Beer, the liquid bread and medicine.
Moderate consumption of beer prolongs life and its quality.
Healthy lifestyle and healthy diet is a trend in present days that interest everyone. The benefits from moderate consumption of hops based beverages are found to be quite a lot.
For our ancestors, drinking beer was more safe than drinking water from a free source. When seeing how many pathogens are found in a free source - we find why.
There are a lot of harmful bacteria in free water sources, that cannot survive in beer:
- Salmonella Typhimurium
- Shigella sonnei
- Escherihia coli
The actual reason is not known but probably has something to do with lower pH and high Carbon dioxide in beer, some bitter compounds in hops and lower oxygen in the beverage. (the 5% alcohol in beer itself cannot kill bacteria).
So far, the moderate consumption of beer gives
- better quality of life,
- healthier kidneys,
- lowers stress levels,
- lowers risk of osteoporosis,
- gives more elasticity to blood vessels,
- betters blood coagulation,
Giving yourself even part of what's listed above will prolong life with at least 10 years.
In medical journals lately is seen that often drinking beer is recommended by doctors to their customers. 1 litre for males (~2 pints) and 1/2 litre for females (~1 pint) is a healthy replacement for 300 to 600 kcal from the daily meals.
The problem is ;) - we very often ADD beers to daily meals, instead of replacing them.
Beer has been on the dinner table of every culture in the past. It has malt, hops and yeast. All that is present in a loaf of bread, but in liquid form. Being liquid, allows the beer to be assimilated faster in the body than bread and will not expand additionally in the stomach, giving bloated and sleepy feeling after dinner. Comparing to bread, it has also
- Less calories
- Vitamin B
- No fat
- Easy carbohydrates
Lately, some of the people in the blogosphere that I follow started brewing their own beer at home.
I've even seen picture of Patrick Volkerding (A Linux guru) brewing his own rounds at home. That made me quite curiuos, why and how to do it. Then a friend of mine almost shouted
"Are you mad? Home made beer is best and you are absolutely sure that it is clean of E's, preservatives and other chemicals"
So I suppose next month I will establish my first home brewery. Until then - I'll stick to what's in the store.
Beer and diabetes.
Contrary to the belief, carbs in beer are not harmful in normal beer consumption.
Beer increases the insulin sensitivity and thus lowers the risk of type II diabetes.
Some international labs claim a moderate beer drinking can reduce the risk of metabolite syndrome X (usually a pre-diabetes condition). Syndrome X symptoms include weight gain and inability to maintain lower weight regardless of a diet. (Weight gain is often around the waist and belly.)
Other symptoms include higher triglycerides, insulin resistance, high blood glucose levels, high blood pressure, lower HDL cholesterol (a.k.a. "Good" cholesterol).
All those symptoms are mutual with type II diabetes and heart diseases.
Even with normal insulin secretion, when insulin resistance is present, the "sugars" entering the blood stream are not metabolized and they remain in free circulation.
Moderate beer consumption alleviate the symptoms and reduce the risk of complications.
Beer is also considered having low GI. (Glycemic Index) and some diet gurus recommend eating low GI foods for better results and lower risk of diabetes.
Beer and diet.
Having said enough about the health benefits, we can tell few more things about the beer.
Spanish and Swiss scientists made independent researches about moderate beer consumption and weight gain.
The Spanish group examined more than 1000 people in the Carlos III gerontology clinic in Barcelona and found that moderate consumption leads often to small weight loss. Most of the people were involuntary using the "Mediterranean diet". In basic, it is:
- Salted fish
- Olive oil
- Olives and capers
- Red wine/beer
Daily beer consumption is something normal due to the warmer Mediterranean climate. It goes between 1 to 3 beers daily. (One normal beer drink is about one pint (500 ml) and is worth 210-250 Kcal of energy. Normally a grown up person burns 2000+ Kcal per day just from normal activity.)
Similar results were observed by the Swiss group of scientists.
They examined a large group of above 6000 people aged between 25 and 75 years.
Mainly, the lab tests were focused on moderate alcohol consumption in Diabetes and Insulin resistance. For clean result, the alcohol consumption was measured additionally by biochemical tests.
Based on the results, they concluded that people consuming low-to-normal quantities of alcohol have lowest risk of diabetes and heart diseases. While heavy drinkers and abstainers have highest risk.
All results from their research is published in "Diabetic Medicine".
Even if it already smells foul and you want to throw it away - Beer is excellent fertilizer for grass, so pour it in your garden.
Don't just throw it away.
Beer shampoo and conditioner.
Boil a pint of beer until it reduces to 1/2 cup.
Add the thick smelling of hops and wheat fluid to your shampoo. You will be amazed how strong and good your hair will be.
And don't worry about the smell - your shampoo will get over the beer.
The wheat proteins will add volume to your hair and will create a protective film over it.
You can also clean greasy hair with warm beer. No evaporation is needed. Just pour it over half hour before bedtime, rub and then dry. Get ordinary shower in the next morning.
Beer is excellent conditioner for greasy hair and alcohol cleans the follicles of impurities.