Is Beer the New Chocolate Milk After Working Out?

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A study in Spain discovers that beer is a good post-workout beverage.
Several years ago, studies proved that drinking low-fat chocolate milk after working out replenishes the body and builds muscles with its combination of carbs and protein, which water lacks.

However, researchers at Granada University in Spain have discovered that beer can hydrate your body after a workout better than drinks like Gatorade, water and chocolate milk. Having beer after a workout follows the same concept of drinking chocolate milk after a workout; the carbohydrates and protein in beer work together to replenish the body with necessary calories lost during a workout.

Of course, water rehydrates the body after a workout, but the added bonus of carbohydrates and protein helps the body recover better.

I believe it is safe to say that many of us have consumed a beer or two after a long run or intense cardio workout. But now you don't have to feel guilty for having a glass of cold beer after your exercise. Instead, feel good about it.

In the Spanish study, a group of students worked out until their bodies reached a temperature of 104 degrees. Half of the students were then given water and the other half were given beer.

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Chocolate milk is a good post-workout drink for the morning if you'd rather not have a beer.
The half who were given beer instead of water were rehydrated better than those who were given water post-workout. The reason is that the carbonation in beer actually quenches your thirst and the carbohydrates make up for the calories burned during your workout. Water lacks the carbohydrates and carbonation, so it won't have the same hydrating effect on the body as a glass of beer would.

There is a caveat to this idea, however: Just as with chocolate milk, you don't want to gulp down several bottles of beer after your workout. Be wise in your consumption (as you always should be).

We usually don't crave beer in the morning, however, so if your workouts occur then, I suggest sticking to chocolate milk and Gatorade. But apparently beer can do your body some good after a workout. Just don't overdo it.



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Suzy Bruisie Q Stone
Suzy Bruisie Q Stone

I used to drink just one beer after a workout. Of course, I hydrated with water before and during, as well as after. But there was something about that one beer immediately after.

Brad Lambert
Brad Lambert

already commented on this... answer is no.... Alcohol has inhibitory effects on muscle protein synthesis which is an important part of regeneration and recovery from exercise. Additionally beer does not provide an adequate quantity of amino acids which are required as much as carbohydrate or fluid replacement for adequate recovery from exercise.

Cathi Walsh
Cathi Walsh

studies don't "prove" anything, they simply substantiate some kind of point that the next study will "disprove" (eg, hormone replacement therapy; cigarette smoking, the "safety" of antiflammable infant sleepwear; etc) and anyone who thinks that chocolate milk is a good idea in any case, ought to rethink it.

doucheyclubguy
doucheyclubguy

Jushh finsh myy wrk outt an ddrinlk 18 boiottls of beeer. feeeelll verrry refffresshdddd an hydrattedddd 

Brad Lambert
Brad Lambert

I'm currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. The issue with replenishment after exercise (along with hydration) is also the stimulation of muscle protein synthesis. Unfortunately alcohol can impede this process thus making any alcoholic beverage less effective than simply water and a meal. So, rehydration is not the whole story here. Stick to gatorade and well balanced meals folks. That said, one or two alcoholic drinks probably wont have that much of a negative effect. Just don't count on it as a good source of post workout nutrition.

Laura Sprehe
Laura Sprehe

So my 3 beers post workout this Evening didn't do 3 times the rehydrating?

Matthew
Matthew

how does the alcohol in the beer not lead to further dehydration?

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Laura Sprehe Solution: drink more beer.

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