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7 Beer Benefits

The occasional pint of beer can improve many things: a bad mood, a bad day, a bad party… Pity it’s not as good for you as, say, wine. Or is it?

Actually, beer has just as many health benefits as its more sophisticated grape-y cousin… and maybe even a few more.

“Moderate consumption of beer can reduce the risk of blood clotting, gallstones and type 2 diabetes,” says Kelly Pritchett, Ph.D., RDN, CSSD, a nutritional epidemiology specialist at the Academy of Nutrition and Diatetics in Chicago.

1. It can give you shiny hair and great skin. Imagine soaking in a giant vat of bubbling lager. It’s more than just a beer-lover’s fantasy: So-called “beer spas” have popped up in a variety of places around the world. Bathers soak for around 20 minutes in a concoction of water and dark beer. The hops exfoliate the skin and detoxify the body, and the steam opens pores and boosts the absorption of beery minerals.

Beer contains proteins, vitamins, malt and yeast, which nourish the hair and balance pH. Some salons (and a few celebrity hairstylists) use “beer rinses” that make hair glossier and more voluminous. “The silicon in beer could also… strengthen the collagen protein in hair,” says Pritchett.

2. It strengthens bones. “Beer has a lot of silicon,” says Harvard Medical School professor Douglas Kiel, MD, director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center at Hebrew SeniorLife. Silicon, says Tucker, is important for bone formation, just like calcium, phosphates and vitamin D. It also stimulates bone growth, which is vital, since bone is a living tissue that is constantly breaking down and reforming.

3. It can help prevent kidney stones. Bone loss creates calcium deposits, which can result in painful kidney stones, Tucker says. Since beer stimulates bone growth, it can ward off those pesky stones. Compounds in the hops may also slow down the release of calcium from bones. And beer’s diuretic effect and high water content can also lower men’s risk of developing kidney stones, according to Pritchett.

4. It’s good for your heart. A team of Greek researchers discovered that beer boosts the health of the major blood vessels around the heart, making arteries more flexible and dramatically improving blood flow within just a few hours of consuming a pint. This is only true for nonsmokers (smoking does the opposite to blood vessels), but: Moderate beer drinking can lead to better cardiovascular health later in life. Studies show it can also reduce your risk of dying from heart disease.

5. It promotes better digestion and lowers cholesterol. The barley in beer contains soluble fiber — about 0.75 grams in lighter beer, and up to 3.1 grams in the darker variety. “All that soluble fiber helps decrease [bad] LDL cholesterol and increase [good] HDL cholesterol,” says Pritchett.

6. It helps ward off dementia. Recent research has found that moderate alcohol consumption (whether that involves drinking beer, wine or spirits) could lower your risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life.

7. It might improve post-workout recovery. The makers of one soon-to-be-released beer in particular claim that drinking their brew can make your workouts more effective. Lean Machine Ale, created by a Canada-based beverage company, is a so-called “recovery ale” which is light on alcohol but rich in electrolytes and nutrients, so it reportedly replenishes lost fluid instead of dehydrating you like a regular beer would.

Remember: Beer isn’t exactly a health food. It only has the potential to benefit your health if you drink it in moderation. (That amounts to one 12-ounce bottle a day for the ladies, and two per day for men.) Drink any more than that on a regular basis, and you’ll likely do some serious damage to your body in the long run.

Source Upwave

History and Health of Coffee

The history of coffee

Coffee goes at least as far back as the thirteenth century with a number of myths surrounding its first use. The original native population of coffee is thought to have come from East Africa, and it was first cultivated by Arabs from the 14th century.[1] The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen.[2] By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East, Persia,Turkey and northern Africa. Coffee then spread to Balkans, Italy and to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and then to the Americas.[3]

The health of coffee 

Energy Booster

Coffee is basically a great energy booster and it is highly recommended for people who needed the pepping up in work or other activities. Coffee is vital for those who are working longer hours or those who needed to stay awake or wake up early in the morning. It boosts your energy level as well as sharpens your memory and brain. Thus, it is a great way of avoiding certain memory-related ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease or memory gaps.

Antioxidants Fight Disease

Coffee also helps in preventing serious ailments and health risks such as cancer, heart diseases, type 2 diabetes and liver damage among others. Caffeine is known to have antioxidants which help in battling free radicals in the body. Free radicals are known to increase cell damage which eventually results to cancer or liver damage such as cirrhosis. Moreover, coffee has chromium and magnesium which helps in regulating the insulin level of the body and basically stops type 2 diabetes.

Weight Loss Aid

Another important impact of coffee in your health is on weight loss. There are certain conceptions that coffee is a great way or instrument in losing weight. For instance, coffee increases the level of energy in the body which helps you endure longer hours of workout. Thus, the more and the longer you exercise, the more calories you shed or cut off your system which is done through boosting energy and drinking coffee.

Most coffee types are with a natural sweetness to the palette hence if you drink full-bodied coffee with lesser calories, your appetite craving is affected. You could significantly cut on your desserts which are main sources of calories and result to obesity and overweight.

Many Myths Are Not True

There are undoubtedly lots of health implications in drinking coffee especially in moderating or balancing your consumption. Nevertheless, there are also myths and misconceptions which could ruin the reputation of coffee and its supposedly good impact on your health. Some of the coffee myths include its hazardous effects on your health however there are also countering facts that could discredit the myths proliferating in the healthcare industry today.

Source:  CoffeeFacts and Wiki 

Gloomy Day Smoothie

One thing i love is oranges…. So juicy and fresh especially when they are nice and cold. When I came across this recipe I had to give a try and test out the blend. It was delicious I tell you!

Ingredients

  • 1 mango – peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 1 banana, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla nonfat yogurt

Directions

  1. Place mango, banana, orange juice, and yogurt in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve in clear glasses, and drink with a bendy straw!

For more great recipes check out the site here

Sea Moss Dem Gals

“So, does Sea Moss really work? there’s no debating the drink’s strong nutritional value. Sea Moss has a rich mix of vitamins and minerals, most notably potassium, calcium and magnesium, that make it a favored elixir for treating everything from digestive disorders and ulcers, to depression, anxiety and even ADD. More popularly, though, Sea Moss is known to add a little extra potency to the main male ingredient required for baby-making. Guys, if you’re having a little trouble conceiving, a healthy helping of Sea Moss will ensure that your boys will swim!” – Taste of the Caribbean

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup Sea Moss gel
  • 2 cups of water (depending on thickness desired)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 small can sweetened condensed milk or rice milk/almond milk  (7 oz)
  • Pinch of nutmeg for flavor

Phase 1: Preparing Sea Moss Gel

Soak the dried Sea Moss in cold water for 15 minutes. Wash algae thoroughly, but do not soak it overnight, as the algae will lose much of its nutritional value and potency. Next, fill a pot with two quarts of fresh water. Add the clean Sea Moss and two cinnamon sticks. Bring pot to boil. Once boiling, cover and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes. The algae will soften and the water will thicken. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon sticks. Allow the solution to cool and place it in the refrigerator overnight, allowing it to gel.

Phase 2: Preparing Sea Moss Drink

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix on low speed until pieces of algae are finely chopped. That’s it!

Serve chilled, or over ice. Also, for an additional flavor boost, add a shot of rum.

According to Andrew, this recipe serves two… though there’s no telling how many it will produce!

For those of you who can’t find the raw Sea Moss ingredient at your local grocery store, check health food and nutritional retailers

More great Taste of the Caribbean: Here 

Other issues that Irish moss can help with include the following.

* Varicose veins
* Halitosis (bad breath)
* Dysentery
* Inflammation
* Problems with the urinary system
* Duodenal and peptic ulcers
* Strengthens connective tissues
* Strengthens hair, skin, and nail
* Swollen joints
* Thyroid conditions
* Glandular problems
* Tuberculosis
* Influenza
* Mumps viruses