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Drink Wine and Be Healthy

Drink Wine and Be Healthy

Author: Joe Sage, NASM-CPT, CES, WLS, FNS

Do you love wine, but worry about sabotaging your health? Drinking wine in moderation has been shown to have some positive benefits. Although, drinking wine above a moderate level, the risks quickly outweigh the benefits. According to the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, moderate drinking is defined as one 5oz drink a day for women and two 5oz drinks a day for men.

Just like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, alcohol provides calories as well. It provides 7 calories per gram. However, the body has no way to store alcohol, so breaking down and metabolizing alcohol becomes the body’s main objective. Liver cells work to detoxify and break down alcohol, but the liver can only break down a certain amount of alcohol per hour, which is why it is important to know how much you are drinking. One way to reduce how quickly alcohol enters the bloodstream is to not drink on an empty stomach. Food present in the stomach will delay how quickly alcohol is absorbed. Try to be mindful of your portion size, as those calories can quickly add up. Like many other indulgent foods in our diets, staying within moderation will satisfy those cravings without sabotaging your health.

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Did You Know? #3

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FACT: About 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet. US adults consume an average of 3,400 mg/day [of sodium], well above the current federal guideline of less than 2,300 mg daily. Reducing the sodium Americans eat by 1,200mg per day on could save up to $20 billion a year in medical costs.

 

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Jan’s Wellness Journey

Jan’s Wellness Journey

Author: Jan Frazier, Member

I embarked on my fitness journey at age 67 mostly out of desperation. I needed a program to help me walk, stand and sit without pain. My job required standing (on concrete floors) for several hours at a time. Because of the standing and incorrect posture, I developed sciatica. I started my program at a commercial gym. After about six weeks or so, I knew that what I was doing there was not working for me. I was not seeing the results that I had hoped for and was looking for help in other areas. I heard about Achieve Wellness and decided to see what they had to offer. First, I scheduled a therapeutic massage and then another one. I was amazed at what the massage alone did for the pain. I then scheduled an appointment with a trainer who started me out with stretching and using a foam roller. More progress after those sessions made me realize that this was the place for me.

I was beginning to experience some relief from the sciatic pain because of the stretching and roller use and even more relief when the stretching session was preceded with a 30 minute therapeutic massage. When I began this program, I had never really thought about a fitness goal other than finding a program that would eliminate the pain I was living with. I have since revised that goal to include milestones that I felt I needed to achieve for my personal satisfaction and well-being. During the past six months I have worked diligently at home as well as with the trainers at Achieve Wellness.

I cannot say enough about the caring attitude of the staff and their dedication to the health, well-being and success of their clientele. They also emphasize the importance of proper form and posture as a must to prevent injuries. Not only have I thrived from the individual attention from the trainers, but I have found other benefits at Achieve Wellness which contribute to my own well-being and success. Due to an equilibrium problem caused by partial hearing loss, the beginning Yoga class has helped a great deal in achieving stability and increased flexibility as well.

The nutrition class was an eye opener in that I have never been told that I needed to eat more! My food diary reflected a lack of balance in the protein/carbohydrates/fat percentages in my diet. I have progressed from stretching to more intensive muscle strengthening. The sciatica is now history. And yet another surprise: I have lost ten pounds along the way! Even more recently, I had to go through radiation treatments. My doctors recommended that I stay active and take yoga classes during the course of my treatments to alleviate symptoms of fatigue. I continued with the exercise and yoga routine and both have helped tremendously. I have literally “sailed” through my treatments with no adverse effects.

 

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