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 “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.
[techtags:BEER HYDRATION, BEER HYDRATES BETTER THAN WATER, BEER VS WATER, BEER AND EXERCISE]