Doh! Yes, it’s true. Researchers at the Granada University in Spain just completed the study that showed that beer helped better when someone was dehydrated due to the bubbles and the carbohydrates in the yeasty brew. It appears the bubbles quench your thirst, while the carbohydrates in beer help make up for the calories you just burned during exercise. One down side is that the extra calories may or may not negate the exercise itself if you overdo the beer drinking.
The study took a group of college students and had them complete a series of activities in a room heated to 104 degrees. Afterwards half were given a pint of beer to drink and the other half a pint of water to drink. Testing showed the beer drinkers had a slight edge over the water drinkers for how hydrated they were. It appears that the beer somehow lets the body keep more of its precious moisture.
So, the next time you plan on some strenuous exercise, perhaps you should have a little brewski waiting for you afterwards. However, one does have to be careful not to drink and drive after downing any beer after your exercise session, so as always, drink responsibly!