Health Benefits of Drinking Beer

I am sure that you probably drink beer to have a great time with your friends, spurring some of your greatest stories or just to bring out the dancer in you. However, the science gods have now spoken and it has been proved that drinking beer in moderation is actually good for your health.

How much does moderation drinking entail?

Even though there is an exact amount of alcohol which is allowed, it also depends on a person’s tolerance level and physical makeup. But according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, having a moderate drink means one drink per day for a man and up to two drinks per day for women.


Below are some facts about why you should not feel bad when you crack open a cold beer after a long stressful day :

1. Beer is good for the heart


According to several studies which have been conducted it has been proved that the consumption of beer could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It is all because beer has a thinning effect on blood and it reduces the chances of clot-forming which can cause a blockage in the coronary artery. It also reduces the risk of inflammation which can cause atherosclerosis.

2. Beer helps in losing weight

According to a study conducted by Oregon State University, there is a chemical called xanthohumol in beer which helps when you are trying to shed those extra pounds and control your cholesterol levels.

3. Beer improves cholesterol level

We all need some lipoprotein which is the good type of cholesterol in our bodies as they help to prevent plaque buildup in the arteries. Beer also has high amounts of fiber which helps reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol which is the bad type of cholesterol.

4. Beer promotes better bowel movement

One bottle of beer contains around 20 percent of the fiber which your body needs for a better bowel movement every day. It benefits a lot for people who suffer from constipation.

5. Beer decreases the risk of cancer

There is an antioxidant called xanthohumol which helps the prevention of cancer as it also contains polyphenols which play a major role during the treatment of cancer patients.

6. Beer boosts mental health

Studies have proved that having beer can protect your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Drinking beer also increases your dopamine level in your brain which makes you feel more relaxed and calm.

7. Beer helps in improving eyesight

According to the University of Western Ontario, a beer a day minimize people’s chance of developing a cataract as it contains enzymes and antioxidants which protect the eyes by preventing mitochondrial damage.

8. Beer reduces the risk of diabetes

A study done by Harvard has found out that people who drink beer regularly have fewer chances of developing type-2 diabetes.

9. Beer reduces the risk of developing kidney stones

Water is the most powerful tool for the prevention of kidney stones and having a beer is a great idea to prevent these stones from forming as 90 percent of beer is water. Beer also contains potassium and magnesium which help to prevent the development of kidney stones. Having a bottle of beer every day can reduce the risk by 40 percent.

10. Beer helps in the development of healthier bones

If you didn’t know, let me tell you that beer is rich in dietary silicone which contributes to a higher bone density and it also minimizes the risk of osteoporosis.

11. Beer increases Vitamin B levels

A medical journal named The Lancet has mentioned that beer contains Vitamin B6 which is great for the prevention of heart disease as it keeps a check on the formation of homocysteine in the body.

12. Beer cures insomnia

For people who suffer from insomnia, beer contains Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid which can help to promote sleep. Have a beer and sleep soundly like a baby.

13. Beer has positive effects on the skin and hair

Beer contains a lot of vitamins which is beneficial for your skin as it reduces acne and adds a glow to the skin. Hops and malt found in beer also helps in promoting the healthy growth of hair.

14. Beer delays aging and promote longevity

Nowadays, no one really likes to look old however the good news is that Vitamin E which is found in beer acts like an antioxidant which helps to keep the skin healthy while slowing down the aging process.

15. Beer flushes out toxins from the body

Beer has precious diuretic properties which increase urination thus facilitating increased removal of toxins from the body.

16. Beer helps reduce stress

Two glasses of beer a day can reduce work-related stress or anxiety. However, too much alcohol consumption on a daily basis can do more harm than good.


How Reading Helps Improve Your State of Mind?

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

By the words of GRRM, I will start by saying that I’m a proud bookworm! Books are everywhere. Libraries are full of hundreds and thousands of books from different years and authors. They are filled with the most important things of all time. People who don’t read will never understand what a reader goes through whenever they have to separate themselves from their most adored books. It is true that reading helps improve your mind and body and you don’t even know when it is happening.

In 2016, the Yale School of Public Health dug out the 12 years of HRS (Health and Retirement Study) data about reading habits and health of more than 3,600 men and women over the age of 50 and a hopeful pattern emerged. People who read books, whether fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose for as little as 30 minutes lived an average of two years longer than people who didn’t read anything at all. It is also proven that people who read books rather than magazines or newspapers outlive their peers by 23%.

So here are some reasons why you will outlive your peers who haven’t read a single book their whole life!

  • Reading helps you de-stress – According to a study led by the University of Sussex, reading can reduce stress level by 68%. Stress levels and heart rates were monitored while trying out a variety of relaxing methods, reading was the strongest method in helping the brain and the body relax, among listening to music or going for a walk. So now you know, if you’re stressed pick up your favorite book and read!
  • Reading makes you empathetic towards others – If while growing up, you read a lot of books, then you do have some talents when it comes to empathizing with others and you understand difficult emotions. According to a study from the University of Buffalo, most people relate to the characters in stories we read, especially if it comes from fiction. Empathy, in today’s world, is viewed as one of the most important skills for every parent to teach their children.
  • Reading can be used as a form of therapy – According to Cristel Russell, reading is used mostly as a form of therapy. It might happen sometimes that you feel so close to a character or fictional situation that relates to your actual state of mind, and this situation or character helps you out of your problems.
  • Reading increases your intelligence – Whether you prefer fictional or non-fictional books, reading books help your brain grow in more ways than one. Novels introduce you to new words thus advancing your vocabulary. So never stop reading!
  • Reading improves your memory – If you tend to forget most of your things more than twice, then you need to read more often! Reading enhances and exercises the memory muscles in your brain, thus making us more alert. You pay more attention and remember all the small details as you follow a long string of words for hours at a time. If you know someone who needs to improve their memory, gift them a book!
  • Reading makes your brain stronger – One of the best ways to keep your brain strong and healthy is to keep your mind active and working. As per a study, people who were actively and mentally engaged has 32% lower rate of mental decline as compared to people who weren’t actively engaging their brain. Non-readers had a decline of 48%. So pick up a book and keep your brain in shape!
  • Reading can reduce the chance of Alzheimer’s disease – Reading at least one hour every day helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. From a neurobiological standpoint, reading is more demanding on the brain than processing speech and images. Mental stimulation from reading will improve your memory and learning capacity. It also keeps your mind sharp by slowing cognitive decline as you age. It is proven that reading strengthens your brain against disease like Alzheimer’s or dementia.
  • Reading strengthens focus and concentration – When reading, your full attention is on the words on the page and you need to focus on that to get to know what happens next. Unknowingly, you are strengthening your mind to focus and concentrate on things that matter the most as compared to things that do not. A consistent reading habit will strengthen your attention over to other aspects of your life.
  • Reading improves your imagination – If you’re an avid reader of fictional books, then you must have used your imagination several times. Escaping the reality to travel into a fictional world is a way to exercise your brain into imagining new things, characters, and perspectives.
  • Reading helps you sleep better – It is said to have a good night sleep, better pick a book and read! Well, reading to your bedtime will reduce stress and train your brain to associate reading with sleep. So to have a night of better sleep, avoid screen and pick up books!

Still not inspired about reading? Then check out the next post!

The Benefits Of Different Cheese

Cheese, who doesn’t love cheese! Well, cheese goes with everything and it complements most of the food and drinks that exist. Cheese is a nutritious food made mostly from the milk of cows but also other mammals, including sheep, goats, buffalo, reindeer, camels, and yaks. Like other dairy products, it contains high levels of saturated fats, which have been linked with cholesterol, atherosclerosis and an increased risk of heart disease but many benefits of cheese are still infamous for most people.

 

 

So today, I present the benefits of different types of cheese that exist!

• Cheese can help you stay slim
Cheese helps boost metabolism. Gruyere, blue, Gouda, Parmesan, and cheddar all these cheese contain a substance called butyrate and it helps you to stay slim.

• Cheese can prevent osteoporosis
Since we were kids, our parents have been forcing us to drink all the milk. Vitamin D and calcium help in building stronger bones. And cheese contains calcium that help in developing the stronger bones.

• Cavity prevention
As we know that cheese contains calcium and it helps in preventing cavities. Cheese has a lower content of lactose which harms teeth. Cheeses like Blue, Monterey Jack, Brie, Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, and American prevents tooth decay if taken after a meal or as a snack.

 

• Cancer prevention
Butyrate in cheese can protect against colon cancer by nourishing the cells of your colon and by reducing inflammation that can damage the colon over time.

• Cheese can help you gain weight in a good way
For some people gaining weight might be a horror but for some, it is a necessity for various reasons. If you are planning to gain weight, having cheese is the best way. It has fats and protein contents plus various vitamins and minerals. That’s why cheeses like Gouda, goat, and Parmesan are highly recommended to have.

• Cheese is an excellent aid when women have PMS
Having cheese when having PMS is advised! It reduces the symptoms and problems associated with women.

• Cheese is good for your skin
Excellent for your skin because it contains Vitamin B! This is useful to maintain a supple, healthy and glowing skin.

• Cheese helps in a migraine
It can be helpful in curing migraines headaches. Calcium intakes reduce the problems of migraines.

So cheese or no cheese?