Skip the gym & drink red wine instead, it's just as good for you!

Wine glassNow THIS is science we could all get behind. A new study shows that drinking red wine is as good for you as going to the gym! Now all those nights you decided to sit back and watch yourself some Scandal while drinking a glass of red instead of hitting the treadmill were worth it. Works for me!

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A group of researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada found that red wine along with nuts and grapes contain resveratrol, a complex that helps the heart, muscles, and bones perform better, much like an intense workout improves these functions. Not only do the antioxidants in red wine help with heart health, but let's face it: a little relaxation with a glass of wine also does wonders for the mind. And now that we've got science to back it up, we can indulge guilt-free because, you know, it's for your own good, right?

But before you lushes start throwing back those bottles or demanding that your doctor prescribe you his favorite label, remember that too much of a good thing could turn harmful. Stick to one glass of red wine at dinner time to get the antioxidant benefits, prevent blood clots, bring down cholesterol levels, and reduce your risks for Type 2 diabetes and colon cancer.

I usually only drink during social situations because I've always considered alcohol as more harmful than beneficial, but the other night I drew a hot bath, poured myself a glass of port wine, and played some Adele. I sat in there feeling my worries slowly wash away and wondering why on earth I don't treat myself like this more often. Maybe now that we've got a bit more evidence touting the benefits of a daily glass of vino, I'll join the rest of you in pouring myself a yummy drink each evening.

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