international beer day

Surprising Benefits of Beer

Everyone loves a good pint now and then, but did you know that beer actually has some surprising health benefits that you probably didn’t know about?
As with everything, health benefits are only beneficial in moderation, so remember to drink responsibly.

  1. Good for your teeth
    If you don’t brush your teeth regularly you’ll probably notice the texture of them becoming slimy. This is caused by biofilm and it’s formed from the same bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. In the Journal of biomedicine and Biotechnology in 2012, studies showed that certain beers blocked the activity of gum disease causing bacteria! While it’s scientifically proven to help prevent these diseases, we still recommend brushing regularly!
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  3. Healthy hearty beer
    Massive studies have been conducted between heart disease and beer and found that people who drink between a half and two pints daily, compared to abstainers, have a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease.
    Beer has huge benefits for people who already have heart disease as well. According to a Harvard research report, men who had survived a heart attack, and drank a couple of beers each day, were almost half as likely to die over the next 20 years.
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  5. Prevents kidney stones
    In a 2013 study of almost 200,000 patients, research showed that drinking beer reguarly could reduce the likelihood of kidney stones by up to 60 percent.
    “Our study suggests that beer consumption is associated with reduced risk of forming stones in three large U.S. cohorts” – Pietro Manuel Ferraro, MD
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  7. Great for bone building
    An abundant source of silicon can be found in beer, which is important for maintaining and building healthy bones. According to a study in 2010, IPA’s, or Indian Pale Ales, and beers with lots of hopes and malted barley are the best beers for silicon.

 
There are lots of health benefits of drinking beer, these are just a few that we found interesting. So next time you’re feeling guilty about sipping a pint after work, just think of all the health benefits you’re gaining! Remember to drink responsibly and in moderation.

6 Surprising Health Benefits of Tequila

It’s national tequila day, but did you know that tequila has some surprising health benefits. Here are 6 interesting facts and benefits of tequila; we’re talking about quality tequila, not that cheap stuff from the corner shop. Remember to drink responsibly and within your recommended weekly units.

  1. Tequila can help you lose weight
    Tequila has a particular kind of sugar in it called agavins, which posses some weight-loss properties. The special molecular structure of agavins doesn’t raise the blood sugar, meaning that many of the calories pass through the system unused, unlike other alcohol sugars, helping dissolve fats and stimulate the metabolism.
  2. Helps with Digestion
    Because Teuila helps stimulate your metabolism, it helps with your digestion. Many communities have a shot of tequila before or after a meal to soothe and assist digestion.
  3. Tequila is a Probiotic
    Probiotics are healthy bacteria that are naturally occurring in the intestines. Responsible for our immune system and keeping a healthy balance in our bodies. Fructans, from which tequila is derived from, can help these good bacteria flourish. If you get drunk off tequila it will most likely have the opposite effect, but a small amount could help.
  4. Tequila may help fight osteoporosis
    Agavins in tequila has been linked in several studies that help aid the body absorb calcium, which can be an option for preventing fragile or brittle bones.
  5. Tequila may lower the chances of Dementia
    In this BBC report, they state that studies show a link between moderate alcohol drinkers and lower incidence of dementia later in life. The study also showed a correlation between people drinking too much alcohol and having a higher chance of dementia onset.
  6. It doesn’t give you a hangover.
    The decent, 100% agave tequila won’t give you a hangover, whereas the cheaper brands will be full of other sugars that will most likely give you a hangover.

While no alcoholic drink is healthy, if you’re in the mood for a drink, Tequila isn’t such a bad choice (in moderation).