According to new research, men who drink one lager a day – alcoholic or not – have more diverse gut microbes. Great news, as good gut health is known to prevent several chronic diseases.
The benefits and dangers of alcohol have been long debated in medical science, but that’s hardly stopped it from being widely consumed across the world.
It’s estimated that 2 billion people consume alcohol on a regular basis, with 76 million people reporting unhealthy relationships with alcohol – such as dependence or abuse.
Though the negative health effects of drinking are (painfully) obvious if you’ve ever experienced a hangover, a recent study suggesting alcohol speeds up brain shrinking in adults over 50 has furthered the narrative that drinking too much might not be a great choice.
At the same time, investigations into the ways alcohol can serve to improve our bodily functions have shown that a glass of red wine is good for the heart, makes ischemic strokes less likely, and could help with cholesterol levels.
In the latest discovery, beer appears to be helping with gut health – a hot topic in the field of wellness right now. Gut health has been linked to overall wellbeing and plays a part in maintaining mental health.