion to kick back from a week of hard work, before dinner or when connecting with a friend, choose a dry wine.  Even over the holidays at parties, or at home this provides a great alcohol swap to remember.

In a WebMD article they write how researchers say their findings, confirm the absence of a link between the type of alcoholic beverage and the occurrence of cirrhosis is still valid.  This is one reason why we do not endorse drinking alcohol every day, but rather on occasion and only for special events.

The article offers more insights including a Danish study revealing wine drinkers have 70% less chance of getting cirrhosis of the liver, than those who drank liquor or beer.  In the article the French study couldn’t replicate those findings and came up with very different results.

Wine has been proven to have antioxidant qualities which might support the notion of lower cirrhosis risk for wine drinkers.  If you go down the alcohol route it is important to read the research, know your health risks and make the better choices.

What does that mean? 

If you decide alcohol is for you, serve and drink wine.  Here are a variety of reasons other researchers have found for those who drink wine over hard liquor:

Lower insulin – Enjoy a glass of wine and make sure you skip the desert. This could prove a good alternative to other sugar foods, especially for those concerned with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Weight loss – For those who have mastered their healthy weight zone, there has been research to support a glass of wine daily can lower the chance of becoming overweight.

Longer life – It has been said red wines have Resveratrol. This is a compound that triggers genes like SIRT1 which has been known to improve longevity.

Relaxation – Wine releases calming neurotransmitter, GABA. Perfect with dinner, but not good as a bedtime sleep aid because it effects your blood sugar which can interfere with the quality of your sleep.

Balance is one of the keys to a regenerative lifestyle which is quite an easy concept to remember for good health. Over-drinking, can add a burden to the body as it must convert into sugar, using lots of energy which can lead to major health issues, tax your liver and add to all sorts of unexpected problems.

Here we will briefly discuss ways to pick a healthy wine and the best time to drink it:

Red or White – The dryer wine is best, whether it is red or white. Obviously, avoiding the fruitier tasting wines would only make sense if you are managing your sugar intake because it would be higher. One reason is because the fermentation process that some cheaper wines might have, means the fermentation process was shortened or not completed. You want to drink a wine not a juice, which means you should choose a brand that you know has absorbed all the grape sugars. Keep reading…

A Brand for You – One of the best choices for wine has been Dry Farm Wines. They are known for their organic, low-sugar impact and a reliable wine to drink regularly.

NO Wine before Bed – As mentioned briefly above, drinking wine to fall asleep misses the point and becomes a bad choice. If you would like ways to help you with your sleep naturally, go here for a variety of brands including gluten free choices and we make it easy to order from over 300 top quality practitioner brands 24/7.

One Glass A Day – Wellness can be best supported in a lifestyle of balance enjoying the grace for each moment you live without having to be too hard on yourself. Guilt doesn’t work, so if you need to take a break from your best habits, make the better choices not the worst. If you must have one glass of wine a day, have it during or after dinner. It is important to relax into a reflective day and decompress naturally in order to move toward your vision and passion for a healthy life. You can live a smart lifestyle with a smile and without feeling bad about yourself.

The power of a regenerative lifestyle is in perfect alignment to my ART (Amplified Regenerative Therapies). Regenerative Medicine is where we are heading so embracing some basic habits on how you can get ahead of any heavy event season begins with being conscious about your eating and drinking choices.

Learn the simple examples for sugar swaps designed to provide a life line so you can enjoy yourself when eliminating those extremely bad decisions out of the gate.  You can make the better choices in your life today in order to avoid serious health problems in the future.

Reach out to us to learn about our ART (Amplified Regenerative Therapies) and learn more about Santa Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health. Ask about our 5-Day Regenerative Reset Program and learn how our patients have claimed they have dropped 5 pounds in 5 days, eliminated 1.2 inches off their waist including those annoying aches and pains in 5 days.

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