We all have our go-to’s when it comes to alcohol. Believe it or not, some variations of alcohol are healthier than others! We’re here to guide you through some of the healthier options to drink this holiday season. See below for some of the top choices for a healthy and boozy holiday party!
Note** While there are actual health benefits in some of these types of alcohol, unfortunately, the amount of servings that you would need to get the said beneficial amount is not advisable. Excessive drinking can slow your metabolism, weaken the immune system, increase your risk for certain cancers, and damage your heart.
Alcohol is processed by our body very similarly as a sugary dessert. As the holiday festivities begin, it’s important to know that moderate alcohol consumption has been defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.
While there is evidence that alcohol may get in the way of your optimal health goals, if you do decide to imbibe, you may opt to choose your alcohol wisely (and in moderation).
- Vodka – Vodka is a friendly choice for most diets. It is filtered by charcoal which means your body will only process the alcohol and no other toxins. In particular, potato vodka would be a great choice because it is low in carbs, sugar free, and grain free!
- Gin – Gin is flavored with juniper berries which provide many benefits of antioxidants. It has properties that can improve circulation and decrease water retention.
- Tequila – Tequila has numerous health benefits, and is also one of the lowest in calories. Agavins, or the natural sugar found in tequila, are non-digestible much means they won’t raise your blood sugar levels! Because of this, the agave can help lower cholesterol and even promote weight loss!
- Whiskey – One serving of whiskey contains as many antioxidants as a single glass of red wine. Whiskey also contains ellagic acid which is known for its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants can help remove toxins from your body and protect against harmful molecules known as free radicals.
Here are some additional tips to feeling your best the day after a big drinking holiday:
- On the Rocks – Straight liquor, although not the tastiest, is the healthiest if served alone. While it can be tempting to add juice or soda to your alcoholic beverage, the carbonation, calories, and sugar can add up quickly. One serving of pineapple juice adds an extra 133 calories and 32 grams of carbs per beverage, while on the rocks, vodka contains only 97 calories and 0 carbs!
- Avoid Beer – While beer can be delicious, it can be notorious for getting you full fast and being loaded with carbs and calories. Lighter beers like Miller Light and Coors Light contain fewer calories and carbs, with that, they also contain a lower alcohol content, so be sure to only have 1 or 2!
- Eat and Drink.. Water! – One healthy habit to get into is to start drinking water in between every alcoholic beverage. The key to drinking “healthy” is to drink in moderation. It’s also always a good idea to make sure you are not drinking on an empty stomach. Eating before you start drinking will sway you away from the temptations of unhealthy foods once you are already drinking!
You can also try our Kombucha Cocktail to stay energized naturally. Kombucha offers a boost to your immune system and a kick of healthy probiotics!
If you’re looking for more health tips or have questions about food sensitivities or gut health, schedule a free consultation with our Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition team today!
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