2013-06-07 / Columnists

Ken & Jen’s Fitness Forum

By Jen Font de Bon and Ken Pena

We’re Jen Font de Bon & Kenny Peña, certified trainers, spinning instructors and nutrition nuts from Suncycle Studios. Our goal is to help people reach theirs. We promote physical, mental and emotional health, aiding others in finding and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

A brewskie a day keeps the doctor away? Consuming any alcoholic beverage in excess can lead to major health problems. However, studies have shown that drinking beer responsibly could be just as beneficial for the heart as wine. Keep it to one a day to reap maximum health benefits. *

HEART HEALTH. Studies have shown that adults who consume a pint of beer daily can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by thirty-one percent. But don’t overdo it! Risk skyrocketed for those who ingested higher amounts of alcohol. Moderate drinking helps keep the arteries from getting clogged, which lowers risk of heart attacks and dying from heart disease.

BRAIN HEALTH. Consuming a beer a day may help ward off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Adults over 65 years old who drank one to six pints of beer per week showed a lower risk of developing dementia than those who drank excessively or didn’t drink at all.

STRONGER BONES. Beer is rich in silicon, which is linked to bone health. Adults who drank one or two beers a day tended to have higher bone density than those who didn’t. However, people who consumed more than this showed an increased risk for fractures. To get maximum benefits, pick a Pale Ale, which has the highest silicon levels.

BOOST VITAMIN LEVELS. A twelve-ounce bottle of brew contains more calcium, magnesium, and selenium than a serving of wine. Also, beer contains fiber and several B vitamins. B vitamins play important roles in the metabolism. They’re essential for the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, which provide energy for the body and help the nervous system function properly. Furthermore, B vitamins are vital for the eyes, hair, skin, mouth, and liver, not to mention muscle tone in the stomach.

IMPROVED MOOD. A recent study has shown that beer makes us happy, and not because of the alcohol. The flavor of the drink alone was enough to raise dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is linked to feelings of pleasure, as well as memory and decisionmaking.

LOWER RISK FOR DIABETES. One to two beers a day lowers the risk of developing type two diabetes by twentyfive percent. Why? Alcohol increases insulin sensitivity.

Beer doesn’t have to be paired with greasy burgers or pizza. Try complimenting it with lighter options this summer. For example, white Belgians go nicely with salads and seafood. Try ceviche, or a light citrusy salad topped with goat cheese or feta.

*Alcohol should not be consumed by persons under 21 years of age as it can cause major developmental problems.

Questions, comments? E-mail us @ admin@suncyclestudios.com, call 718- 318-3410, or stop by Suncycle Studios at 137 Beach 116 Street to talk to us in person.

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