As many people undertake dry January after an often very 'wet' December there are many health benefits to be had from even a short time of no alcohol.
I wrote an article for BeingEve wellness website a few months ago on how alcohol affects women going through the menopause.
Here I share some of the key take home messages.
Drinking alcohol can upset your hormone balance and make menopausal symptoms worse. Even small quantities of alcohol can trigger and provoke hot flashes and night sweats in some women, most likely by increasing internal body temperature and triggering adrenaline release. Determine how much and which type of alcohol is a personal trigger for you, as not every woman will experience the same effects.
Alcohol has the potential to disrupt sleep and worsen insomnia in menopausal women, at a time when hormonal changes already frequently disrupt sleep patterns. Sleep is vital to your physical and mental health so why run the risk of a poor night’s sleep for the sake of a glass or two of wine? If you are feeling under stress do not be fooled into believing that alcohol will help you relax and sleep well. Drinking alcohol is well known for reducing quality of sleep in women at every stage of life.
Mood and energy
If you know your mood and energy levels have been affected by alcohol in the past, avoiding drinking is the best idea during menopause. Hormones are already becoming out of balance and even moderate drinking could trigger mood swings or make depression or anxiety worse.
What are your thoughts and experiences? Do get in touch and share.
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Helen Morton, registered Nutritional Therapist. sports nutritionist, runner and food lover, sharing latest nutrition research and recipes.