With our next Christmas binge right around the corner, the month of October is an even more perfect time to save that bottle of wine you have in the fridge until the build-up for this year’s festivities begins.
The reason for this is simple, giving up alcohol for October possess a vast range of benefits to your health in only 31 days.
In just one month you will see your life change for the better and you will enter the busiest time of the year in much better fashion than you did before.
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Below is a list of the number of health benefits going sober this October will give you.
Studies have shown that alcohol impacts your sleep and that drinking before bed increases your alpha wave patterns making you get less shut-eye and therefore, meaning you will start your day on the back foot. Not drinking alcohol will give your body that time to rest up and will leave you feeling more refreshed.
This leads to productivity, which most of us suffer from – especially at the weekends – where we would prefer to lay on the sofa in a vegetated state due to the fact alcohol makes us more tired. Without the booze, your body is given more energy as you are fresher. This gives you the perfect opportunity to get tasks done that often linger over you such as the washing, ironing and hovering. You will then be able to relax and feel more satisfied with the work you have just done.
Work will benefit
Giving up alcohol for October will also benefit your job. Alcohol affects your concentration and focus, even if not drunk meaning that you can boost your performance in the office during what is often the busiest time of the year for many. By smashing through your workload and showing signs of improvement your boss will certainly notice as alcohol takes up more of your thinking and time without you realising.
Alcohol dehydrates you and therefore by consuming more alcoholic drinks you are lowering your body’s antioxidant defences in your skin – leaving them more prone to spots. Over the long term this will cause consistent inflammation, redness and broken capillaries which will leave you feeling down and lacking confidence with red wine often the biggest culprit. Ditching the drink will give your skin plenty of time to replenish and hydrate itself giving you that summer glow.
This one is not much a surprise but could be the most welcome. How many times do you wake up after a night out and check your bank account with dread and regret? We’ve all done it, but imagine that feeling of waking up and knowing that you have not splashed the cash just to get a hangover You can actually put that saved money to good use with many claiming they saved hundreds of pounds throughout the year just by cutting back.
Alcohol is calorie and carbohydrate-packed meaning that not only does your wallet suffer – but so does your waistline. The average Long Island iced tea can pack up to 800 calories per drink and will be harmful to you in your weight loss goals. Studies have shown that you can lose a pound a week by giving up the booze and also improve other health measures such as blood pressure and improve your heart.
Boosts your Libido
Alcohol acts as a depressant meaning that when it comes to the bedroom, instead of thinking it will improve your performance it is likely to hinder it. It can not only affect a woman’s libido but it can also cause erectile dysfunction as alcohol hinders the body’s opportunity to metabolise hormones resulting in a poor sex drive.
Reduce your risk of a stroke
Alcohol raises your blood pressure and can cause irregular heartbeats as well as nerve damage. By removing alcohol you will find that your body will be getting some much needed respite and recovery reducing the risk of a stroke.
You will eat less
One of the reasons many of us eat after drinking is because alcohol makes us more sensitive to food aromas, hence why junk food becomes more appealing and we eat much more. Therefore, we are less likely to over indulge on food and will help towards our bank account and final weight loss – just in time for Christmas!
A healthy heart
Your heart is the reason you are alive. It is often neglected by us and drinking alcohol is a clear example of just some of the strain it can go through. You will be putting more harmful fats and chemicals into your system which can begin to block arteries and lead to heart disease and other heart-related issues along the way. So, before you go to consumer that extra pint or glass of whiskey, consider how much you have already had and what your heart has just gone through. Trust me, it will thank you later!
About Geeta Sidhu-Robb
Geeta founded her company Nosh Detox a decade ago in 2008 having quit her job as a corporate lawyer to retrain as a nutritionist and raw chef in a bid to lawyer in a bid to nurse her critically ill son suffering from severe food allergies, eczema, asthma and anaphylaxis as a child. In the face of adversity, Geeta overcame the odds to set up the UK’s first home detox delivery service in Nosh Detox and independently find a cure for her son, at a time when no medic was able to help, whilst also going through a divorce. From that moment, she fast learnt how to provide a nutritious, balanced and safe diet for her son and in turn, the whole country.