First, I would like to thank my perceptive, caring and thoughtful spark friends who voiced their concern for my health. I am not an alcoholic, although alcohol is the ‘food’ I most struggle with. As some of are drawn to sweets or fats or salts, I am drawn to deep red wine. Alcoholism does run in my family genes (we had a Great Uncle Mumbles) and my mother would abstain from her Rose to prove she was not chemically dependent. I follow in her footsteps and give up alcohol for Lent each year.
It was then that I would lose the 5-10 pounds that kept me in a healthy weight range until I entered menopause. Not only did the weight not come off, but I continued to gain. (If you can’t tell I was not a physically active person and I still need to push myself to exercise…)
I continued to drink wine once I started my Spark journey in earnest (July 2009) and would read with interest the health articles pro and con. Was it good for your heart, cholesterol, what was considered moderation, etc..
Second, LIVELIGHTENFREE asked what I did with my gift from the Universe. As I was completing the Sleep Challenge in August, and waking with leg cramps, I researched some 'facts' about alcohol and sleep:
There are two main reasons why legs ache after drinking alcohol.
- One, alcohol intake increases the content of lactic acid in your body. Excessive build up of lactic acid in your body can lead to cramps or pain in your muscles.
- Two, alcohol leads to dehydration. Your body ends up falling short on electrolytes, and you tend to experience muscle pain or cramps.
Surprise, surprise - Water intake will not only hydrate you, but will also lessen the concentration of built-up lactic acid in your body.
As this is getting long, I will write more tomorrow how alcohol can interfere with the normal sleep process.
Namaste my friends