Beer hydrates the body after exercise as much as water does, according to a study presented at Brussels’ “VI Symposium on Beer and Health”
Doctor Manuel Castillo from the University of Granada presented a study that demonstrates that the moderate consumption of beer after practicing sports is as effective as water for rehydration.
Castillo measured the reaction of both water and beer after intense physical exercise in a group of young males, and found drinking beer doesn’t interfere with the rehydration process that follows exercising.
Castillo also said that during the symposium, his team will present another study that shows there is no relationship between beer consumption, and the development of a “pot belly.”
Now, have in mind the words “after exercise” and “moderate consumption“.
Anyway, this new study only proves the one conducted in 2007 was right:
Researchers at Granada University in Spain have come across a discovery that will undoubtedly please athletes and sports enthusiasts – a pint of beer post-workout or match is better at rehydrating the human body than water.
Professor Manuel Garzon, a member of Granada’s medical faculty, made the finding after tests on 25 students over several months. Researchers believe that it is the sugars, salts, and bubbles in a beer that may help people absorb fluids more quickly.
The subjects in the study were asked to run on a treadmill at temperatures of 104F (40C) until they were close to exhaustion. Once they had reached the point of giving up, researchers measured their hydration levels, motor skills, and concentration ability.
Half of the subjects were given two half pints of Spanish lager to drink, and the other half were given just water.
Garzon said that the rehydration effection in those who were given beer was “slightly better” than those who were given only water. He also believes that the carbon dioxide in beer helps quench thirst more quickly, and that beer’s carbohydrates replace calories lost during physical exertion.
The average person loses around 1 liter (33oz) of water for every hour of exercise in sweat. Rehydrating after a workout is crucial, as a lack of hydration is more likely to make one feel tired, fuzzyheaded, and suffer from headaches.
Based on the results of the study, researchers recommend moderate consumption of beer as a part of athletes’ diets. “Moderate consumption” for men is 500ml per day, and for women is 250ml per day.
So that explains why Babe Ruth was so good. His method of training was nearly 100 years ahead of its time.