The holidays are the time of year when it’s tempting to overindulge in alcohol. It’s festive and tasty to celebrate with a cocktail or glass of wine…not to mention the relaxation that kicks in as we sip away when stress levels are traditionally higher.
However, too much alcohol weakens the immune system leaving you susceptible to colds, flus and lower in vitality. It dehydrates the body resulting in headaches and what I like to call the “foggy and groggies”.
While alcohol helps you fall asleep, it prevents you from slipping into a normal sleep cycle and causes night-waking. It also disrupts the endocrine system and creates hormonal imbalances that contribute to PMS, menopausal symptoms and adrenal fatigue. Keep in mind that alcohol has been linked to the increased risk of breast cancer and is a major contributor to depression and anxiety.
Listen to your body.
If you feel awesome, are energized and sleep well…trust that you can mitigate any negative impact alcohol may have by drinking plenty of water, eating healthfully, exercising and managing stress. However, if you feel poorly or are working with a health challenge…know that alcohol consumption may sabotage your vitality and wellness.
On the bright side…studies do show that moderate alcohol consumption may be beneficial for reducing heart disease and protecting against type 2 diabetes! 🙂
And, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men are considered moderate and safe consumption.
I like to celebrate the holiday season by creating an environment of festivity each night after work. I light candles, put on Christmas music and get out a special glass and pour something yummy. A few of my favorite non-alcoholic beverages include; Kombucha in a beautiful champagne glass or sparkling water with unsweetened cranberry juice, stevia and a twist of lime. Another option is sparkling water with vanilla and a natural sweetener such as raw honey. I save my alcohol consumption for parties and social gatherings. This helps me to feel more balanced in my energy throughout the month.
Remember…your alcohol consumption doesn’t have to be “all or nothing.”
If you’re planning to enjoy your spirits, I recommend consuming alcohol earlier in the day or evening to minimize the effects on your sleep. Also, drink plenty of water all day before you imbibe and then drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you enjoy. Be sure to enjoy a green smoothie or green juice during the day to amp up on your nutrient load. If you overdo it, drink pure coconut water the next morning. It’s a great way to cure a hangover! If you have an upset tummy…sip on this ginger or peppermint tea.
As you celebrate the holidays, keep in mind these guidelines. Most importantly, be safe, listen to your body and take care of you.