The following is by: SJW
on February 1, 2008 @
Pursuant to the article; "Get Hopping"; research indicates the following, “[S]ometimes even referred to as “liquid bread”, beer is one of the
oldest and one of most popular alcoholic beverages in the world. Brewer’s yeast, one of the beer’s main components,
is known to be a rich source of nutrients and this means that beer may have some health benefits. Does this mean beer is a
healthy drink? Let’s look at the pros and cons of beer drinking and decide after.
Pros of Drinking Beer:
of vitamins, minerals and flavonoids.
Beer is rich in many vitamins of
the B group and in such minerals as magnesium. Barley and hops used in the production of beer are rich in flavonoids, which
have powerful antioxidant effects.
The National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has completed an extensive review of current scientific knowledge about the health effects of
moderate alcohol consumption. It found that the lowest death rate from all causes occurs at the level of one to two drinks
per day. That is, moderate drinkers have the greatest longevity. –
- Aid against Coronary heart disease (CHD). There is a quite strong evidence that light-to-moderate alcohol
consumption has cardio-protective properties. Many research studies demonstrate a lower coronary heart disease incidence among
moderate beer drinkers. These moderate drinkers are at lower risk of CHD-related mortality than both heavy drinkers and abstainers.
The vitamin B6 in beer also seems to prevent the alcohol-induced rise in blood homocysteine, a probable heart disease risk
- Cholesterol. Moderate alcohol intake affects many processes in the body, one of which is the significant
increase in HDL cholesterol – the good cholesterol. There is supporting evidence for beer’s cardio-protective
effect and for its help in altering the ratio of beneficial HDL cholesterol to the LDL cholesterol.
- Kidney stones. Beer consumption may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. Finnish researchers
found that there was a 40% lower risk of kidney stones in beer drinkers.
- X-Rays radiation protection. Japan researchers found that beer helps reduce chromosomal damage from
To get the health benefits that
beer provides, the One should drink a beer a day. The One shouldn’t drink any more than this, as
it can easily lead to health problems. Alcohol will thin out your blood, which will protect your heart and reduce the risk
of strokes as well. In the past, research has even shown moderate consumption of alcohol can help with improving your memory
as well. Then again, if you drink it excessively, it can destroy brain cells - the adverse effect.
Beer is also nutritious as well.
Beer is a great source of fiber, as well as other minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and several B vitamins such as B1,
B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12. Beer contains high levels of these vitamins, along with other minerals that are actually good
for your body. Although it offers plenty of B vitamins and other minerals your body needs, it will also destroy your vitamin
C - which is why the One should never drink too much of it.
When it all comes down to it, beer
may contain over 95% water, yet it is still a diuretic. Due to the fact that beer contains
alcohol, it will always be a diuretic. When the One drinks beer, the One
should avoid drinking too much and never, ever, drink beer instead of water. Beer can dehydrate your body fairly quickly,
which is one of the biggest cons to drinking beer. Although beer does have several health benefits, they can easily be hindered
by drinking too much. To stay on the safe side and avoid headaches and other health effects of beer, drink responsibly, moderately
and sip at meetings or when the One is working at the registered or principle office. To help the One, the staff
should keep plenty of isotonic water and fruit juices on hand to compensate. A person should always drink a few glasses of
water when drinking beer.
The Cons of Drinking Too Much Beer
So now let’s look at the cons
of drinking beer. As you will notice, most of these only apply to heavy beer guzzlers. A heavy drinker is considered to be
someone that has 2 or more drinks per day.
- “Beer belly”. Heavy beer drinking may promote abdominal obesity in men, so called “beer
belly”. Drinking beer in moderation will not cause obesity. GMS recommends
sipping, rather than drinking or guzzling.
- Heartburn. Beer contains powerful stimulants of gastric acid secretion and may provoke gastroesophageal
reflux and cause heartburn.
“Alcohol consumption can increase
the relaxation of the LES – the natural valve that keeps stomach acid in the stomach and out of the esophagus –
allowing acid to reflux”
- Blood pressure. Daily beer consumption (approximately 40 g of alcohol) may increase blood pressure.
- Intoxication/Impairment. Even low amounts of alcohol can adversely effect attention and motor skills.
In fact, many serious accidents are alcohol related. This obviously includes motor vehicles but can also include falling out
of your chair, down the stairs, out windows, etc.
This can also include “Beer
Muscles” (not to be confused with Beer Goggles) which can make the drinker believe they can physically take on any person
in the room. Often times, the drinker is sadly mistaken and winds up sprawled on the floor with severe injuries.
- Dehydration. Only 10% of what you drink is removed through urine and your liver needs water to get
rid of the remaining 90%. To do so, the liver is forced to divert water from other organs including the brain, which causes
the throbbing headaches. Drinking a glass of water in between beers will help.
- Hangover. Most of us know the pounding head, cotton mouth feeling attributed to a night of heavy drinking.
For those that don’t, here is a very good and thorough explanation. For those that don’t heed this warning, here
this is how you can get rid of your hangover.”
Method 1 Re-hydrating Yourself (GMS)
plenty of water. The dehydration caused by alcohol consumption needs to be tackled if you are to get rid of your hangover.
- Drink an isotonic sports drink. ... An isotonic drink is taken
up by the body about as quickly as water. They are intended to quench thirst and provide energy to the body. They are ideal
for endurance sports. Glucose
is the body's preferred source of energy therefore it may be appropriate to consume Isotonic drinks where the carbohydrate
source is glucose in a concentration of 6% to 8% - e.g. High Five, SiS Go, Boots Isotonic, Lucozade Sport; and of course,
fruit juice. ...
ginger tea. ...
drinks throughout the day. ...
GMS states; “In his opinion,
drinking beer is actually and probably good for the One as long as it’s done in moderation or sipped. All the known
ailments of drinking beer, i.e., Impaired Brain Development, Demerits, Impaired Memory, Ataxia, Depression, Sleep Disorder,
Anemia and/or Hepatitis comes from over indulgence or drinking too much beer. Although it goes without saying, this is just
his opinion and the One should not act on it without contacting a physician and doing independent research.
Written by C. Simmons of HealthAssist.net
with added commentary inserted by GMS adviser to the E. D., – who has some health issues, that GMS is desperately
trying to alleviate, reduce the effects of... or cure.