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Beer, the liquid bread and medicine.

Updated on July 2, 2014
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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
  • Criptosporidium
  • Giardia

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,
  • etc.

Giving yourself even part of what's listed above will prolong life with at least 10 years.

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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
  • Antioxidants
  • 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
  • Anchovies
  • Salads
  • 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".

Leftover beer?

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.


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    • m0rd0r profile image

      Stoill Barzakov 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Have as many as you feel okay Scott :)

      Just don't overdrink yourself ;)

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      Scott P Williams 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Finally, a reason to drink some beer. I had a Sam Adams last night watching the NCAA Championship Game. Well, ok, I had two!

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thank you for cheering me up mary615, Sheri Faye and miss Sunshine :)

      I love beer. It helps me chill and relax.

      But always drink in moderation :)

      Sheri, It's coincidence :) I just used the last few sips with some salt for pork chops. Will leave them for 2 hours and then bake in slow oven :)

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      Sheri Dusseault 5 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Ahhh...Miller Time! I have used beer as a merindane for steak too. Great hub!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      If I was a beer drinker I'd have one in honor of your birthday! Since I'm not I had a Diet Coke! :)

      I'm sure beer lovers will appreciate your hub!

      Happy Birthday to you!!!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      My Hubby loved his beer! After a hot sweaty day out in the field working on horses (he was a Vet), he would relax with a beer. He also made his own beer when we were in Vet. School.

      I never cared for the taste to tell you the truth. He would encourage me to keep trying, though.

      Voted this UP and shared.

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thanks Daisy! Always makes me happy to see you visit my hubs :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      Thanks for publishing such an interesting, fact-filled article. I'll have to buy some beer the next time I'm at the supermarket.

      Happy June 17th Birthday!

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      beer is good always

    • m0rd0r profile image

      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thanks Karaoke Guy :) ... Beer is good even in Winter :)

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I've heard some of these health benefits before, but thanks for breaking them down here. Yet more reasons to enjoy a nice cold brew... voted up and shared.

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      Tina Siuagan 6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Great. Thank you very much for your expert advice Sir. :) More beer hubs, more! :)

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      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      I drink non-alcoholic when I am cleaning my liver, just for the taste of beer. It still has 0.5% ethanol though.

      If you want NOT to drink at all - i suggest you try infustion of hops (it has the bitter taste of the beer and light valerian aroma).

      Hops has most of the soothing and calming benefits taken from beer, without the alcohol.

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      Aponi1 6 years ago from Midland, TX

      That all sounds great, but what about people who are recovering alcoholics or addicts who can't drink it. Is there the same benefits in the non alcoholic beers out there.

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      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Yes, because of the beer being fizzy and cold, it can be bad for the voice. But I suppose one beer "every now and then" will not harm your vocal cords at all. Just don't abuse cold beer, or your voice will be coarse for days.

      On the other hand - one glass of wine will not harm it at all.

      If your voice goes coarse, try drinking warm chamomille herbal tea. It is very good for sore throat.

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      Tina Siuagan 6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      This is very interesting! I love drinking beer. It's the best companion aside from a friend. And you are right, in moderate consumption boosts health and life. However, there are some articles in the internet nowadays which claim that it is not advisable for singers, like me, to drink beer or any alcoholic beverages because it inflicts harm to our built in vocal instrument. How true is that Sir?


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