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Well, if the first glass to cheer your friends gave you a tiny sensation of warmth and if you are expecting the second glass to make you feel warm on a cold cold night, then you have got another thing coming.
Drinking alcohol is the last thing you should use as a heating method.
In reality, even though one drink could give you the sensation of getting warmer, it actually lowers total body temperature. As you intake alcohol, your blood vessels dilate causing warm blood to pass through closer to the surface of the skin. This is why you feel warm for a moment. After that warm blood is pumped through dilated vessels close to the surface of the skin where you start losing core heat. For this reason alcohol becomes your fast ticket to suffering hypothermia in a cold environment.
An adult human body is made up of 50 to 65% water. Alcohol drinks are diuretic; that is, such drinks will dehydrate your body. Alcohol will hinder your body from producing vasopressin, the anti-diuretic hormones, that will push your kidney to work twice as hard in order to remove excess water in your system. Keeping in mind that the skin is the largest organ in the body, this dehydration will leave your organs parched. As the skin dries inside out, it becomes more prone to the formation of wrinkles. On top of that, the skin will also take on a more pale grayish color; that is because alcohol depletes vitamin A from the body. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that is crucial for the body’s cell renewal and turnover.
A recent study made by the National Rosacea Society showed that 52 percent of 1,066 patients surveyed, suffered from a trigger in their condition and the primary reason was alcohol consumption. Patients suffering from rosacea or run the risk of unwanted permanent redness, will often see a worsening condition when drinking alcohol because of the dilation of some vessels that succumb to the pressure and burst.
Several campaigns have been launched in order to encourage women to reduce their alcohol consumption in 2013. For example, the campaign launched in Scotland, includes a smart phone app, called the “Drinking Mirror” that shows people how they will age should they drink too much. This campaign that particularly targets women encourages the drinkers to think of the health effects as well as deformations that will occur in their appearance.
“Evidence shows us that most people who drink alcohol, particularly at home, have no idea of how much they are actually consuming,” said Alex Neil, the Scottish health minister. “This campaign will show people how small changes to their drinking habits can have a significant impact on their health and wellbeing.”
Also, the doctor who helped with the making “Drinking Mirror” as realistic as possible also stated that:
“Alcohol undoubtedly has an effect on our appearance in the short and long-term,” says GP Dr Samantha Robson. “As well as causing bloating and dark circles under your eyes, alcohol dries out skin and can lead to wrinkles and premature aging.
“Many people forget that alcohol also affects their sleep, which doesn’t do skin any favors. But drinking more than you should, over time can have other, more permanent, detrimental effects on your skin and more importantly your overall health.”
Another similar campaign carried out by the Drug and Alcohol Service of London (DASL) is also targeting female drinkers by bringing awareness to the health effects that alcohol addiction brings; such as hair loss, wrinkles and obesity, plus the other problems like breast cancer, early menopause and memory loss. The campaign’s ad that is spotted in London and is part of DASL campaign is of an alcoholic woman whose face is horribly altered to look more like a man.
The next time you get a chill from the cold weather outside or the tingling urge to have alcohol drinks, take a long look in the mirror and enjoy the sight… it might be the last time you see it. It is true that beauty is not only skin deep, it goes even deeper, it goes to what your body intakes.
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There are 53 facial muscles that play a part in expressing happiness. Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain and conflict, and a good, hard laugh balances your mind and body, and has physical, mental and social benefits to boot. Here are just a few of them.
- Boosts immunity
- Triggers endorphins, the feel-good hormone and the body’s natural pain killers
- Reduces stress hormones
- Improves blood circulation and helps prevents heart diseases
- Adds joy and zest to life
- Eases anxiety and fear
- Relieves stress
- Improves overall mood
- Strengthens relationships
- Attracts others to you
- Enhances teamwork
- Confuse your enemies
Laughter is your birth right. Babies begin to smile during their first weeks and laugh out loud only a few months after birth. So go on, give us a loud one.
If you’re the serious type, then start by smiling; it’s contagious! Smile to anything and everything that is even mildly pleasing. Traffic got you down? Smile at the horrible driver that almost caused a crash. Low on cash? Smiles are free! Give it some time, and you’ll be laughing like a pro. You’ll feel happier, more relaxed and more creative in just a couple of weeks.
You may not be able to laugh everything off, but do try to keep things in perspective; don’t carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, and process your stress before it gets the best of you. Life will bring on many problems, so try not to become the problem yourself. If you don’t think life give you enough opportunities to laugh, then just create your own!
How to create opportunities to laugh?
- Pick funny movies and TV series; ditch the drama, and pick the comedies
- Know a funny friend? Even if you think they’re a bit silly, hang out with them!
- Play with a pet, if you like animals, and play with kids! Children are masters at turning problems into games.
- Do something outrageously silly every day, something you never thought you could do. Do it to make other people laugh; remember, it’s contagious!
When was the last time you laughed so hard that you cried? If you cannot remember, then you really need to do something about it. You’re missing out on nature’s best free medicine, so come on, get with the program!