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why beer is good for your health

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014


For all those who believe that drinking beer may pose a threat to your health, recent studies have found that the drink has several surprising health benefits if consumed in moderate amounts.
Here are some amazing health benefits of beer:

• Drinking two beers a day can help in maintaining bone strength as it contains silicon which helps in strengthening bones.
• If consumed in the right amount, beer is good for one’s mental health and reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
• Since it is made of barley, it is an excellent source of fibre and hence consuming beer improves heart health and lowers cholesterol levels.
• Studies suggest that consumption of beer in moderate amounts reduces the risk of heart strokes.
• Since beer contains high water content, it helps reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.

Remedies for Alcohol Detox

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Addiction is a complex mix of physical and psychological causes, but for many people, alcohol is a form of self-medication, related to low levels of brain chemicals, such as serotonin, dopamine and noradrenalin. Alcohol is the oldest intoxicant and addictive, in use for over 10,000 years. Alcohol directly damages the liver, esophagus, stomach, intestines and colon, and greatly increases the risk of various cancers. It is a special risk to pregnant woman, who should avoid it completely, since irreversible fetal alcohol syndrome can occur at low doses. Alcohol is also involved with an estimated 60% of all violent crimes. Despite these negatives, only 20% of alcoholics can stop successfully.

Herbal medicines offer a valuable resource for the effects of, and addiction to, alcohol. Initially, there are herbs to detoxify and lessen cravings, while reducing the symptoms of withdrawal. Acorn tincture (Quercus glandis) or angelica can be used in all cases to create a powerful aversion to alcohol. Other plant medicines help repair the damage done, including liver herbs like milk thistle. Adaptogenic and tonic herbs can correct biochemical and neurological imbalances that contribute to drinking, by doing such things such as increasing the manufacture of neurotransmitters like serotonin.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 1: Acorn***—Quercus robur glandium
• Diminishes alcoholic craving, antidotes its effects, such as enlarged spleen and liver. Diarrhea may appear during treatment as a curative effect.
• Available as a homeopathic liquid under the name Ouercus glandis.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 2: Angelica**—Angelica atropurpurea
• Reduces craving or creates dislike for alcohol; use 5 drops, 3 times daily.
• A warming circulatory tonic that relieves gas, bloating, colic, headache.
• Helps with enlarged spleen; anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 3: Calanatts*—Acorus calamus
• Reduces the craving for alcohol; restorative for brain, nervous system.
• Relieves gas, cramps, distention. Improves appetite, helps exhaustion.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 4: Cayenne***—Capsicum frutescens
• Helps stop morning vomiting and gnawing stomach, reduces intense cravings for alcohol and promotes appetite; use in single drop doses.
• Reduces irritability, anxiety and tremor and induces calm sleep.
• Delirium tremens, chills, exhaustion can often be speedily relieved.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 5: Celandine***—Chelidonium majus
• Specific for liver problems from alcohol; extreme sensitivity to, and bad
effects from, drinking. Liver healer and detoxifier, even for cirrhosis.
• Calms emotions (i.e. anger, depression) during withdrawal or cravings.
• For general sluggishness, difficulty concentrating and mental dullness.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 6: Hops**—Humulus lupulus
• Sedative that relieves anxiety-related withdrawal symptoms; aids DTs.
• Helps irritability and restlessness, promotes healthy digestion.
• Relieves insomnia, frequent wakings; not suitable during depression.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 7: Khella**—Ammi visnaga
• Ayurvedic herb that alleviates the acute and chronic effects of alcohol.
• Powerful antispasmodic and pain remedy. Used for asthma, angina.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 8: Kudzu***—Pueraria lobata
• Traditional use in China to sober a drunk person and for various side
effects of alcohol (hangover, thirst, gastric bleeding, loss of appetite).
• Recent research shows it can dramatically reduce craving for alcohol.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 9: Milk Thistle**—Silybum marianum
• Protects against damage to the liver by alcohol, drugs and toxins.
• Powerfully regenerates damaged liver tissue; essential for cirrhosis.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 10: Oats***—Avena sativa
• Excellent for weaning off alcohol, drugs, opiates, narcotics. Invigorating without intoxication or overstimulation. Improves clarity, focus.
• Restores proper nerve functioning; eases a racing heart or palpitations.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 11: Passionflower*—Passiflora incarnata
• Treats insomnia, delirium tremens or spasms related to withdrawal.
• Useful to induce restful sleep without producing hangover effects.
• Combines well with kava, skullcap, valerian, hops or Jamaican dogwood.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 12: Quassia*—Picrasma/Quassia excelsa
• Antidotes effects of alcohol, rejuvenates the spleen. A bitter that stimulates appetite and digestive function; tonifies a weak digestive system.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 13: Schisandra**—Schisandra chinensis
• Controls anger and aggression without sedation; combats depression.
• A liver tonic for hepatitis and an adaptogen that assists the body in bal-
ancing stress; effective for nervous exhaustion, weakness, insomnia.

Home remedies for Alcohol Detox 14: Wild Lettuce*—Lactuca virosa
• Produces a general sense of well-being, calms excitability, relieves pain.
• Mild sedative and cure for insomnia; safe for both young and old.

Benefits of Moderate Alcohol Consumption

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Moderate alcohol intake is defined as an average of one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. A drink is considered 12 oz beer, 5 oz of wine, 1.5 oz of 80-proof spirits, or 1 oz of 100-proof spirits, all of which contain approximately 13 to 15 grams of ethanol.
Consumption of alcohol is akin to a double-edged knife when we consider its health effects. Depending upon how it is used, alcohol can cause damage in either direction than perhaps any other single aspect of lifestyle. Cardio-protective benefits are seen in mild to moderate consumption of alcohol, while increasingly excessive consumption results in negative outcomes on health.
Moderate consumption= 1- 2 drinks/day for males and 1 drink/day for females.
A drink= 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, 1.5 oz of 80-proof spirits, or 1 oz of 100-proof spirits i.e. approximately 13-15 grams of ethanol

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The Path of Alcohol in the body

Friday, August 11th, 2006

alcohol path1) Mouth: alcohol enters the body.
2) Stomach: some alcohol gets into the bloodstream in the stomach, but most goes on to the small intestine.
3) Small Intestine: alcohol enters the bloodstream through the walls of the small intestine.
4) Heart: pumps alcohol throughout the body.
5) Brain: alcohol reaches the brain.
6) Liver: alcohol is oxidized by the liver at a rate of about 0.5 oz per hour.
7) Alcohol is converted into water, carbon dioxide and energy.

Alcohol Impairment Chart for Men

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Alcohol Impairment Chart for Women

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Effects of Alcohol on Woman

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Womens are more sensitive to the effects of alcohol than men, and experience its harmful medical complications in a shorter period of time.

Women who consume as few as two drinks per day evan have a risk of developing high blood pressure. With as few as two or three drinks a day, a woman is at increased risk of dying from liver disease, cancer or injury. Consumption of as many as four drinks per day increases the risk of stroke among women. Women who drink heavily tend to develop liver or heart disease after fewer years of heavy drinking than men. These women also experience greater damage to their brain structure after fewer years of heavy drinking than men who are heavy drinkers. Higher levels of alcohol consumption may have negative effects on a woman’s menstrual cycle. She may have more painful, heavy, or irregular periods as a result. Heavy alcohol consumption may also lead to the deterioration of female reproductive health. Ovarian wasting or abnormal function, endometriosis, infertility and sexual dysfunction have all been observed in alcoholic women.

Affects of Alcohol

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Alcohol is a toxin – a mind-altering, behaviour changing drug. It also works as a depressant on the central nervous system and lowers inhibitions so that you may be likely to take risks or behave in a way that you wouldn’t if sober. See the detailed analysis below of how it affects you:

Alcohol affects your brain: Drinking alcohol leads to a loss of coordination, poor judgment, slowed reflexes, distorted vision, memory lapses, and even blackouts.

Alcohol affects your body: Alcohol can damage every organ in your body. It is absorbed directly into your bloodstream and can increase your risk for a variety of life-threatening diseases, including cancer.

Alcohol affects your self-control: Alcohol depresses your central nervous system, lowers your inhibitions, and impairs your judgment. Drinking can lead to risky behaviors, such as driving when you shouldn’t, or having unprotected sex.

Alcohol can kill you: Drinking large amounts of alcohol at one time or very rapidly can cause alcohol poisoning, which can lead to coma or even death. Driving and drinking also can be deadly. In 2003, 31 percent of drivers age 15 to 20 who died in traffic accidents had been drinking alcohol.1

Alcohol can hurt you even if you’re not the one drinking: If you’re around people who are drinking, you have an increased risk of being seriously injured, involved in car crashes, or affected by violence. At the very least, you may have to deal with people who are sick, out of control, or unable to take care of themselves.

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Tuesday, August 8th, 2006