If you happen to be on a health and fitness rampage, you may have found yourself cutting out the pints. Although glorious ale is a delicious thirst-quencher, it’s not the first thing that comes to mind as a sensible lifestyle choice. But as it turns out, it may not be as bad as you think.
Beer actually has a surprising number of health benefits. First off, it contains a swag of nutrients in the form of electrolytes; they’re all the goodies in our body responsible for the function of our cells and organs. To get into specifics, beer includes trace amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium to name a few.
Studies have also shown that beer-drinkers have significantly lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure, not to mention less chance of developing kidney stones.
A particular study in Spain went one step further and tested what would happen if their subjects swapped water for beer post-exercise. The results showed that those who drank beer – which is about 90% water – were more hydrated than those who just drank old mate H20.
As with all studies though, you’ve gotta take them with a grain of salt. Just because some dude in Spain tried it out, doesn’t mean you should get sloshed after a workout. While beer isn’t the devil, it still contains alcohol which should always be consumed in moderation.
So what’s the verdict? You probably shouldn’t swap all your fluids for froths, but it doesn’t mean you have to give them up entirely. See you at the pub!