Enjoying wine as part of a healthy lifestyle

Wine as part of a healthy diet

There’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying a nice glass of wine at the end of a long day, and for most of us, this is where it ends. The odd glass here or there can be an aid to de-stressing after a week at work or a particularly fraught day, and pleasurable at the same time, but it is important to remember that drinking in excess can be damaging to your health, and as such care needs to be taken to ensure drinking is kept under control and doesn’t spiral into something that could be dangerous or potentially life threatening. It is also important to consider the calorie count of wine, as each 6oz serving typically contains between 15-200 calories, meaning that anyone a diet or watching their weight may either want to look for a low calorie wine (there are several options available), or look for an alternative.

Red vs White Wine

It has long been documented that red and white wines contain different properties that, once ingested, have different effects on your body. Red wine, made from red grapes, is considered to be more of an antioxidant than white, due to the chemicals in the wine transferred from the grapes. During the winemaking process, the grapes are kept intact for longer, so the good compounds in the grape skins have a better chance of transfusing through into the wine, whereas white grapes are separated from their skins early on, limiting this process.
White wine, however, does in the main contain more sulphites than red, and whilst this is a naturally occurring acidic substance in all wines, it is often increased artificially as a preservative and arrest fermentation. Sweet (dessert) wines tend to contain more sulphites than dry, and sweet white wines are also known to contain more than reds. This is of course legally allowed, but sulphites are counted among the top nine food allergens, so it is important to bear this in mind, although the theory that they cause the headaches resulting from too much wine is considered a common myth, as it’s more likely the other chemicals in wine, such as tannins and the alcohol itself, causes these.

It has also been noted that red wine can give alleged health benefits and can actually decrease the risk of health disease, diabetes and strokes, although only when consumed in moderation. Recommended guideline amounts of wine per day for women is approx one glass per day maximum, whereas men are considered to be able to have a little more. On average, recommendations tend to be that between 3-4 glasses of wine per week is “moderate”.

Are you drinking too much wine?

Whilst we all want to have a good time, and alcohol does factor in this, it is important to keep an eye on both your own alcohol consumption, and that of those around you. Drinking to excess can lead to a whole host of health problems relatively quickly, primarily on organ systems, but also fatigue, insomnia and effects on the brain. Alcohol abuse can also lead to problems with relationships and, in extreme cases, legal issues, so affecting all aspects on everyday life. This is why it’s so important that, if you feel you, or someone else close to you, has issues with alcohol dependency, to seek treatment before any long term effects and damage is done. Of course, it’s also important that, if you suspect you/someone else already has health problems caused by alcohol, these will need to be discussed with a medical professional, and then resulting treatment for both the alcohol dependency and health issues to carry on from there.

Private Healthcare are experts in the healthcare field, and feature a wide range of information on their website about different health issues and treatment options, including those related to alcohol dependency and treatment options.

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