Red wine loves your gut flora.

Bonjour,

You already know that I LOVE Champagne -If not, click here to know why.

You know I LOVE red wine too if you have read my 5 Cheat Foods Guide: 

  • One of the most delicious drinks on the planet, red wine is packed with flavonoids and resveratrol. Its powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities protect the artery walls from free radicals.
  • Red wine could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 40% and increase longevity. No surprise the French enjoy longer and healthier lives.
  • No surprise either red wine is currently getting a lot of traction with -finally!- the huge come-back of the Mediterranean diet (which includes the French diet and abides by the French Paradox principles).

Recent research identified ANOTHER REASON to worship red wine – well… ALWAYS in moderation: red wine is actually highly beneficial for our gut flora by helping good bacteria to flourish while minimising the development of bad ones! Our gut flora affects every cell in our body and can help prevent many diet-related conditions: weight gain, ageing, depression and chronic diseases. Yes, our health starts in our gut:

Wine for your glut flora.

One (or two) glass a day.

  • There are about 6,000 strains of bacteria in a healthy gut. Balance and diversity of these bacteria are required to maintain health. Our heavily pasteurised diet and modern lifestyle jeopardise our gut flora: sugar, processed foods, medication, exposure to chemicals and stress dramatically reduce the number of good bacteria.
  • When the gut flora is unbalanced, the digestion is impacted: you aren’t able to make the most of the food you eat, which consequently makes you feel less full and hungrier, increases insulin resistance directly making you fat.
  • The gut flora of an overweight person (i.e. more than 65% of the population in Australia or New Zealand!) will not only have less diversity than in a slimmer person’s flora but will also be more populated with bad bacteria, encouraging inflammation and weight gain. Terrible vicious circle. If you want to know more about how to protect your gut flora, click to go to my recent post here.
Red wine for gut flora.

Our gut flora says: MERCI!

However this is not a permit to binge drinking! You can reap the benefits of red wine if you drink up to 2-3 glasses of red wine per day for men and up to 1-2 for women. More glasses and all health benefits are gone, leaving you with serious health risk associated to the amount of alcohol. So, most of the time, stick to 1 to 2 glasses per day.

Here are a few other principles to master the art of red wine the French way:

  • Use proper wines glasses and only half or 2/3 full. And, no, I’m not talking about those fish bowls.
  • Then ‘let it breathe': wine needs to be exposed to air to express its full aroma.
  • Enjoy it with your eyes and your nose first. Look at it, its colour, the light going through. Smell it. Close your eyes. 
  • Then drink it slowly, enjoying each sip.
  • Enjoy it WITH food. Never by itself.
  • Try organic with little or no chemicals, in particular sulphites, cause of many allergies. 

À la vôtre! … And enjoy (in moderation as always!).

Yves

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