Alcohol-free drinks aren’t just better for you than alcohol, they are packed with an array of health benefits.
We all know that the cooler winter months can wreak havoc with our health and leave us feeling tired and sluggish – and yet many of us will reach for a big glass of red wine in the evening. It’s a bit of a winter warmer, comfort in a glass.
But the truth is, even moderate alcohol consumption can damage our health. It’s hard news to swallow, but there is a silver lining – alcohol-free drinks such as wine, beer and spirits will not cause any detrimental health effects. Alcohol free drinks are often low in sugar or totally sugar free, and they’re also lower in calories than their boozy counterparts.
And It doesn’t stop there. Many alcohol-free drinks have added health benefits. In other words – alcohol free drinks aren’t just better for you – they are good for you.
Added health benefits
For example, Wildlife botanicals is essentially a non-alcoholic wine-based beauty elixir in a champagne bottle. It is a vegan, low calorie, vitamin-rich, non-alcoholic sparkling wine. It’s made from botanicals and contains 8 vitamins and minerals.
Plus & Minus add antioxidants to their range of alcohol-free wine in the form of grape seed extract, and The Erdinger non-alcoholic wheat beer contains vitamins b12 and folic acid, as well as polyphenols. It has isotonic properties and is the drink of choice for German athletes as a hydrating sports drink.
It’s not just hype. The health benefits of alcohol-free drinks are backed by science. Studies show that drinking non-alcoholic beer improves blood circulation, putting less pressure on your heart and reducing the risk of heart disease. It’s also been shown than non-alcoholic beer can reduce inflammation.
On top of this, studies show that drinking non-alcoholic red wine can lead to a significant decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Alcoholic red wine does not have the same effects because the alcohol content blocks the polyphenols from working effectively.
When it comes to the winter energy slump, alcohol-free drinks can improve sleep. Studies show that alcohol disrupts the body’s circadian rhythms, directly interfering with the our master biological clocks. The bad news is that this disruption doesn’t just mess with a good night’s sleep. It can also compromise liver function, the gut and microbiome.
Alcohol can also suppress melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate sleep – in fact, research from the US found that alcohol can reduce melatonin production by as much as 20 per cent. Alcohol-free drinks, on the other hand, will help you relax before bed time without compromising your sleep.
Winter health boost
If you want to give your body a fighting chance for winter, you’ll need those all-important vitamins and nutrients. But another downside of drinking alcohol is that it kills the cells in the stomach lining and intestines that enable the absorption of vitamins and nutrients.
Not only will zero-alcohol drinks allow your body to absorb all of the nutrients in your food, as we’ve seen, but many of them are also packed with vitamins and minerals too.
All of this goes to show that whether you’re cutting down on alcohol or making a permanent change, there has never been a better time to try alcohol free drinks.
About the author:
Irene Falcone is the founder of Sans Drinks, Australia’s first physical alcohol-free bottle shop. Also incredibly conscious about the environment, Sand Drinks only uses recycled, Australian made cardboard and paper based wrapping materials to protect your bottles.
For more articles about health and wellness this season, make sure you grab this seasons copy of BLOOM Magazine. Download your free digital copy here