For many of us, the festive season means a time to eat, drink and be merry. People tend to indulge more and worry less. But what happens to your body if you cut down on booze in the New Year.
Registered dietician Mbali Mapholi chats to Africa about the benefits of banning booze and the positive impact it has on the body.
Mapholi says that if you take a break from alcohol in January, it allows your liver to recover. She adds that we don’t get any nutrients from alcohol, which means that we don’t benefit from it.
People who consume alcohol excessively, could experience withdrawal symptoms says Mapholi. She adds that within a couple of days the symptoms tend to subside.
For people who have been drinking excessively, they might experience shivering, craving and wanting of alcohol.— Mbali Mapholi, registered dietician
Mapholi says that the challenge with virgin cocktails, is that they are high in sugar. She adds that virgin cocktails could assist people who are chasing the taste of alcohol.
Benefits of giving up alcohol include:
- You’ll start losing weight
Alcohol has a sneaky way of increasing your daily calorie intake without you realising it. Just one margarita may contain 300 calories or more – mostly from sugar. Cut liquor from your diet – and you’ll start to lose weight without much effort.
- Your skin will clear up
Within a few days of cutting out booze, you’ll notice your skin looking and feeling more hydrated. That’s because alcohol is a diuretic, causing you to urinate more, flushing out valuable fluids. Alcohol also decreases the body’s production of an antidiuretic hormone, which helps the body reabsorb water.
- Your cancer risk falls but your heart disease risk might rise
According to the National Cancer Institute, alcohol use has been linked to an increased risk for cancers of the mouth, liver, colon and rectum. The risk increases the more you drink. On the other hand, multiple studies have shown moderate alcohol consumption may lower your odds of heart trouble.
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