It’s fairly common to hear about how bad beer can be for you, even from those who drink other types of alcohol. People often cite calories or carbohydrates, but occasionally you’ll hear the claim that “beer is unhealthy” with little to support it. However, it’s time for all you beer lovers to celebrate: beer might actually be good for you. Beer has been proven to have several shocking health benefits that not all other types of alcohol provide. Get out your best beer growlers – here are some of the surprising health benefits of drinking beer.
Beer And Exercise
It’s possible that there’s a connection between drinking and being more likely to exercise. A 2001 study published by the National Institutes of Health found that people who qualified as moderate drinkers (drinking one drink daily) were twice as likely to exercise as people who didn’t drink at all. When not nearly enough adults get the daily recommended amount of exercise, this is a huge step in the right direction. So go ahead, have that drink; it might be the motivation for your workout later.
Beer can potentially help improve the health of specific parts of your body as well. One study showed that beer can help improve the overall health of your kidneys and prevent kidney stones if drinking responsibly. Additionally, the extra fiber in beer can help improve your digestive system and prevent gastrointestinal problems. There’s also a decreased risk of heart attacks in those who drink beer versus non-beer drinkers. This could be due to the reduction in stress beer creates. Regardless of the reason, drink up; it could help you be healthier in the long run.
Of course, regardless of whatever benefits beer may have, it’s important to drink responsibly. In moderation, beer can potentially help you improve your overall health, but it’s important to still be safe about your drinking.
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