You can make your alcohol organic, sustainable, natural, non-GMO, and gluten-free. What you can’t do is make it healthy or good for you. Wine isn’t healthy no matter what.
Wine Isn’t Healthy
Ethanol, the main component of alcohol, is a known carcinogen, and alcoholic beverages often contain up to 15 other carcinogenic compounds including formaldehyde, arsenic, and lead.
When our body metabolizes and digests alcohol, it produces a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde damages your cells, rendering them incapable of repair and making them more vulnerable to cancer.
Alcohol also increases the levels of certain hormones in our body, including estrogen. As messengers in our body, hormones are responsible for giving our cells instructions, such as when to divide. Having high levels of estrogen is linked with breast cancer, which is one of the most common types of cancers.
Alcohol and Cancer
The American Cancer Society states that even small amounts of alcohol—fewer than one drink a day—still raise the risk of breast cancer in women along with other forms of the disease. In fact, a recent large-scale study found that alcohol causes 75,000 new cases of cancer in America every year, as well as 19,000 deaths from the disease. Shockingly, this study surmised alcohol can account for more than one in eight cases of breast cancer in women and one in 10 cases of colorectal and liver cancers nationwide.
Alcohol also produces other devastating effects on the body, weakening its ability to process and absorb nutrients, and causing liver damage, weight gain, and overall body fatigue. Weakening our bodies’ ability to fight off illnesses only causes us to lose ground in our wellness journeys.
Why aren’t we being clued in to the risks of drinking? Where are the guidelines that speak to these dangers?
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