June 10, 2011

Fitness and Healthy Living Part 6

Alcoholic Beverages – Go Easy

Guideline 7 – If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.

On their own, alcoholic beverages offer calories, but no nutrients, so they don’t nourish the body. In excess, alcohol may become a substitute for nutritious food.

If we choose to drink alcoholic beverages, we should keep our intake moderate. This means no more than one drink a day for women and two for men. Beverages with alcohol can enhance the enjoyment of meals, and for some people, moderate drinking may be linked with a lowered risk for heart disease.

However, drinking alcoholic beverages can also be risky. Alcohol may impair judgment, which can lead to accidents and injury. Drinking higher amounts is linked to many health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, certain cancers, birth defects and diseases of the liver and pancreas. And it’s linked to social problems, too, including violence and suicide.

Every Food Can Fit for Fitness

In a healthful eating plan, we can enjoy all our favorite foods. Just keep the principles of variety, balance, and moderation in mind. Almost anytime is the perfect time to take control of our health, but sooner we invest in good nutrition and fitness, the greater the benefit.

The above info are based on my readings.

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