At times, I’m guilty for imbibing beer like it is some sort of Gatorade or form of medicinal liquid enhancement. But, for the ones who do drink sensibly and moderate, there is many health benefits to be gained. Cheers!
Beer comes in many forms, such as: ales, lagers, bitter, stout, and wheat beers…
Jovial & fun, public beer drinking…
The Health Benefits of Drinking Beer!
The standard rule of moderation for alcohol is usually in the range of 1-2 daily drinks for females, and 2-3 drinks per day, for the males. I mean ‘drinks’ as a unit. One unit equals 1 – 12 oz. beer, roughly 6 oz. of wine, or 1 oz. of 100 proof liqueur. Personally, I look at moderation as being of a slightly higher quantity, but everyone has a different body and chemistry therein, so drink at your own discretion.
Health Benefits of Beer…
Obviously, beer helps relax the body. The hops found in beer, with or without the alcohol, relaxes the stomach. Hops is also considered to have anti-cancer properties. This has led many to believe that even if you’re consuming non-alcoholic beer, it still poses excellent health benefits.
Moderate consumption of alcohol is good for the mind and nerve cells, as this helps prevent dementia – in your later years.
Merely drinking 1 or 2 beers a day, has also been shown to reduce the risk of having high blood pressure.
Beer contains potassium, magnesium, selenium, chromium, silicon, and several forms of B vitamins. See, you can tell ’em you was just drinking for B vitamins & trace minerals…try that as an excuse, the next time you over-indulge. Ha-ha!
Beer is made of all natural ingredients, which is always a good thing.
Alcohol, in all forms, helps raise the good cholesterol (HDL).
Alcohol is well known for its ability to help prevent blood clots.
Beer does contain a fair amount of antioxidants & polyphenols from the hops and the cereal grains – that are found within this blissful beverage.
Beer enhances digestion, by stimulating the body to release extra pancreatic enzymes and digestive acids, etc.
The alcohol in beer and in other wines & spirits, reduces your chance of developing kidney stones and also minimizes your chances of developing gallstones.
It is an established fact, that alcohol dilates the blood vessels, hence improving blood circulation.
Moderate consumption of beer, helps prevent osteoporosis – due to the boosting bone-density effects (from the silicon in beer) on the body.
Moderate usage of alcohol, helps reduce the risk of suffering from a stroke.
Alcohol from beer, wine, spirits, etc., helps prevent heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases.
This is very apparent, but in case you didn’t know: alcohol can elevate the chemical serotonin (happy hormone) when consumed within limits. I think this can also apply to when you exceed the limits, as well, but the fallout sort of contradicts the happy – when you wake up the next day; especially if you wake up beside someone who doesn’t look as appealing as they did the night before. 😉
Beer is often used as marinades in cooking, helps tenderize meat, and adds flavor. It is also used in batters to make hush puppies, and hey, have you ever heard of beer battered chicken? Yummy!
There are many drinking games a person can play, when consuming alcohol with friends, but most likely, this would put a person past what is considered moderate…fun-fun!
Alcohol, of whatever type, is great for awkward first dates, or tense situations…as the relaxation effects of beer and/or alcohol transpires, this also brings lowered inhibitions and free-flowing speech – which makes everything that much more easier.
Interesting tidbit: This is something I learned about beer today, as I already knew of the health benefits, years ago. But listen to this, a quote from Wikipedia:
“Beer is one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, possibly dating back to the early Neolithic or 9000 BC, and is recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.” Wow! I didn’t know that it went that far back. You can call it the “antiquity of alcohol,” I suppose.
On the other hand, if you’re like me, and drink too much of this healthy stuff on a regular basis, exceed the “recommended level of moderation” and feel the need for liver protection…visit my page: Milk Thistle – Liver Detox.
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Dedicated Beer Babes!