Finding Healthy Organic Beers And Healthy Organic Wines
So I’ve had a few people interested in knowing more about organic beers and organic wines, basically wanting to know if they are healthy and ok to drink.
I know some people out there believe all alcohol is poison, that it’s bad, don’t do it. Then there’s lots of research saying a little bit of alcohol like a glass of wine or beer can actually be quite healthy. To say all alcohol is good or bad is quite a generalisation, so I want to share my point of view on what is available.
I think on certain occasions a glass or two of organic preservative free wine or beer can have a place. For thousands of years different cultures have based themselves around getting together and socialising. Often having fermented drinks like wines and beers were a part of that. I believe it creates a social connection and it can be fun thing. Just as long as it’s done consciously.
Distilled Alcohol For Cleaning Or For Drinking?
My father has the philosophy that distilled alcohol like vodka was designed and used for cleaning the body. It would be used to instantly clean the skin and wounds.
Distilled alcohol is very hot in it’s nature. Anytime you put something hot in your mouth or down your throat you tend to have a reaction. Just think about smoking a cigarette, you naturally want to cough. The same with distilled alcohol, there’s a burning sensation on your throat. Anytime you try to overcome that kind of reaction it’s probably not a good thing.
I would not recommend drinking straight alcohol, in fact I would say it’s quite toxic, it’s tough on the liver and it’s probably not something you want to be doing regularly.
I often get asked about diluting hard alcohol with a mixer. I think if you can dilute it with some fresh squeezed orange juice (or any fresh squeezed juice) to really radically reduce the concentration of alcohol (say 1:6 ratio) that’s the best option. I’d rather have you that, than having 3 straight shots!
I prefer to use my vodka in the way the ancients did, for skin cleaning like in the process of guasha.
Benefits of The Odd Glass Of Wine Or Beer
I would take the belief that fermented drinks like wine or beer can be ok in moderation, especially if they’re organic. If you look at beer there’s a lot of B vitamins and even fermented bacteria cultures that can actually improve digestion, to a degree.
With wine there is a level of antioxidants from the grapes that research has shown to be beneficial. For example there has been loads of research on resveratrol and it’s capacity to be anti-ageing on the body.
What To Look For On The Packaging
Even more important than organic is making sure there are no chemical preservatives added. Be aware that organic wine may have added preservatives like sodium sulphides. These are known carcinogens that amongst other things, can cause damage the liver, which is obviously not good.
Organic wine and beer isn’t so hard to buy but to find one that is actually preservative free is a little more work.
When it comes to beer look for one that is labelled ‘preservative free’. I recommend looking for German beers. In Germany they have a law that they can only use 3 or 4 ingredients which is like yeast, hops, malt and… whatever, maybe water!! Another tip is to add a lot of lemon, like literally half or a whole lemon into a nice sized beer. If you’ve ever seen me and my dad have a beer before you’ll noticed that we put a lot of lemons in it I think beer tastes fantastic.
Preservative free wine is a little harder to find. However there are a few reports claiming that you can add a powder like SO2GO, to reduce the sodium sulfide content. I don’t have personal experience with this but there seems to be a bit of research around it. So if you’re going to drink wine anyway then take a look for yourself.
Everything In Moderation
You know personally at one point of my life I probably had two or three beers every single night to relax. I just found it wasn’t the best thing for me so I gave up that habit years ago.
Nowadays if there is a gathering of family and friends for some sort of occasion I will have a couple of beers that are preservative free preferably organic and add some lemons.
I believe it’s still okay to have a good time. Getting out and socialising and having fun is part of a healthy lifestyle. My advice is to keep on eating whole foods, getting some sunshine, going for long walks and not being too caught up about having an occasional drink.
Thanks for reading,