What about wine?

When my mom came back from her trip to Paris, France in February she told me that all the newspapers over there were claiming that as little as one alcoholic beverage daily increases your risk of cancer. I was floored! What about the French Paradox? I have always felt that a little of anything (except for trans fats!) in moderation could be part of an overall healthy lifestyle. And what about the heart benefits from drinking a little wine with dinner? 
Then the same story appeared in the S.F. Chronicle. Even Kaiser Permanente is promoting this new information. A major study was done and the bottom line was that “there doesn’t seem to be a threshold at which alcohol consumption is safe.” As far as the risk for cancer, it would appear that even one drink daily might be too much, especially in regards to breast cancer. 
Here’s my take on this issue. We are assaulted with more toxic substance than ever before and our systems are overloaded due to pesticides, plastics, petroleum products, self-care products, hormones in meats and dairy, chemicals in the water, etc. etc. Alcohol, despite its heart healthy qualities, is yet another toxin that the liver must eliminate from the bloodstream. Alcohol has an immediate intoxicating effect, so the liver is going to focus on getting rid of the alcohol first before doing anything else. Most breast cancers these days are from estrogen dominance. Excess estrogen is eliminated through the liver. If the liver is toxic (or busy dealing with the alcohol), it will be unable to handle the toxic load. 
On top of all of that, throw in the fact that our natural circadian rhythms are out of whack from artificial lighting, and we’re not sleeping enough–it’s a recipe for disease. 
I would love to see that same study done where everyone :
  • supplemented with milk thistle to support the liver
  • ate ate least 7-10 servings of vegetables daily including plenty of crucifers like broccoli that support detoxification
  • emphasized organic foods 
  • drank pure water 
  • ate at least 35 grams of fiber daily with plenty of flax seed lignans to help detoxify excess estrogen
  • got at least 8 hours of sleep every night
  • exercised daily
  • practiced some form of stress relief like deep breathing, meditation, or visualization
  • only drank organic, pesticide free wine
What I’m trying to say is that with any health issue there are a zillion pieces to the puzzle. So I’m not going to let this “news” item stress me out and neither should you. It is an eye opener however, that we’ve got to change our overall lifestyles if we’re going to choose to enjoy a little wine here and there. So remember, if you can choose organic wine. Limit your consumption to one drink if you’re a woman and two if you’re a man (so unfair!). Drink at least two glasses of water for every alcoholic beverage. And if you feel you need a little extra protection, take Intox by Vitamin Research or at the very least, get yourself some standardized milk thistle. 

About nutritionthatworks

Sylvie Nalezny has a Master's degree in Holistic Health Education and is a certified Nutrition Educator. She has worked as a Nutritionist specializing in weight loss and overcoming sugar addiction and as a Wellness Coach, helping people to create healthy habits.

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