This is something that has been on my mind for quite some time and I’ve decided that it is time to share. While I do enjoy a glass of wine or other bevvie from time to time, I am concerned that as a society we are putting way too much emphasis on alcohol containing elixirs.

As I scroll through social media or watch television, a theme keeps popping up over and over again. The message that I see is that it is completely normal and expected that human beings require alcohol in order to get through their lives. Especially moms. Moms need, ‘mommy juice,’ at the end of the day for a job well done and as a tool to relax from a busy day. Men also have a great deal of ads targeted to them, and a sense that a drink is required for unwinding. Today though, I am focusing on women’s health. Sorry fellas.Mocktail

Here is the thing, while we can find studies that sing the praises of regular red wine consumption, there are plenty of studies that are sending women warning messages that we need to be careful about just how much we are consuming.

Alcohol consumption can have a big impact on how well our hormones function. For women who experience hot flashes, one of the triggers can actually be red wine. Alcohol consumption can also increase women’s risk factors for developing breast cancer. According to a recent article from CBC news, with peer reviewed research cited, drinking 3 to 6 alcoholic beverages per week increases the risk of breast cancer in women by 15%. Women who drink 2 glasses of wine daily have a 50% increase in their risk of breast cancer.

Did you know that the compounds that are associated with red wine’s health benefits are also found in regular red grapes? That means that wine is not required to obtain the health benefits associated with resveratrol & flavonoids. Want to benefit from reduced risk of blood clots, lower LDL levels, reduced damage to blood vessels in your heart and better blood pressure? Eat some red grapes, fancy up a glass of grape juice by adding sparkling water, or give this recipe a spin for a mean mocktail.

serves 10 – 12

1 litre red grape juice
1 c orange juice
2-3 cups sparkling water
1 bag frozen mixed berries
2 limes – 1 squeezed & 1 sliced
1 orange, sliced

As for unwinding? Try taking a hot bath, listening to inspiring or funny podcasts, sitting on your porch, walking in nature or while chatting with a friend. Your body will thank you.