Grab yourself a beer, put your feet up, and settle in to learn what Millie Bowers of South Carolina claims is the secret to a long life.
If you like to keep a cold one or two in the refrigerator, read on. But before you do, why not crack open a brew and use it in a recipe? Beer Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip is a great snack or appetizer. You’ll make it again and again, trust me.
Drink Beer. Live Longer?
Millie Bowers has surely been asked again and again for her secret to living a long life. Before her 103rd birthday in 2016, she shared her thoughts about her longevity with a reporter from her hometown news station, WCSC Live 5 News.
“It’s all in the genes,” she said. And then she smiled wide and added, “Have a beer – doctor’s orders.”
She said her doctor gave her the green light to have a cold one in her assisted living facility. Millie enjoys a frosty glass of suds every day at 4 PM!
Turns out beer actually has some health benefits.
Okay, sure. Knocking back a 6-pack every night probably isn’t the best thing to do if you want to live as long as Millie. But, she makes a good point.
It contains more protein and B vitamins than wine. (source)
Moderate consumption increased bone density in men. (source)
Moderate drinkers are 23 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and dementia than those who don’t drink beer. (source)
The hops in beer have anti-inflammatory properties. (source)
Folks who drink 3 to 4 times per week are less likely to develop diabetes than those who never drink. (source)
Those who have one drink daily are 54 percent less likely to have a weight problem than those who don’t. (source)
A drink that’s good for a lot of things!
It kills slugs. Apparently beer is to slugs what chocolate and bacon are to me. When you put a little dish of it in your garden, slugs will come from all over to knock back a couple. Sadly, once they are in the dish to drink, they can’t get back out. Two things about this.
1) It makes me sad slugs fall into a dish of beer and die.
2) Who first figured out that slugs drink beer? That’s a person I want to meet.
A great meat tenderizer. Try it in place of store-bought tenderizers you’ve tried and see what you think.
A beer will clean your gold jewelry. Drop your favorite rings in a bowl of beer, let it sit, rinse and polish. They will sparkle like crazy!
Thanks for the tip, Millie!
We’ll never look at beer quite the same way again. Cheers!