Beauty Benefits to Cutting Out the Alcohol
Alcohol is the ultimate paradox. You’re drinking poison, but you feel invincible! Likewise, you find everyone more attractive, but the truth is that they may actually be less attractive! It hurts to hear, but alcohol could actually be standing in the way of living your best life, in other words, looking great. Here are some beauty boosts that can occur when you quit drinking alcohol for as little as a month!
Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed
Alcohol is known for inducing heavy eyelids, but multiple studies have shown that it actually hurts your sleep more than it helps it. Drinking any alcohol before bed increases the number of alpha waves in the brain, which wind up decreasing your overall quality of sleep in the long run. You know what they say about beauty sleep. If you want to get rid of puffiness and dark circles, ditching the drinks are a good place to start. One you start getting better sleep, you can supplement with fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamins A through E to bring those peepers to life. You can wake up feeling less tired, and ready to take on the day.
In addition, alcohol is dangerous substance and diuretic that zaps your body of the liquids and consequently the circulation of nutrients it needs to be in tip top shape. Over drinking can lower levels of zinc, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and folic acid, leading to weaker, more brittle hair. For gorgeous locks, you need plenty of nutrients and water, things that alcohol will push out.
Shred Unwanted Weight
Here’s the sans-alcohol benefit Taco Bell DOESN’T want you to know about! Most drinkers are familiar with the munchies you get after just a few drinks while out, so it should be no surprise that cutting out the alcohol can help you cut down on the excess calories. Whether it’s the carbs from beer, the sugar from mixed drinks, or the fast food you scarf down after a long night on the town, alcohol is almost always a net gain in unwanted calories. In fact, one study by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that examined the eating and drinking habits of 22,000 Americans, alcohol causes people to eat an extra 384 calories per day. In one month that could be more than 11,500 calories. If you want to quickly cut some weight, cutting out alcohol should be one of the first steps.
Better Skin, Better beauty
Alcohol is a bit of a thief. It robs us of our inhibitions, but it can also steal our pride, and if you’ve ever blacked out you know how it can steal time too. Well alcohol also likes to steal nutrition and electrolytes, leaving your body, and perhaps worst of all, your skin, dry and dehydrated. Like caffeine and tea, alcohol is a diuretic that, in effect, makes us pee more. Unlike caffeine and tea, alcohol also decreases the body’s production of hormones that help us reabsorb water, meaning we can’t just automatically get our body levels back to normal. Sure you can always pack a couple jugs of pedialyte under your bed, but it’s easier and more cost-effective to simply quit drinking if you want your skin to stay healthy and hydrated.
The thing about alcohol is that we can sometimes grow to rely on it as a means of being more social, outgoing, and to have a good time. When you get rid of the crutch of alcohol, it may be uncomfortable at first, but you will eventually learn how to be your authentic self. Alcohol is a way to numb some of the uncomfortable thoughts and feelings we experience, but learning to speak and be comfortable in your truth is one of the most beautiful things you can do.
Alcohol can be a good time, but you know what they say about too much of a good thing. It can be wonderful, but it can also do more harm than good. If you’re curious about how alcohol could be affecting your beauty and health, then try a simple sober month like Dry July or Sober October. P.S. You don’t have to limit yourself to a month that rhymes. If you’re concerned that you may have a substance or alcoholism problem that is out of your control, do not hesitate to find a local drug or alcohol rehab center near you.