red wine

  1. Sugary drinks could be one of the causes of kidney stones

    Soda increases kidney stone risk

    You know how people tend to exaggerate when it comes to pain? Well, there's no exaggeration necessary when it comes to kidney stones and causes of kidney stones. They're every bit as bad as you've heard, maybe worse -- and that's why it's critical to do everything you can to slash your risk.

    You can start by doing something you should've done ages ago: Give up soda and other soft drinks, because a single sugar-sweetened beverage a day can boost your risk of kidney stones by nearly a quarter.

    Soda in particular will cause your stone risk to shoot up by a third, and fruit punch will increase it by 18 percent, according to the eight-year study of nearly 200,000 people investigating possible causes of kidney stones.

    Clearly, it's time to say goodbye to the soda. Along with increasing your risk of kidney stones, it can increase your waistline -- and since obesity is another risk factor for stones, giving up sugar-sweetened drinks could help cut your kidney risk in more ways than one.

    Some drinks can actually lower your risk of stones, but not all of them are good for you. Red wine, for example, may reduce the risk -- but wine also contains alcohol, of course, which can increase your risk of cancer and other health problems.

    A much better option is to drink filtered water or seltzer with a squeeze of lemon to avoid these potential causes of kidney stones. The water will help with your overall hydration, which is good for stone prevention, while the citric acid in the lemon can actually help stop stones from forming.

    Another way to reduce your risk is to get a little exercise. As I told you just a few weeks ago, even light physical activity can reduce your kidney stone risk by a third. And for more on natural ways to slash your risk, be sure to read my free report, "How to avoid kidney stones."

    Don't ignore the risks here -- we're seeing a kidney stone epidemic in this country, with the number of cases doubling in just 16 years. Today, close to 20 percent of men and 10 percent of women can now expect to battle the causes of kidney stones at some point in their lives.

    Make sure you're not one of them.

  2. Alcohol-free wine can help blood sugar

    The benefits of wine -- without the alcohol

    If you drink because of the supposed health benefits of booze, I've got some sobering news for you today: You can get all those benefits -- and more -- without touching a drop of alcohol.

    It's true.

    For example, red wine lowers blood sugar. We know that -- but it's not because of its alcoholic content. It's because of all the great polyphenols and antioxidants in the drink, including resveratrol.

    Now, a new study proves it again as researchers find that wine without the alcohol is just as good as regular wine when it comes to blood sugar control.

    Researchers asked 67 men with a high risk of heart problems to spend four weeks drinking either gin, red wine, or dealcoholized red wine. Then, they spent four weeks drinking one of the other drinks… and four more weeks drinking the third beverage.

    Both red wine and the dealcoholized red wine had the same effect on insulin resistance, lowering it by up to 30 percent when compared to their levels at the start of the study, and up to 22 percent compared to the gin drinkers.

    That's not the only way the healthy compounds in wine can help you. In another study I told you about recently, the same resveratrol that can help reduce insulin resistance helped reduce hemoglobin A1c levels and lower blood pressure levels in patients with type-2 diabetes.

    And in that study, the patients didn't drink any wine at all -- they used supplements. I know I talk about the importance of getting nutrition from diet, but in this case supplements are actually better -- and not just because they're alcohol-free.

    It's because wine itself actually contains only very low levels of resveratrol and other antioxidants. Enough to get a benefit, sure -- but the real benefits found in many studies come from the much higher levels that you can only get from a quality supplement.

    Bottom line here is that you can feel free to have an occasional drink -- as long as you understand that there's always a chance any benefits will be offset by the risks. And if you're really just interested in those benefits, get them without the booze.

  3. The natural way to help keep blood sugar in check

    An antioxidant found in grapes can help diabetics keep blood sugar levels in check. Here’s the best way to get it.
  4. Get wine benefits from your wine

    One of the best things about enjoying the health benefits of red wine is the wine itself. So naturally, some researchers are trying to spoil the party -- because a new study looks at the benefits of the polyphenols in red wine... when taken without the actual wine.
  5. Red wine: exercise in a glass

    You might think the only "exercise" you'll get from drinking wine comes from lifting the glass -- or maybe struggling to open the bottle. But it turns out resveratrol, the famous "red wine antioxidant," can actually trick the body into thinking it's getting some actual exercise -- giving you a big-time metabolic boost with every little sip.
  6. Wine may fight cavities

    The polyphenols in red wine can actually slow or stop the process that leads to tooth decay.
  7. Wine for the side effects

    New research finds that those reds have one other trait: preventing skin toxicity in women undergoing radiation therapy as part of their breast cancer treatment.
  8. The right way to drink your red wine

    If you like to drink a little red wine, then you probably already know about its many health benefits.

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