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– Marcus Valerius Martialis
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Friday. The unofficial day of the week to loosen the reins a bit and havea glass of wine- or two (or three)- to wind down after another full week.Nothing wrong with that, right? Ehh–you tell me. Alcohol consumption seems tobe one of the top things healthy minded people do, even though they know it’sbad for them. Why is that? And is the occasional drink really that bad? Let’sdive in.
“I Only Drink Occasionally”
Yea–me too. Let’s start off by stating the obvious. Excessive drinking is badfor you. There is no other way to slice it. Booze puts a lot of stress on theliver, which over time can lead to chronic conditions, like Cirrhosis.Drinking is also linked to increased risk of cardiovascular problems andcancer. Also,if you are looking to lose weight, drinking will make the goal a significantlygreater uphill battle. But what if you only drink occasionally? Surely, thereis nothing wrong with a little wine here and there during the week and somecocktails on social outings on the weekend. Even for the most health mindedpeople out there- we need a little balance, no? Like with anything that ishealth related, this is where things get a bit complicated. First of all, howdo we really define “occasional drinking?” One glass of wine a couple of timesa month is a very different type of “occasional” than having wine every night(or every other night) and a cocktail or two on the weekends. According tothe Dietary Guidelines forAmericans,the acceptable guidelines for drinking in moderation is two drinks per day formen and one drink per day for women. I don’t know about you, but that seemslike a pretty significant amount of booze. There is a significant number ofpeople that are not heavy drinkers, but they do lean on alcohol as a copingmechanism to deal with stress. The problem is that even though a drink mayfeel like it relaxes you and may even seem to help you fall asleep faster, thequality of sleep you are getting when you have a drink is poor. You may fallasleep faster and you may feel like you sleep more deeply for the first fewhours, but you’re not reaching the truly restorative stage of the sleepcycle–the REM stage. This means you are not properly handling stress, which canlead to chronic inflammation, poor gut health, insulin resistance, and a bunchof other things you want to avoid. The solution? Don’t shoot the messengerhere, but the obvious solution is to drink less or maybe even cut out thebooze completely. Fortunately, this trend actually seems to be moving in theright direction. Young people are already drinking less today than they did afew decades ago. There are also some excellent brands making amazing alcohol-free adult beverages, like Surelywine, thatare making it possible for people to enjoy that glass of wine every nightwithout having to worry about the health impacts of the booze. Nothing likesome good (alcohol-free) wine and good news to wrap up the week!
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Great… Canola Oil Dispensers At College Campuses.
In today’s edition of bad ideas touted as good ones, we have this brand beingcelebrated for making their milk alternatives accessible at collegecampuses viatheir bulk dispenser program. So basically this brand made the soda dispenserequivalent for their plant-based milk and is making them available to collegecampuses for free. Once the college gets the machine for their cafeterias, theschool buys the bags of bulk, fake milk from Uproot, and voila–brain fog-inducing canola oil for everyone! The bags of Uproot fake milk are shelfstable for 12 months. That is red flag number one. The third ingredient usedfor their products is canola oil. That is major red flag number two. Thisstuff isn’t innovative. It is harmful and definitely not what college studentsshould be drinking. To be fair, the diet of a college student is probably farfrom ideal anyway, but these canola oil-dispensing machines aren’t helping.
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