The Clean-up

Men's Health (Australia) - - Health -

Let’s work off that bar-tab. First, the booze. Rather than sud­denly turn­ing tee­to­tal, aim to have two to three days al­co­hol-free per week, in line with ad­vice from the Royal Col­lege of Physi­cians. Count the money you save: based on three schooners, three days a week, you’ll gain $288 per month.

At work, fuel your body with four cups of cof­fee. This was shown to off­set liver dam­age from al­co­hol by 80 per cent in the Ar­chives of

In­ter­nal Medicine. Then hit the bike: cy­cling just 30km a week cuts your heart dis­ease risk in half, says the Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, help­ing to pay back the glass-by­glass dam­age to your ticker.

Back this ef­fect up in the kitchen, with vi­ta­min B-rich veg such as broc­coli or bok choy. “Peo­ple with a high fruit and veg in­take have low ho­mo­cys­teine lev­els,” says di­eti­tian Dale Rees. This amino acid is a good in­di­ca­tor of car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk.

Try tak­ing milk this­tle tablets. “The key fac­tor is sily­marin, a flavonoid which is shown to pro­tect your liver,” says Rees. Com­bine this sup­ple­ment with seaweed ex­tract: the Univer­sity of South Carolina found it low­ers your risk of metabolic syn­drome – an­other re­sult of years spent at the bar.

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