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Can Beer Help you Rehydrate?

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The Washington Times recently published an article praising beer as a rehydration tool after a work out. According to the article, Professor Manuel Garzon from Granada University in Spain conducted a study that suggests beer is better than water for rehydration. The Washington Times and The Telegraph both report:

“Professor Manuel Garzon also claimed the carbonation in beer helps to quench the thirst and that its carbohydrate content can help replace lost calories….”

The article continues by explaining Professor Garzon’s experiment:

“The study involved a group of students who were asked to work out until their body temperature reached 104 degrees. Researchers then gave beer to half of the students and water to the other half.”

Of course, the findings of Garzon’s study showed that there was a “slightly better” effect on the hydration of the students who had beer than those who had only water. Garzon released his findings via press conference in 2007. Therein lies the problem: if a medical study is to hold any ground scientifically it should be published as a medical paper, or in a medical journal. The fact that the results of the study were released in a press conference insinuates that his finding were never reviewed by his peers or experts.

Nutritionist-trainer Ariane Hundt. had this to say:

“Alcohol is known to act like sugar in the body, if you’re looking to lose fat then alcohol should be minimized at all costs since it stops fat burning and can increase cravings for sugar the next day.”

So, now that you’re thoroughly bummed you shouldn’t sip on a cold beer after working out hard, here are some ways you can boost your hydration levels without getting intoxicated.

Create better hydration habits

Doing things like bringing a water bottle with you while you ride a bike or drive in a car is a great way to make sure you’re drinking water. Starting your morning off with a few glasses of water can rehydrate you for the next day.

Drink Chia seeds

The Chia seeds that float around inside absorb 9 to 12 times their weight in water, which helps with prolonged hydration. You can add Chia seeds to water, coconut water and juices, although its best to stay away from ones with high sugar content. Chia seeds have other nutrients that are mentioned in one of our other articles, Ch-ch-ch-Chia Seeds: The Ancient Super Seed.

Don’t dehydrate

Eliminate diuretics, drinks that make your body get rid of more water. Drinks with caffine, teas, sodas, and alcohol all make your body lose more water. Spending a long amount of time in an air-conditioned room or airplane can also have dehydrating effects.

Opt for natural sources of electrolytes

Coconut water is full of electrolytes that can help you stay hydrated, just make sure you choose the most natural source possible and watch the sugar.

Sip water

You should always choose water as your fist choice of beverage. Having a bottle handy at all times is a great way to make sure you don’t stray from your new hydration goals. This picture is an excellent way to make sure you’re sipping water throughout the day:

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