Grab a Beer & Toss the Soda

By: aG | Spunky Seniors Club® | August 2016

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Is grabbing a beer better for you than a can of soda? Does it keep the doctor away? Is it for everyone? Well, listen up — we are the new YouthGenarians in the 21st Century (the 50+ crowd), who are spunky and trying to keep our health clean.   But, are we going to carry out this by drinking beer? We’re not saying that beer is the key to living longer or that it is okay to drink beer, but take a look at some folks who lived to be well over one hundred years old.  And also listen to a few Supercentenarians and their beer stories about drinking beer every day for years.  They believe it’s the key to living longer.  Maybe YES, maybe NO.   Here’s what a 110-year-old woman say about drinking Miller High Life in People’s Great Ideas magazine.  

We go back to a recent study in Arthritis & Rheumatism, where it states that beer may help reduce arthritis risk and found that women who drank three to five beers per week had a 31% lower risk for rheumatoid arthritis.  It can also contribute to building healthy bones according to the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.  A 102-year-old also thinks that drinking every day has kept her living longer.  Is this wishful thinking or is she on to something good?  Check it out.  Yet, we don’t want you to go out and buy a ton of your favorite beer.

Out of curiosity, we checked out People’s Great Ideas magazine again and found that there are five reasons why beer is actually good for you.  But first, you might want to read how alcohol affects your body before jumping into drinking beer and magically get a beer belly.  Another good read would be to try and keep a healthy gut.  Here’s why beer could be good for you:

1.  It may help reduce arthritis risk

In a recent study in Arthritis & Rheumatism, women who drank three to five beers per week had a 31% lower risk for rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that primarily affects women, compared to women who abstained from drinking.  Now you have an excuse to have that beer with dinner. (Thanks, science)

2. It could help build strong bones

No, you shouldn’t start pouring beer into your morning cereal, but a glass or two of suds has been linked to better bone strength and health, according to a study in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Beer is rich in dietary silicon, which is a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. Can’t decide which brew to buy? Go for ones rich in malted barley and hops, which contain the highest levels of silicon.

3.  It may prevent kidney stones

Around 30% of Americans will have a kidney stone in their lifetime, according to a study in Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Luckily, the study also found that men and women who reported drinking a moderate amount of beer were found to have a 41% reduced risk of developing a stone, compared to people who did not drink. (Consequently, it also found that drinking soda increased people’s risk by 23%—just another reason to put down the soda can.)

4.  It could keep your brain sharp

Women who have one alcoholic drink a day (yes, that also includes wine and spirits) are less likely to see a decline in mental abilities and memories as they age compared to their non-drinking counterparts or heavier drinking counterparts, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Looks like your beer-sipping grandma had the right idea, after all.

5.  It may boost heart health

A large meta-analysis published in the European Journal of Epidemiology found that people who drank about a pint of beer a day were 31% less likely to suffer from heart attacks, heart disease, or strokes, compared to people who refrained from drinking.  So, what do you think? Grab a beer and toss the soda?

We leave you with this fun video ~ but don’t try this at home!

Next time someone tells you to respect your elders, you’ll know it’s because they can drink you under the table according to the Daily Dot.


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