Friends holding glass of red wine while having mealHave you had a chance to try some of the Blue Zones tips for being more active, eating less or including more plant-based foods in your diet?  I’d love to hear about any changes you’ve made.

In this Blue Zones lesson we take a look at the consumption of alcohol, especially wine.

Centenarians in all Blue Zones, except Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, drink wine moderately but regularly. The Okinawans have a daily glass of sake while in Sardinia and Greece it’s a glass of dark red wine, and always with family and friends.

While numerous studies show that moderate drinkers have lower rates of heart disease, more recent studies link even low consumption of alcohol to increased risk of cancers, particularly breast cancer (confusing, isn’t it!). So the decision about whether to not to have a daily tipple is something that each of us has to weigh up depending on our personal risk. This WebMD article may answer some of your questions.

So, how can you integrate this Blue Zones lesson into your life?

  • Sardinian Cannenau wine has two to three times the level of flavonoids as other wines. It’s available in Australia via some wine merchants, especially online, but if you can’t track it down, the recommendation is to aim for high-quality red wine, especially those with a darker colour.
  • Enjoy a glass or two of red wine with good friends and/of family, with nuts as an appetiser or a plant-based meal, and you’ve ticked off three Blue Zones lessons!
  • If you’re concerned about the alcohol/breast cancer risk versus heart health benefits of moderate consumption, talk with your GP or naturopath.
  • Many health experts also recommend a couple of alcohol-free days each week.

If you’d like help implementing Blue Zones tips, or staying motivated and inspired to achieve your health and wellness goals, please get in touch.

Source: The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer from the people who’ve