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Have a pint for your health & beauty

 | July 10, 2012

Beer is good for our health, skin and hair.


So it seems our wine-sipping compatriots weren’t the only ones drinking to their health. Unbeknownst to many of us, beer too is good not only for our health, but for our skin and hair too.

When consumed moderately, beer can help reduce kidney stone formations by dissolving particles and toxins before these clump together forming larger, painful deposits.

Further up north of our anatomy and we find that our hearts love beer too. A 2011 study involving over 200,000 people conducted by Italy’s Fondazion di Ricerca e Cura found that those who drank a pint of beer daily reduced their risk of heart disease by 31%. This was due to foliates, which are a soluble B vitamin present in beer.

And there’s more good news on tap. Besides helping lower blood pressure levels and improve blood circulation, beer is also known to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Researchers found that alcohol increases insulin sensitivity, thus helping protect against diabetes.

If you’re a senior worried about osteoporosis, drink up! Beer contains high levels of silicon that result in higher bone density. For best results, drink pale ale.

The key is to consume moderate amounts. That would mean no more than two cans for men and one can for women. “If you overdo it, alcohol can take a toll on your health, contributing to liver damage, certain cancers, heart problems, and more,” says Andrea Giancoli, RD, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

If you’re the kind who simply detests the taste of beer, then don’t drink it – slather it on your hair instead. Simply soaking, rinsing or spritzing your hair with beer will leave it soft and shining. How? In addition to B vitamins, the proteins found in malt and hops are said to repair damaged hair and boost overall body giving your hair a more volumised look. The maltose and sucrose sugars in beer on the other hand help tighten hair’s cuticles for an enhanced shine.

If you must see to believe, try these simple homemade beer concoctions for your hair, taken from the ‘truth in aging’ website.

BEER SHAMPOO: 1 cup mild shampoo; 1/4 cup boiled beer (boiled down from 1½ cups of beer). Apply to hair as normal and rinse off thoroughly.

BEER CONDITIONER: 1 cup warm beer (preferably mildly scented), 1 tsp jojoba oil.  Leave on hair for at least 15 minutes before rinsing out.

BEER & CIDER VINEGAR RINSE: 1 oz water, 2 tsp cider vinegar, 1 oz flat beer, 5 drops rosemary essential oil. Pour onto hair after shampooing to remove build-up from hair products.

Finally, beer is good for your skin too. History has it that women of ancient Egypt and Rome used beer regularly as part of the beauty regimen to help keep their skin smooth and fair. If you are the DIY kind of person, try a homemade facial mask made up of beer, olive oil, plain yogurt, egg white, almond extract and lemon extract. Spread over cleansed face, leave for 15 minutes then wash off. Besides leaving your skin looking peachy, the ingredients are said to tighten pores and help fight acne.

So whether you’re guzzling, spritzing or slathering on beer, the one thing that can be guaranteed is that you’ll be feeling and looking a whole lot better because of it.





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