We all know that celebrating a holiday often comes with drinking alcohol, but what we didn’t know is that drinking alcohol speeds up the aging process. When we drink in excess, we ruin our chances of maintaining a youthful glow or smooth skin.
This has become a medical fact, and there is more than enough evidence to prove this theory.
Without a doubt, drinking alcohol causes memory loss, hangovers, and increases your risk of either saying something you might later regret or driving while under the influence.
Now, new research study by the Research Society on Alcoholism suggests that “alcohol ages you biologically at the cellular level, putting you at higher risk for age-related illnesses like diabetes and dementia.”
To add to the physical effects of drinking alcohol, the study also suggests that alcohol has the ability to make a person look ten years older in the face. According to the study, alcohol can impact nutrition levels by depleting healthy nutrients that help to carry oxygen throughout the body.
Alcohol also depletes vitamin A, which is a crucial antioxidant for the skin and body as it aids in the regeneration of new skin cells and the production of collagen. Without the assistance of your natural vitamin A in your body, you will lose your face fullness and gain wrinkles.
One of the main culprits for the aging process with alcohol can be placed on dehydration. Research suggests that alcohol is very dehydrating because it acts as a “diuretic” on the body.
When you continue to drink in excess, your body loses more of its natural moisturizers that assist in keeping your joints, organs, and cells working at their maximum capacity. To ensure you avoid harming your body and its ability to keep you youthful and healthy, try to cut back on the amount of drinking that you do. If you drink, make sure you increase your water intake so that you can remain hydrated.
Looking your best is not the only reason that you should consider cutting back on the alcohol. When it comes to feeling your best, you should think about how alcohol hinders your ability to do so.
Hangovers are largely the result of dehydration from alcohol intake and can only be prevented by either eliminating the drinking altogether or by drinking large amounts of water in between the drinking. Doctors suggest that for every 1 glass of alcohol that a person drinks, they follow it up with a gallon of water. To drink a gallon of water might sound extreme, but when you understand the power of the drying effect of alcohol, you will understand why water chasers are imperative.
Enjoying the holiday with family and friends should not result in your harming your health, your looks, or how you feel physically. Take the time to assess how much you plan on drinking and then come up with a game plan. Make up your mind that you will only drink 1 or 2 glasses during your celebration and stick to it.
Feeling your best, looking your best, and ensuring that your body remains functional are all the reasons you need to cut back on alcohol intake. Enjoy your holiday, but remember, life goes on after that one day. Make sure you are around to enjoy it while looking and feeling your best.