Happy New Year! I hope that you thoroughly enjoyed yourself this past holiday season. Now that we are past all the holiday gatherings and great feasts that accompany those gatherings, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. With this new year, many people will make resolutions and goals specifically pertaining to achieving a higher level of health.
Well, I have an exciting challenge for you to try that is backed by a scientific study. The challenge is to abstain from alcohol for 5 weeks. I know that may sound like
an impossible a daunting for some of you, but just think of the health benefits of completing the challenge.
There was a small study conducted in London with 14 participants. These people are relatively healthy self-proclaimed “normal” drinkers. Ten of the participants decided to give up alcohol, while the remaining 4 continued to indulge in spirits.
The results at the end of the 5 weeks were astonishing to say the least. There weren’t any significant improvements among those who continued to drink, but the non-drinkers reaped many benefits. The was a significant decrease in cholesterol and liver fat levels. Lower cholesterol is important for cardiovascular health and a decrease in liver fat cells helps to slow the progression of liver deterioration. The group had improved blood sugar regulation, which lowers the risk for Type 2 Diabetes. On average the non-drinking group noticed a weight loss of about 3 pounds, as well. The group also reported an increase in the quality of sleep they had each night, although this result is subjective.
Isn’t that exciting?!
Your liver deserves a break after all the hard work it’s been doing to digest all that holiday food, detox your body and keep your hormones balanced, so send it on a vacation. Recruit some family and friends to take the challenge with you so that you have a support system and accountability partner.
Let’s make 2015 our best year yet!
Remember ladies, keep a healthy demeanor, both inside and out! 🙂
***Here’s the link to the original article: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129502.600-our-liver-vacation-is-a-dry-january-really-worth-it.html?page=1