Best News Ever: Beer Hydrates Better Than Water

Have I got your attention yet? I know that headline got mine (thanks for passing the article, Margaret!)

My first thought was, How? I mean, one of the definitions of “hydrate” itself is to canteen“supply water to (a person, for example) in order to restore or maintain fluid balance” [source]. Of course, one of the key components of beer is water, so, I had to delve deeper.

According to the article, scientists had studied 25 students, putting their bodies through grueling runs in temperatures reaching 104°. Afterward, apparently half (would that be 12.5 people?) were given water after their trainings and the other half were given a Spanish lager.

They determined that the beer drinkers had ‘slightly better’ rehydration effects, which researchers attribute to sugars, salts, and bubbles in beer enhancing the body’s ability to absorb water. The carbohydrates in beer also help refill calorie deficits.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to put this theory to the test… but why wait for a run? Perhaps I should see how well beer rehydrates a web designer mid-way through the day.



  • M June 5, 2009 @ 2:14pm

    Nobody has left a comment about this post yet? Come on people!!! This is possibly the best news ever.

    Maybe after my 10K on saturday morning at freaking 8:30am (stupid people who decided on that time)…I will be cracking open a beer versus guzzling down my water.

    I’ll do my own case study…I’ve got plenty of other runners to be ‘my control’.

  • Hannah June 5, 2009 @ 2:27pm

    haha, RIGHT?? I mean, who doesn’t love a good long hike fueled by beer?

  • M June 8, 2009 @ 3:50pm

    fyi…Guzzled down 3 beers after a nice loong run and felt great! Truth is in the results!

  • Sean Smith - Fat Paddler May 27, 2010 @ 8:19pm

    This is going to become a crucial part of my post-paddle warm down from now on!

  • Hannah May 28, 2010 @ 8:58am

    Sean – good call! In fact, I wouldn’t have it any other way, if I were you 🙂

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