You’ve heard the nags out there.
“No good can come from drinking,” they insist.
And it’s true that too much booze CAN wreck your health… not to mention everything else in your life.
But what about a drink or two?
Turns out in that kind of moderation, it’s not just usually fine. There’s now even proof that a glass of wine could help you hold on to your marbles, as you get older.
But timing is everything.
A drink and 40 winks to avoid dementia
In a new animal study, researchers took a closer look at how the brain works to clean away toxic build up.
I’m talking about the kind of toxic gunk that jams up your thinking, fogs up your brain, and clogs your memory.
Now, this system does most of its work while you’re asleep.
It’s called the “glymphatic system.” And it works by sucking up cerebral spinal fluid and then spraying it into your brain cells like a dishwasher.
Your brain cells soak up the fluids, which are then flushed away along with all the toxic build up. And that includes the plaques and tangles that can lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The researchers gave the mice what amounts to one serving of wine for a human. And the booze appeared to turbocharge this cleansing process by a whopping 40 percent.
It turned the glymphatic system into a virtual power washer. And this, in effect, reversed age-related memory loss giving the mice “young again” brains.
The study also found that exercise could give this brain-cleaning system a healthy jolt too.
Now I’m not suggesting you pick up a drinking habit. But if you do like to indulge in a glass at the end of the day… and the doc gives his blessings… go right ahead.
Combine it with a good night’s sleep and some movement during the day, and the researchers say you have the perfect formula for avoiding Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Keep it up, and you can hold on to your sharp thinking, focus, and quick memory for life. And, most importantly, you can say “no” to the nursing home.
But before you run out and order cases of wine, keep reading…
A little wine is good, so a LOT is better… right?
Wrong. More wine isn’t better for the brain.
The study confirmed what I am sure you already suspected. And that is that heavy drinking—more than two drinks a day—DAMAGES the whole cleaning system.
The reason why is simple. Excessive alcohol increases inflammation in the brain, and this short-circuits the entire cleaning operation.
So instead of cleaning away the gunk every night, the toxic plaques and tangles start to accumulate in your brain. And that puts you on the fast track to brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.
But if you stick to just one glass of wine if you’re a woman and two if you’re a man, it can help coax your brain’s cleaning system into overdrive, keeping you razor sharp.
Plus moderate drinking is associated with improved heart health and a reduced risk of stroke and diabetes. There are even studies that show that moderate drinkers live longer than teetotalers and heavy drinkers.
Don’t forget, the research also shows that getting enough sleep is essential for your brain. So be sure to get a solid seven to eight hours a night.
And exercise is a must, too. Another recent study showed that women with great stamina from cardiovascular exercise slashed their risk of dementia by a staggering 88 percent.
So get moving. Get plenty of sleep. And grab a glass of wine!
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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