Many people know that drinking alcohol too often or to excess is not a good idea, health-wise. But there are other things you should know about alcohol and the impact it can have your heart.
Some of the ways alcohol affects our health are well known, but others may surprise you. Here are six less-known effects that alcohol has on your body, as well as how your liver breaks it down.
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Even in moderation, alcohol may be hard on your heart. Some research suggests that having as little as one to three alcoholic drinks each day may increase your risk for atrial fibrillation (Afib). The most common abnormal heart rhythm, Afib causes symptoms including lack of energy, dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and chest pain. The findings are … Read More
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If you’re gonna blend up a Bloody Mary, why not sneak in some omega-3 fatty acids to boost the nutrients? The secret ingredient: kale. This leafy green is an excellent natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which aids memory and protects your heart and joints. That said, drink the alcohol in moderation so you don’t … Read More
Patients often ask whether it’s “heart healthy” to drink wine every day. The answer is that a small amount of wine each day may be beneficial, but as it turns out, there doesn’t seem to be anything special about wine.