Actually, Athletes Should Drink Beer

Courtesy pixabay

Actually, Athletes Should Drink Beer

by Cat Bradley | Featured | Sep 11, 2017

There’s nothing like cracking a brewski at the finish line or hitting the pub after a tough spin class. Downing a cold one after a workout is a thirst quenching acknowledgment of a job well done. However, it can seem counterintuitive to succumb to such a dietary vice when working towards fitness goals.

We can agree that beer won’t be listed amongst popular super foods but visiting your favorite brewery post workout won’t unravel all the hard work you just put in at the gym, either. In fact, Matt Fitzgerald, an award-winning endurance sports journalist, encourages a pint or two after difficult training.

In case you need an excuse to enjoy a post-workout ale, here are three reasons athletes should drink beer.

1. Get Your B Vitamins in Your Pint Glass

B vitamins convert the food we eat into usable energy, the synthesis of red blood cells facilitating the transportation of oxygen, and the repair of damaged muscles. Therefore, B vitamins are essential for optimum energy production and recovery in athletes.

Lucky for beer lovers, malt used to brew beers is chock full of B-Complex vitamins. Namely, Riboflavin which plays a critical role in oxygen transportation, Niacin, promoting healthy cholesterol levels, and Vitamin B6, regulating sleep hormones such as melatonin.

2. Drinking Beer Helps Bones

An unfortunate drawback to intense exercise, especially for female athletes, is an increased risk of osteoporosis, or low bone density. Although most recreational athletes will never suffer from osteoporosis, it’s better to be safe than sorry and to protect your bones with a brew or two.

According to a study conducted by Jonathan Powell, the ethanol contained in beer is a weapon in combating bone loss, and the silicon promotes new bone growth. The combination of the two can help manage the decreasing bone density levels accompanied with increased age, or intense exercise.

3. Because You Can’t Get Too Many Antioxidants

Red wine has the reputation of an alcoholic superfood. A glass a day promises to rid your body of free-radicals threatening to toxify your body. What is lesser known, is that beer is loaded antioxidants equivalent to those found in wine. According to Charlie Bamforth, a professor of brewing sciences at the University of California, Davis, the antioxidants in wine are actually not as easily absorbed as the ones in beer, making a brew the clear choice.

Beer is Still Booze, so be Careful

Beer is great, and if consumed responsibly it can be an aid in recovery and help supplement key vitamins after a workout. However, no matter your drink of choice, alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it dehydrates you. So indulge in a drink after a workout without feeling guilty, but be sure to drink an additional glass of water for every pint you put down to ensure full recovery from demanding workouts.


11/15/17 // Blake Shelton: Most Adequate Man Alive

The internet was confused over the choice, given that Shelton has neither the physique nor the face for the level of panty-dropping one would expect from the world’s sexiest man. | read

11/17/17 // Ep 32 // Louis CK / ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

Kate Willett and Matt Ruby on Louis CK’s fall from grace. Charles Hinshaw on ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’ Molly Knefel on the linger effects of the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape; Sneak preview of Jane Weaver’s BTR Live Studio session. | listen

11/13/17 // Avocaderia

Chelsea White visits Avocaderia, the world's first avocado bar, located inside Industry City Food Hall in Brooklyn, New York. Co-owner Francesco Brachetti talks about the inspiration behind Avocaderia… | watch

11/15/17 // The Last Think Tank on the Left

People's Policy Project aims to make a progressive splash in the think tank world. | read

11/14/17 // “Kim” by Joy Again

Hailing from the rich cultural breeding ground of Philadelphia, Joy Again is a quintet right at that vital point in their career between just starting out and truly figuring out their sound - in this… | watch

11/10/17 // Terra Lightfoot

 Terra Lightfoot is a Canadian roots/rock musician with the kind of powerful, bluesy voice that knocks you off your feet. | listen