With holiday and new year festivities drawing to a close, I am sure everyone is ready for a fresh start in 2021. December is a time to celebrate which can mean sipping on champagne and having a glass or two of wine. Dry January has become increasingly popular in the last few years as more and more people want to step into the new year in the best way possible and are left craving an alcohol detox after this festive period. So, hit the refresh button in 2021 and experience your first dry January! Being in lockdown you might be leaning towards a pint at the end of day but here are some of the many benefits of participating in Dry January…
A Good Night’s Sleep
It may seem that alcohol knocks you out soon as you hit your pillow but it is in fact the opposite. Alcohol reduces your rapid eye movement sleep (REM) which is why you might wake up in the middle of the night or wake up in the morning feeling groggy, drowsy and experience poor concentration. Research indicates that alcohol consumption before bedtime reduces melatonin production by nearly 20 percent. Melatonin plays an important role in the regulation of sleep cycles.
Alcohol doesn’t directly cause acne but it disrupts hormone levels which can cause acne breakouts after drinking. The sebaceous glands are overly stimulated when drinking leading to an overproduction of sebum. When sebum mixes with the bacteria on our skin, this is the perfect environment for a new spot to pop up. Alcohol is a diuretic meaning that it increases the production of urine which can cause dehydration. Dehydrated skin often looks dull and sunken. So, here is a friendly reminder to stay hydrated even when you aren’t drinking!
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Research published in the British Medical Journal stated that quitting drinking for a month can: lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and reduce diabetes risk. Not only this but participating in Dry January can aid weight loss. Drinking alcohol adds liquid calories which are potent fat builders and when most people cut these out they don’t replace them causing a calorie deficit.
Whilst drinking can alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression in the short term, it can have negative long term effects on your mental health. A study conducted by Lovinger (1997) showed the negative effects on mood stability as it was found that alcohol depletes the brain’s serotonin levels.
Take Your Detox to the Next Level
Try out Love Yourself’s Juice Cleanse this January! Juicing is about so much more than weight loss. Once you start feeding your body the nutrition it needs, your body can begin to heal. It is a quick and delicious way to ensure you are consuming all the right vitamins, minerals, nutrients, phytonutrients, and live enzymes your body needs for optimum health. To learn more about the benefits click here.
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By Pooja Depala