Some of the best medicine in the drugstore isn’t behind the counter in the pharmacy. It’s in the FRIDGE.
Next time you’re in there, make a beeline for the cooler and treat yourself to your favorite six-pack. Because it’s not just great for your MENTAL health to crack open a cold brew on a hot summer day.
It can also be a true tonic for your heart. New research confirms it once again. Alcohol can give you an edge against cardiovascular disease.
We’ve seen that before, of course. But this study also goes one step further.
It reveals WHY alcohol can be so good for your heart. Plus, it demonstrates HOW to maximize those powerful benefits.
How BOOZE protects the heart
They don’t call it happy hour for nothing.
And this summer… after a year apart from friends and loved ones… you can bet we’ll see some of the happiest hours of all. I expect there will be lots of gatherings in the next few months around a pitcher, a wine bottle, or maybe even a round or two of mixed drinks.
We all know that booze is “the great social lubricant.” It brings out good feelings among great friends, which is especially welcome right now. But the new research reveals what’s going on inside your body when you drink alcohol too.
PET scans find that alcohol creates a literal “happy hour” inside the brain itself.
These scans found lower levels of stress in the brains of moderate drinkers. The effect was especially obvious in certain key regions. For example, the amygdala, which controls stress and fear. As well as the frontal cortex, which handles crucial executive functions including memory, thinking, and self-control.
And that’s nothing to sneeze at. Past studies have found these specific kinds of lower stress levels lead to a lower chance of heart attack, stroke, and even death.
The new study confirms that, too. The moderate drinkers had a 20 percent lower risk of major cardiovascular problems when compared to nondrinkers, who had higher stress levels and higher risks.
Know your limit with alcohol
There IS one note of caution. The highest stress levels of all were found in the brains of the heaviest drinkers.
So “know your limit” isn’t just good advice for a night at the bar. It’s absolutely critical advice for your health.
For women, that limit is one drink with alcohol a night or less. For guys, it’s no more than two.
Don’t drink? You don’t have to start. There are other ways to get that same stress-busting benefit.
The study also finds that certain calming activities… including yoga and exercise… can reduce the burden in those key brain regions, too. And that, in turn, should also deliver that same drop in heart risk that is seen with a light alcohol habit.
Looking for some non-boozy, stress-busting inspiration? I’ve got you covered. These 4 tricks can relieve stress and melt away anxiety FAST.
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