By Meredith Sheldon

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a cold bottle of beer in your hand?

For all you health nuts out there, don’t hold back from sipping some suds on this holiday. Beer, whether it is dyed green or not, is loaded with surprising health benefits.

Gets your gut going

Drinking too much beer can give you the infamous “beer belly” since this fizzy beverage is high in carbs. However, drinking one to two beers before a meal can help with digestion, according to an article by the Harvard School of Public Health.

Helps with hair growth

You can even apply beer directly to your hair to achieve health benefits. According to an article in Naturehelps.me, beer is chock-full of proteins and B-vitamins that can stimulate hair growth. Mixing an egg, 1/2 a cup of beer and a teaspoon of avocado oil can nourish your hair. If you prefer to drink your beer, ingredients (like silicon) in the beverage can also promote hair growth, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging.

Reduces risk of kidney stones

A bud a day can keep the kidney stones away. Moderate beer consumption lowers risk of kidney stones in males by 40 percent, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. But be careful; drinking too much beer can harm your kidneys.

Increases brain health

A little bit of beer can better your brain. According to a study in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, light beer consumption can help ward off neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. Drink up!

You can drink it after working out

Who needs a post-workout shake when you can simply sip a beer? This bubbly brew can boost your recovery by quenching your thirst and replacing lost calories, according to researchers at Granada University.

Kicks cataracts goodbye

Who knew doctors could prescribe Coors and Bud Light for cataract prevention? Beer is high in antioxidants, so drinking one a day can help prevent the formation of cataracts and help your eye health, according to an article in BBC News.

Boosts your bone density

Beer drinkers have better bones, according to a Tufts University study. Those who drink a moderate to light amount of beer have stronger bones compared to those who do not. However, researchers found that drinking hard liquor or too much beer can have the opposite effect.