Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wine about the weather.

Yesterday I took up drinking red wine, for the health benefits, of course. I had a glass of semi-sweet German red wine, during the horrendous storms we had here that spawned several tornadoes.
I lamented that the single glass of wine wasn't really helping me to 'relax' though. I understand that may have been expecting a little too much from my first glass of wine. The storms were really bad and tornadoes were all around us.

The storms ended up passing by to the north, and to the south of us while we were in the middle of the whole scary mess. But the tornadoes left us alone. I don't think it's completely unrealistic to say that the wine saved the day.  Now while I may not have scientific studies to prove that theory I do have the following facts.

1. There were bad storms headed our way.
2. I drank a glass of red wine.
3. The storms missed us.
4.  Wine has proven health benefits.
5. It's a health benefit to avoid tornadoes.

You may feel there is little merit to my theory that the single glass of wine I consumed during that storm had any positive affect on the weather.

However, the weather folks predicted that today would see the same bad weather patterns move through here.

I had another glass of wine.

The storms did not come.

Coincidence? I think not!

Tonight I had some Italian sweet red wine.  I think I am onto something here. At the very least, more research is needed.

Monday, April 28, 2014

To your health!

My life is full of irony. I have come to accept that as a fact.

I never used to drink alcohol. I didn't smoke or do drugs. I ate healthy, fresh food, all the "good" things.  Then one day, I was diagnosed with cancer. Everything changed.  Long story short my body is now very damaged from all the chemo, radiation etc. I have joint damage, nerve damage, daily constant pain, the list goes on.  I'm happy to be alive, after being told I would not survive. I continue to give 'the bird' to cancer.  But here comes the irony...

I have been reading lately about the health benefits of red wine.  Yes, that's what I said - health benefits of red wine.

According to research a glass of red wine a day (or two for men) has many anti-aging benefits including making your skin glow and your hair grow.  It also helps you to "relax" which in turn has health benefits.  There are studies that show people who drink red wine on a regular basis have a significantly lower risk of Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes, and all of the things that go along with aging. The antioxidants in red wine may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) and protecting against artery damage. It can it can also lower the prevalence of kidney disease. Studies indicate that regular wine drinkers have an 80% lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. And, reports show that wine drinkers live five years longer than a teetotaler.

I was a teetotaler, until today.

Today I decided to do something for my health that I never imagined I would do. I'm taking up drinking red wine!

The health benefits of drinking red wine are irrefutable. And so, for the sake of my health I went to the store to purchase myself some red wine.  I started out with a sweet red Italian and a semi-sweet red German wine.

I may not have a taste for wine, but by golly I aim to develop one. 

Here's to your health!