I realize this may not be as popular of a message as some others that I send out, but I feel the need to cover it in your best interest towards your health, fitness, and wellness goals!
Let’s talk alcohol intake. Here are the facts:
- Alcohol is a Diuretic
- Meaning, increased trips to the restroom, increased chances of cramping due to dehydration (do you drink your recommended amount of water daily, to begin with?) Dehydration can lead to a noticeable decrease in your performance, both physically and mentally – hindering your work in your fitness and your work in your career.
- Sleep Quality Suffers
- A few glasses of wine before bed may help you drift off faster—but the zzz’s you log won’t be deeper, says Haas. “Alcohol can prevent restorative deep REM sleep, which is needed to feel rested.” Lack of sleep can impair muscle recovery, and even if you manage to drag yourself to the gym after a night of tossing and turning, your workout will suffer.
- The Scale Could Tip
- While there’s room in an otherwise balanced, healthy diet for a drink now and again, at the end of the day, alcohol translates into unnecessary, un-nutritious calories, says Haas. Add in the junk-food munchies you may down after a night of drinking, and you’ve got a surefire recipe for adding pounds.
- Your Body Is Left Hungry
- “When consumed excessively, alcohol can have detrimental effects on how your body uses, stores, and excretes nutrients,” says Haas. It can also interfere with the absorption of nutrients, she says, including B vitamins (which play a huge role in metabolism), vitamin A (a powerful antioxidant that helps the body recover from exercise), and vitamin C (which assists with bone growth and vision).
You can read the entire article here!
Long story short, one drink a day is fine and can have positive benefits (including simply being balanced in your approach to health, fitness, and wellness! However, many of us honestly do not stop at one drink, and our bodies could benefit greatly from less alcohol consumption.
My suggestion to you would be to assess what your intake is and how important it is to you in relation to your health, fitness, and wellness goals.
If a glass (or 2-3) of wine (or a ~couple of beers) at night is your definition of winding down for the evening, is there a more beneficial way available to you to relax at night? Can you rather meditate, read a captivating book, simply relax and spend time either alone or with your significant other lounging on the couch after a long day that already included a workout?
How can you optimize your nutrition (alcohol intake included) for your mental, physical, and spiritual fitness?
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