Will Red Wine Improve Your Heart Health

Will Red Wine Improve Your Heart Health

When it comes to healthy eating and drinking, there are more choices than you might realize. You don’t have to drink water all the time.

How about red wine?

It is being touted as the next best thing in heart health.

What is it about red wine that has people up in arms? For one, no one wants to promote drinking alcoholic beverages. If you are not a drinker already, then starting to use red wine to increase your heart health may not be such a good idea.

Alcohol can become addictive and can bring more harm than good for the non-drinker.

But, if you already enjoy a drink every now and then, this information is for you.

Red wine is made from the red grape.

Grapes contain many antioxidants.

We know that these substances are instrumental in reducing the signs of aging. Keeping the body young includes increasing immunity, protecting vessels of the heart and vascular system, improving mood and increasing metabolism while reducing appetite.

In grapes, the antioxidants are found in the skin. When red wine is created, the skin of the grape is used to give it its deep red color.

The skin contains flavonoids and non-flavonoid antioxidants.

Flavonoids have been shown to lower bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) in the body.

Flavonoids are found in grapes as well as cocoa (dark chocolate), berries and apples.

It is the LDL cholesterol that contributes to the formation of plaques and hardening of the arteries in your body.

The hardening of the arteries leads to narrowing of the arteries and decreases the blood supply to your major organs.

The diminished blood supply contributes to your risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, eye disease, and kidney problems.

Non-flavonoid antioxidants have been found to help increase the health of your heart. When the coronary arteries are clear, then blood and nutrients can reach the heart muscle.

One of the substances in this category is resveratrol.

Resveratrol is a substance found in grape skins that has been getting a lot of attention lately.

It has fueled research into the health benefits alcohol may have on the heart. There are supplements available on the market but no recommendations for daily levels and how much may be needed to positively affect the heart.

Tests have shown that resveratrol can lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity in studies using mice.

The amounts of resveratrol used were far higher than the amount available drinking red wine daily. However, drinking red wine may be beneficial over a period of time or adequate amounts may become available in the form of supplements.

Your doctor may already be recommending you drink a little red wine daily for the heart health benefits.

If you have a problem with drinking too much alcohol or a problem in the past then implementing red wine into your daily routine should be avoided.

 

The Power Of Fear In Helping You Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

There are many reasons people want to lose weight. Anyone that decides they need to lose a few pounds most likely has experienced some trigger that caused them to start taking action. A group of individuals wanting to lose weight will have very similar triggers as well as unique triggers for each person.

The common triggers are to be more healthy, more energy, look better in clothes, look sexier, get more dates, and the list goes on.

More emotional triggers include something someone said that hurt your feelings, not getting asked out for a date, not being able to participate in activities that your friends do, someone made fun of the clothes you are wearing, and never getting nice comments about how you look. Anyone wanting to lose weight has probably experienced at least one of the above that made them decide they were not going to take it anymore.

These are all good examples of what may prompt someone to wake up and start a weight loss program; however, once the emotional trauma has settled down they are not enough to keep you motivated to stick with a weight loss plan.

There has to be something bigger and more important to keep you motivated to exercise and watch your diet day in and day out.

Despite all your needs and wants, you may find they are not enough to keep you sticking with a weight loss plan.

Fear can be the greatest motivator of all.

The best reason to lose weight is for the health of it. The fear of losing your health should be the number one motivator that keeps you taking action.

If you do not have your health then all of the above triggers are meaningless.

Your odds of developing heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and suffering a stroke go up dramatically the longer you are over weight.

If you do not change your mindset on weight loss you may ultimately find yourself in a vicious cycle of declining health. The more your health declines the more difficult it will become to do the right things that will help you to achieve optimal health.

Being overweight can lead to arthritic changes in your joints and daily pain . The constant pain will make you less inclined to exercise and do what is necessary to live a healthier lifestyle.

Living a sedentary lifestyle will result in your gaining more weight. As your weight increases, so does your blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure can lead to problems with heart disease, strokes, visual problems, and kidney disease.

The increase in blood pressure places stress on your heart that can ultimately result in the weakening of your heart muscle, heart rhythm problems and heart attacks. After a heart attack you may find you are doing well to just get out of bed and walk to the bathroom, that is assuming it does not kill you. This can become quite discouraging and lead to depression and ongoing problems with inactivity.

At this point exercising to lose weight, so that you can get that hot date, will probably be the last thing on your mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sedentary individuals are also prone to more problems with their cholesterol levels. Your cholesterol is affected by genetics, diet, exercise and activity level. Increased cholesterol can lead to plaque build up and hardening of the arteries of your heart and peripheral blood vessels. The plaque build up may contribute to a minor or major heart attack that can leave you crippled. Poor circulation in your legs can result in pain when walking resulting in your reluctance or inability to walk more than a short distance, due to pain and your legs tiring quickly.

 

High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes can all play a role in someone suffering a stroke. If you suffer a major stroke you will probably not get very excited about going on a date or hanging out at the beach. Minor or mini strokes are a warning sign of bigger things to come if you do not take reponsibility for your health.

 

You should be able to see how being over weight can lead to a downward spiral in your health. All of those emotional triggers suddenly take a back seat to being able to get from one day to the next.

This does not even take into account the financial burden that can occur as a result of being obese. The cost of medications, possible hospitalization and following up with your doctor can become overwhelming.

The bottom line is that your Health should be your primary reason for wanting to lose weight.

Make it your mission to learn and do what it takes to maintain and improve your health.

If you are not serious about living healthier and doing what it takes to achieve optimal health, then you will never stick to any weight loss program long enough to achieve healthy consistent weight loss.

If you want to boost your self esteem and confidence, start out with small simple steps with a goal to lose one pound a week and use this as your foundation for consistent, long term weight loss.

 

Docmac