Wine has its place at the dinner table or dinner party, especially during the holidays. It may also be contributing to the inflammation and pain you’re experiencing days later. You may say, “But it helps me unwind at the end of the day and I enjoy it.” Yes, unwinding can be beneficial but I find that most patients I talk to about their habits often are not recognizing the impact alcohol has on the fluids in our body systems. I want to bring it to your attention that one reason you may be in an inflammatory pain situation is drinking more than one half a glass of wine in an evening could be contributing to the pain you’re experiencing that is not clearing up as easily as it once did.
Since I have been working with Manual Lymph Drainage –MLD--I have seen the impact wine can have on fluid retention. The MLD will help resolve and manage the overflow or inflammation in the body, but the body needs your help as well. Drinking more water is the biggest help. So what do you do at a party where it is easy to loose track of how many glasses or just the ease wine or beer goes down from the mouth and into the stomach? You can make sure you go to the party well hydrated to begin with. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to drink water you can try adding a drop of lemon oil or wild orange oil into the water to help with the taste and the absorption of the water. If drinking more water makes you frequent the bathroom more than you want, it may be your body ridding itself of the extra fluids, and if you’re patient with the process it will all normalize as your body gets its proper hydration. To help with good hydration get into the good habit of drinking one full glass water first thing in the morning. We keep a glass of water in the bathroom each night to have ready to drink each day. Going into your day well hydrated will help you at your party, too, because you won’t be so thirsty on a cellular level. What that means to you is that you will feel less stress because of ease of metabolic activity.
Wishing you all the best this Holiday season with gratitude and love.