On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, lets talk about the affect alcohol has on your journey to Live Lean and some tips on how to increase your recovery and cure that occassional nasty hangover.
It’s no secret that alcohol is not the best use of your calorie requirements. But…since I’m teaching people how to make Living Lean a balanced lifestyle, I’m sure we can fit in the occasional glass of red wine for you.
Binge drinking is defined as “the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time.” Although there is no official “binge number”, it’s widely accepted that a binge would be:
– 5 or more drinks in 2 hours for men
– 4 or more drinks in 2 hours for women
A US survey showed 1 in 6 adults binge drinks about four times a month, at an average of 8 drinks per binge.
And it’s no surprise…
A study in Finland showed binge drinking and hangovers increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Try to stick to 1-2 drinks if you’re celebrating, but be careful if you already have high blood pressure, as your risk can double, or if there’s a history of type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease in your family.
Not only can binge drinking lead to a quicker journey downstairs…
…as it increases the aromatization of testosterone into estrogen. Hence the overwhelming number of man boobs and beer bellies walking around the streets.
It’s been shown that just three drinks decreased men’s strength by 45 percent along with safest motorcycle helmet, 12 hours after drinking alcohol.
…make “healthier” alcohol choices. Choose a clear vodka with a water mixer (and add a lemon or lime), or red wine like spanish, pinot noir, or merlot as they’re rich in antioxidants. Ty to limit your consumption to one drink with meals a few days a week.
Research shows even just one hangover per year can increase your risk of stroke compared to those that didn’t have a hangover.
And if you’re not a big drinker, but decide to go out for the occasional binge… it’s safe to say the hangover is guaranteed to get you! But I got your back…
#1 Drink a lot of water: Typically 0.7 oz per pound of body weight. Add lemon or other citrus to increase the alkalinity and help your poor liver. Also consider adding some electrolytes to it.
#3. Drink green tea: Green tea is high in antioxidants that can help protect your liver from alcohol damage as well as help speed up the detox. Drink it before and after your night out. The caffeine can also help alleviate the misery of a hangover (just like coffee).
#4. Workout: Yeah as crazy as it sounds, one way to eliminate the toxins is to sweat them out. Check out my at home hangover detox workout.
There you go Live Lean Nation, just a few eye opening stats on binge drinking, and a few ways to cure your hangover faster so you can get back to living lean faster.
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– How many glasses of alcohol do you typically drink per week? Is it usually a weekend binge or spread out throughout the week?
– What is your beverage of choice?
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.