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Yellow Belly Saga

The Yellow Belly Saga: Four breweries and one beer

What’s in a name? Shakespeare famously stated that “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” but as Bart Simpson pointed out “Not if you called ’em Stenchblossoms”. With thousands of new beers coming out every year, the ability to give each beer a unique name becomes less and less possible. This issue […]

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plyometrics

Plyometrics You’re (probably) using it wrong

Plyometrics was first used by Soviet athletes in the 1980s. The term was coined by Fred Wilt, an American long-distance runner who had seen the athletes performing jumps and hops during their warm-ups. For the next 20 years, plyometrics was used by athletes to improve their explosive power, agility, and muscular strength. Around the early […]

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can beer be good for you

Can Beer Be Good For You? Unravelling the Science

It feels like every week there is a new article extolling the virtues of drinking beer. “A pint a day keeps the doctor away” screams out from a newspaper headline. But how accurate are these claims? Can beer be good for you? Let’s find out. There is strong evidence that the occasional beer can contribute […]

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the body coach

With Apologies to the Body Coach

I wrote this article pre-corona virus and have had it in my “to publish” section for a while. Since then, Joe Wicks has done some incredible things. Because of this, an old article I wrote about him is getting quite a bit of traffic. It was not the most flattering! Though I stand by what […]

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Does beer prevent kidney stones

Does Beer Prevent Kidney Stones?

I have never had a kidney stone. Passing a kidney stone is supposed to be as painful as giving birth. Considering I have a <1% of giving birth (who knows what the future holds) and a 19% chance of forming a kidney stone, I’d like to minimise my risk as much as possible! I’ve heard […]

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XPA Beer

XPA Beer: Everything You Need to Know

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed the term XPA crop up again and again. But I had no idea what it meant. In this article, I am going to take an in-depth look at what XPA beer is, and why you should care about it? XPA beer stands for Extra Pale Ale. XPA’s are […]

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Does drinking beer kill brain cells

Does Drinking Beer Kill Brain Cells?

Alcohol clearly affects the brain, if it didn’t then I’d have spent a lot less of my time randomly taking my clothes off during my early 20s. But does drinking beer kill brain cells? I wasn’t sure, so I have decided to do the research. Alcohol does not kill brain cells. However, chronic alcohol abuse […]

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Beer and Gut Health

Beer and Gut Health: Everything You Need to Know

Your gastrointestinal tract (gut) is vital to your health, and people are increasingly realising that a healthy gut can have positive repercussions in other aspects of your life. The media has recently made a lot of noise about the effect that beer has on gut health, promising both positives and negatives. But I really wanted […]

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How Does Beer Affect Your Hormones

How Does Beer Affect Your Hormones?

I have always been fascinated by the effects of hormones on our health, and vice versa. I find it very interesting how sleep, stress, exercise, and security can tangibly affect hormones. So naturally, it wasn’t long until I began to wonder “How does beer affect your hormones?” Beer drinking can have a number of effects […]

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Does beer hydrate you

Does Beer Hydrate You? An In-Depth Look

Beer is 95% water, so it really should hydrate you right? However, that extra 5% is mostly made up of alcohol. Which is a diuretic. This means that it can dehydrate you. So which is it? Does beer hydrate you? Or does it dehydrate you? Most beer available nowadays will not hydrate you, a beer […]

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