Will beer help improve your run/workout? Short answer: Abso-freaking-lutely. But, let’s assume that this isn’t a 5k costume-riddled “fun run” and that you’re a serious practitioner of terrestrial locomotion in the vein of Pheidippides himself, what then? Is there a benefit to quaffing a few ales after a race? As it turns out, there is.
A study conducted at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen at Klinikum rechts der Isar (say that 3 times fast) cites evidence that runners who drink 1.5 liters of wheat beer a day experience a great lessening of the inflammation which occurs as a result of their strenuous practices. This means that they are far less susceptible to colds and upper respiratory issues, and, if they do experience a cold, their immune systems have been strengthened to help combat the issue which results in a much milder illness. The culprits behind this amazing benefit are the polyphenols found in the beer.
So, the next time you’re finishing up a run and are looking for something that will quench your thirst and improve your health, push aside the fruit juice or sports drink and opt for a tasty Hefeweizen or Wit instead. You’ll be glad you did.
See, this guys knows what’s good for him.