Q&A with Dr. Nicholas Perricone

Q: How can I enjoy a drink or two this holiday season while staying healthy?

A: The holidays often bring a lot of dinners and cocktail parties. In addition to rich foods, these festive events offer an abundance of wine, beer and cocktails. When it comes to alcohol, the best choice you can make is red wine due to its richness in flavonols and anti-aging antioxidants. But remember, moderation is key.

Studies show a daily glass of red wine offers the following:

  • Protection against certain cancers
  • Protection against heart disease
  • A positive effect on cholesterol levels and blood pressure

In addition to practicing moderation and keeping to red wine, you can also add things to your diet to protect your body from the toxins found in alcohol. A highly recommended spice to use to protect the liver, which detoxifies alcohol from the body, is curcumin, the substance that gives the spice turmeric its distinctive yellow color.

This much loved curry spice stops the changes caused by excessive alcohol consumption that lead to liver damage. I recommend mixing 1/4 teaspoon with a little water. This amazing spice will also lower blood sugar and provide superior antioxidant protection. A recent study also reported that consuming fresh strawberries helped protect the stomach lining from the effects of alcohol.

And don't forget the artichokes. Two very critical antioxidants, cynarin and another antioxidant, silymarin protect the liver from alcohol and may also help to regenerate liver tissue. And if you are looking puffy from overindulging, artichokes function as a safe and natural diuretic to help you lose the puffiness and restore the youthful contours to face and body.

Should you overindulge, drinking fresh, pure spring water and taking the right blend of nutritional supplements will help repair the internal and external damage that greets you the following morning. Try this cocktail of supplements:

  • 10 -12 ounce glass of water
  • 1000 milligrams of vitamin C
  • 1200 milligrams of N-acetyl cysteine
  • 100 milligrams of alpha lipoid acid
  • 1000 mg glutamine
  • 500 milligrams of pantothenic acid
  • B-complex capsule

Enjoy the holiday season and remember, a little preparation and moderation are both key elements in staying healthy while enjoying a seasonal toast or two.

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