Benefits of Drinking Wine

Today’s workout was much different than yesterdays.  Instead of running outside along the pretty beach, I opted to do a circuit workout in the hot, stuffy gym (I don’t think my gym uses AC but it’s super cheap so I continue to stay a member) :(  I quickly completed this 3 set workout and peaced outta there! 

Set 1

Set 2

Set 3

60 second jump rope (invisible)

90 second jump rope (invisible)

2 minutes jump rope (invisible)

12 push-ups (girl kind)

15 push-ups (girl kind)

18 push up (girl kind)

12 bent-over dumbbell triceps extension(each arm)

15 bent-over dumbbell triceps extension (each arm)

18 bent-over dumbbell triceps extension (each arm)

12 overhead press with dumbbells

15 overhead press with dumbbells

18 overhead press with dumbbells

60 second squat w/ weights

60 second squat w/ weights

60 second squat w/ weights

60 second plank

60 second plank

60 second plank

Breakfast

After the gym, it was breakfast time! I made whole wheat waffles with almond butter and fresh blueberries.  I also had a homemade ice coffee with almond milk.

Moving on to the real reason you read this post today….    Wine :)

Last night on the news, Diane Sawyer mentioned another health benefit of drinking wine for women.  Woohoo!  She discussed 2 new studies that suggest drinking a moderate amount of wine can ward off rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.  Here’s a tidbit from the study results on abcnews.com:

“Our results suggest that moderate alcohol consumption of alcohol, approximately half a glass of alcohol per day, may reduce the risk of developing RA,” especially when women don’t smoke, said Daniela Di Giuseppe, the study’s lead author and a doctoral student at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

A small group of women in Oregon who had a few drinks each week also seemed to benefit in a surprising place: their bones.

Researchers at Oregon State University studied 40 postmenopausal women under age 65 who reported drinking up to two drinks per day in the year before the study, watching what happened when they asked these women to stop drinking for two weeks.

When these regular moderate drinkers cut out alcohol, the researchers found that their blood showed higher levels of biomarkers linked to bone turnover, a natural process that goes awry when more bone is lost than is replaced, which leads to osteoporosis. When the women started drinking again, their bone turnover seemed to improve even after one day of moderate alcohol consumption.

I wanted to find out the other potential health benefits of drinking wine in moderation (1-2, 4 ounce glasses a day) and here’s what I found:

  • Promotes longevity
  • Reduces heart attack risk
  • Lowers risk of heart disease (by lowering low density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad cholesterol.” and boosting high density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good cholesterol,” while reducing blood clotting) 
  • Cuts risk of cataracts
  • Boosts brain health (may help reduce the risk of dementia, including alzheimer’s disease)
  • Cuts risk of colon cancer (a glass of red wine a day can cut a man’s risk for prostate cancer in half)
  • Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Lowers risk of stroke

Good stuff, huh?  It’s also important to note that a lot of the research suggested red wine has more health benefits than white wine because of the dark grape skin and the compound, resveratrol.  It feels good knowing that my little wine habit might benefit me down the road.  Cheers to wine!

Question: What brand/type of wine is your favorite?  Right now I love Oyster Bay’s Savaign Blanc but I’m always looking to try something new!

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Comments

  1. hahaha this is GREAT! And also perfect since last night I had about 3 glasses with some girlfriends!! Cheers, ROCKY!! =)

  2. I love this post ;) its 5 o’clock somewhere!

  3. White wine sucks donkey balls. My fav is a Cabernet Savignon or a legit local (to Argentina) Malbec, heck yes!!! The heavier the better. Looks like I’ll be healthier than you when we’re 80 ;-)

  4. Hahaha! Maaaaybe I’ll try red wine again and see if it’s improved at all ;)

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