Cigarettes and alcohol

Health / 18.08.20150 comments

Alcohol use takes a particularly heavy toll on women, which is why lower levels of drinking are recommended for women than for men.

Women are at a greater risk than men for developing alcohol-related problems. If you were not motivated to quit or reduce your intake before, consider this simple fact:

the moment you cease drinking, is the moment your skin and internal organs will begin to regain youthful qualities.  By increasing your intake of healthy, nutritional foods & plenty of water your recovery will be greatly accelerated and your reward will be highly visible when you look in the mirror.

Alcohol passes through the digestive tract and is dispersed in water in the body.  The more water available, the more diluted the alcohol.  As a rule, men weigh more than women and, pound for pound, women have less water in their bodies than men do.  Therefore, a woman’s brain and other organs are exposed to more alcohol and to more of the toxic by-products that result when the body breaks down and eliminates the alcohol.  If you do choose to drink, try to select red wine as it has powerful anti-aging and antioxidant benefits.

The effects of smoking on skin aging have been recognized for a long time.  A 1965 study first identified what came to be known as “smoker’s face”-gray, pale and wrinkled skin.  In recent years it has become broadly accepted that the skin is damaged by smoking making smokers look older than non-smokers of the same chronological ages.

The Chief Medical Officer of the UK highlighted the link between smoking and skin damage, saying that smoking adds between 10 and 20 years to your natural age!  So, how does smoking speed up skin damage?  It all starts with the free radicals formed in your body by exposure to tobacco smoke.  As we know, free radicals are highly unstable and powerful molecules that cause inflammation, resulting in disease and damage to cell DNA.  The cells of your body start behaving erratically, producing a range of responses that make your skin age faster.

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