Good thing Martha at That's Fit caught it, because Crabby hates to let news like this go by unnoticed. After all, it's her favorite kind of study: when something she likes turns out to be good for you in a completely unexpected way! And this time, it's really unexpected:
Beer consumed after an intense workout can actually help you rehydrate.
Which is of course the exact opposite of everything you've ever read. Researchers think the sugars, salts and carbonation in the beer assist with fluid absorption.
The beer study comes from Granada University in Spain, where a Sadistic Med School Professor apparently made 25 volunteers run on a treadmill in 104 degree heat until they were about to die but not quite. (Killing study participants is frowned upon, even in med schools where the professors could make great use of the cadavers for educational purposes).
Anyway, the researchers took some measurements from the nearly-dead participants, including their hydration levels, "concentrationability," and motor skills. (Is concentrationability even a word? Well, sure it is--at least after a few beers). Then they gave half of 'em a pint of Spanish lager, while the rest got water. Next, everyone got to drink as much water as they wanted.
And guess what? Those who got beer had a "slightly better rehydration effect."
The Daily Mail article also mentions that "sensible drinking of one or two units (of beer) a day can reduce the risk of heart disease, dementia, diabetes and Parkinson's disease." And that beer ingredients are a "rich source of vitamins and minerals."
Wait, um who's reminding us of this again? Oh. "A spokesman for the Campaign for Real Ale."
But that's okay--Crabby's pretty sure she's read Real Studies that said the same good things about beer before. She's just too
And yet... Crabby probably won't be cracking open a Spanish Lager or even a Fat Tire Amber Ale after her next work out.
Well, for one...
Oh wait, lets make a list. Too many boring paragraphs, it definitely time for a list!
- Crabby usually works out sometime between 7:00-9:00 a.m.--and beer on her breath at that hour might alarm her neighbors.
- Beer doesn't taste as refreshing to her as water, perhaps because she's been told for years and years that beer will dehydrate her and she believed it and now her thirst has been trained to not even bother to go there when she's thirsty 'cause she's not getting any.
- Crabby hates being overheated and doesn't work out to the point of exhaustion, so her rehydration needs are pretty modest. Even those gatorade-y things are a total waste of calories as far as she's concerned.
- Crabby has decided after years of taking studies at face value that often the ones that come up with suprising new information completely out of the blue often turn out to be wrong. So she'll wait awhile before taking this one too seriously.
But what about you folks? Plan to chug a brewski after your next workout? Or what sort of beverages do you tend to drink, whether dehydrated or just sippin' for pleasure?
(Note: Crabby is aware that in trying to make some additions she has broken her blogroll. She will try to fix it as soon as she has a chance!)