Non-Alcoholic Beer: The Ultimate Sport Recovery Drink
Beer and sports go together like....well, beer and sports. Whether it's after a long run, bike ride, tennis match, or day on the golf course the first thing many of us reach for is a cold beer.
The good news is that beer can be a great post-workout recovery drink. But before you order another round there's one small caveat: it's only effective if it's non-alcoholic beer. In fact various scientific studies have documented the benefits of non-alcoholic beer as a post-workout recovery drink including more rapid hydration and electrolyte replacement, reduced inflammation and overall improved immune system health.
You've probably read about the health benefits of drinking beer before. Most often the negative effects of the alcohol are ignored or downplayed but that doesn't change the fact that the other ingredients in the beer are incredibly healthy. Beer is packed with vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols. Polyphenols are micronutrients thought to be helpful in preventing degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Alcohol on the other hand is a known carcinogen and a diuretic so when the alcohol is removed you're left with a very healthy and hydrating beverage. Non-alcoholic beer has even been proven to be more hydrating than drinking water or a high sugar energy drink thanks again to the natural vitamin and mineral content that will replace the electrolytes lost during a workout.
Today's non-alcoholic beers aren't like what your Grandpa used to drink. Innovations in brewing technology have allowed for complex and flavorful non-alcoholic beers to be created in a variety of styles such as stout, lager, ale, radler and wheat beer. So next time you cross the finish line, step off court, or tee-off at the 19th hole reach for a near beer and let your body enjoy the ultimate sport recovery drink.