It’s been a long time coming, but 2020 is finally coming to an end, as we enter December next week. Whether you’ll be drinking to bid a panic and pandemic-stricken 2020 good riddance or just for the sake of the holiday occasion, there will undoubtedly be drinking… and possibly in proportion too.
There is always this niggling concern at the back of our heads as we enter this celebratory period, and its mostly borne out of concern for our waistlines and our livers.
Before you suffer from any form of guilt the day after as you stuff down your turkey and chase it down with alcohol, you might want to feel better about yourself first, be choose the right choice of beverage, at least.
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What Makes Wine Fine?
Red wine is made from the pulp of red or black grapes subjected to fermentation along with the grape skins.
Grapes are known to be rich in their content of antioxidants which bring about health benefits. More on these health benefits as we go on.
Wine does come in varying levels of sugar content; thus it’d be more ideal to go with the dry wine coming in at the lowest amount of sugar per liter (4g/liter), compared to the medium-dry(4-12g/liter) and sweet wines (45g/liter).
So, exactly what kind of greatness does a glass of redness bring?
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Guardians Of The Waistline
As mentioned earlier, the grapes that make up red wine are chock full of beneficial antioxidants, and one particular one actually aids in our constant battle against the bulge.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in grapes that helps to convert the bad, weight-gaining fat into calorie-burning fat. This antioxidant enhances the oxidation of dietary fats and prevents the body from getting overloaded with the stubborn fats that try to stake their claim on our bodies.
A healthy dose of resveratrol therefore significantly lowers the likelihood of obesity and metabolic dysfunction.
Do note the mention of “healthy dose”… drinking two bottles of red wine in one sitting will not make you lose 20 pounds! Everything in moderation.
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Age Like Fine Wine
This term does not come unwarranted. Although originally meant to highlight how wine tastes better the more aged it is, a glass of it actually carries anti-aging benefits.
Polyphenols, another type of antioxidant found in red wine aids in the prevention of cell oxidation, which is the main cause of skin aging.
Combined with the multi-purpose resveratrol, these two antioxidants work together to keep your skin firm and radiant with a healthy glow.
It is notable that resveratrol is once again another component that transcends its fat-fighting benefits. It also contributes to skin health as well.
In fact, the properties of resveratrol are so potent against anti-aging, they are being touted as the next big thing in the cosmetic industry.
Skin creams like the Golden Mulberry Renewal Moisturizer are becoming a hit with the masses, because of the anti-aging prowess of resveratrol and other organic ingredients in it.
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Once again, resveratrol comes under the limelight here, as the consumption of red wine actually aids in the prevention and healing of acne.
The resveratrol in red wine slows down the growth of skin bacteria that causes breakouts. It also stunts the growth of keratinocytes, which may cause even more pronounced cases of acne lesions.
It has been observed that a glass of red wine, along with a topical treatment of benzoyl peroxide turned out to be particularly effective, with lengthened antibacterial effects on acne bacteria.
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Shelter From The Sun
The sun can be very unforgiving towards our skin. Other than expediting the skin aging process with its harmful rays, we are more susceptible to skin damage by way of sunburn than we actually are aware of.
Sunburn can occur within 20 mins of sun exposure but take as long as hours to show up. Rubbing red wine on affected areas can actually alleviate the discomfort that comes with sunburn.
If you find the topical application of wine a little bit odd, have yourself half a glass of red, and slap on some Umbrella UV Protection Cream before you step out into the sunny inferno. Don’t give up on your sunscreen completely, of course!
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Flair For Your Hair
One of the core qualities of drinking red wine is that it enhances blood circulation in the body. When there is efficient blood circulation to the scalp, hair-growth follicles thrive, and hair loss is thus reduced.
The resveratrol (yes, this guy again) in red wine is also believed to reduce inflammation and the formation of dead cells on the scalp, which helps to improve the density of your hair.
Some people have even gone to the extent of rinsing their hair with red wine to absorb its superior hair-friendly qualities.
Or… you could really just drink it actually – that should make haircare more enjoyable!
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