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Exercise may help heal an alcohol damaged body


(NaturalNews) Though it may be a fun and enjoyable pastime, drinking alcohol unfortunately has many harmful effects on our bodies that can be difficult to reverse. However, there's good news, especially for you fitness fanatics. New research shows that exercise may effectively offset the adverse effects of alcohol consumption, including an increased risk of early death.

The risk of death among individuals exceeding the minimum recommended amount of exercise weekly was lower from all causes, according to an analysis of eight British population-based surveys.

The study from the University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that the risk of dying from cancer as a result of alcohol was almost erased among those who exercised regularly.

Regular exercise may protect you against early death caused by alcohol consumption, new research suggests

The authors said that the findings support previous research "suggesting that drinking alcohol and physical activity are both linked to chronic disease but work in opposite ways."

Previous research shows a strong association between heavy drinking and the risk of early death. Those who drank heavily had a 31 to 54 percent chance of dying early, the research showed.

A groundbreaking study was released in July that tied alcohol consumption to at least seven different cancers.

Published in the July 21 edition of the journal Addiction, the study found "strong evidence" suggesting that alcohol causes many cancers, including of the oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast.

While the fact that alcohol causes cancer is not new information, study author Jennie Connor, MB, ChB, MPH, from the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, in Dunegin, New Zealand, published the results to clarify the message once and for all.

Alcohol causes at least seven different cancers

"In the public and the media, statements made by the world's experts are often given the same weight as messages from alcohol companies and their scientists. Overall messages become unclear. For these reasons, the journal [Addiction] has tagged this piece [her review] as 'For Debate,' " she told Medscape Medical News.

She adds that phrases such as "alcohol-related cancer" and "alcohol-attributed cancer" sometimes muddy the waters about the solid proof that alcohol does cause cancer.

The latest study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine is the first to observe whether or not the health benefits of exercise have an effect on the increased risk of death tied to alcohol consumption.

Scientists reached their conclusion after analyzing data involving information about drinking and exercise on 36,370 adults 40 years of age and older.

The research found that regular exercise, or 150 minutes of moderate-to-intense exercise weekly, reduced death from all causes including heart disease. The take-away is that you can reverse the adverse effects of engaging in unhealthy behaviors.

In other words, it's okay to have a little fun every now and then, as long as you take care of your health as a whole – and don't let that hangover prevent you from getting your heart rate up.

The aging effects of booze

Minimizing your alcohol intake is also beneficial when it comes to reducing the effects of aging. Los Angeles-based dermatologist Dr. Lancer, who treats Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham, says it can take your skin two to four weeks to recover from a night out of drinking.

Drinking alcohol affects our appearance both in the short and long-term, as it causes bloating, dark under-eye circles and drying of the skin, which accelerates the aging process and leads to wrinkles.

"Alcohol dehydrates the body generally and the skin causing dryness and wrinkles. Too much alcohol can deprive the skin of vital vitamins and nutrients needed for a healthy glowing complexion," Caroline Hitchock, Simple Skin Expert and facialist told the UK's Daily Mail.

To eliminate or reduce blemishes following a boozy night out, Dr. lancer recommends eating a bowl of kale with balsamic vinaigrette and grilled organic chicken.





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