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Research Finds This Beer Can Protect You From Liver Disease

Research Finds This Beer Can Protect You From Liver Disease

Now there’s another reason to drink beer that could possibly save your life.

What we once knew about beer as a vile beverage that you should abstain from as best as possible could change with this new research study suggesting that “hoppy” beer can actually help to reduce the risk of liver disease.

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If you’re looking for ways on how to protect your liver, beer might just be that solution.

Experiment On Benefits Of Beer With Hops

Researchers from Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany carried out an experiment with three groups of mice. One group was given beer with hops while the other was given beer without hops. The last group was then given ethanol. Results showed the mice that drank beer without hops had the same amount of fat accumulation – which is one of the main causes of liver diseases – as those that drank the ethanol.

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The results from this study strongly support previous studies done to show that people who drink hard liquor frequently – which is not made with hops –   are more susceptible to liver diseases.

How to Protect your Liver with Hops

Hops come from the hops flower called Humulus lupulus and are mostly used to add flavour to the beer and it also acts as a preservative. The study conducted have also shown that hops have the ability to reduce the formation of a compound called reactive oxygen species. These compounds are blamed for causing high damage to the liver because of its high reactivity.

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More evidence of hops having medicinal value lies in how researchers at the Mediterranean Neurological Institute in Italy have found that acids called humulones and lupulones can stop diseases and bacteria growth. Researchers at the university are also looking for a way to extract these compounds to develop active agents that have a chance of fighting cancers and diseases.

Drink In Moderation

But among all the positive studies done on hops, you must definitely not take it for granted thinking that regular beer drinking is the only solution on how to protect your liver. As with all the other alcoholic drinks, beer must be drunk in moderation. Although the research has shown some good signs of what hops can do to your body, it is still not known as to exactly what amount of hops should be in the beer for positive effects to be seen, as the amount can vary with different types of beer.

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Featured photo credit: Beer via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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