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Beer as a Post Workout!

Fitness & Wellbeing

The popular belief in Indian gyms “Beer aur Chicken se body banegi” promotes the benefits of drinking beer after a workout. Young Indian gym-goers seem to prefer consuming beer rather than supplements. Beer’s carbohydrate content is compared to the “beer belly” effect, which, for some, is the primary motivation for hitting the gym. The alcohol would dehydrate an already dehydrated system. Beer, a plant-based drink consisting of barley, hops, and yeast, doesn’t contains adequate amounts of electrolytes to restore those lost during exercise. There is an upside. Nonalcoholic beer, which still contains its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capacity, has been shown to enhance immunity following strenuous physical activity, which temporarily reduces immune function. This is caused by the increase in oxidant production (a necessary evil during physical stress), which then engages and partially depletes immune activity as the body tries to reverse some of the damage done by exercise.

Studies state that excessive intake of alcohol can slow protein synthesis, the process by which muscles adapt, repair themselves, and grow after being subject to physical activity. In the study, athletes who consumed large amounts of alcohol (8 shots of vodka + orange juice over the span of 3 hours) saw a 40% decrease in the rate of protein synthesis. While the study clearly indicates that excessive amounts of alcohol can be detrimental to muscle building, the effects of moderate drinking are not clear. Current thoughts suggests that the relationship between alcohol intake and protein synthesis is linear; that is, moderate alcohol intake may curb the rate of protein synthesis, just not as dramatically.

So, it seems like beer in its natural form can’t be recommended as a recovery aid. What if it’s recipe was tweaked in such a way so as to get the most of its natural components, minimise the effects of alcohol, and enhance its electrolyte content, all while still maintaining the flavor people have come to love?

Contrary to popular belief, a pint of your favourite brew can help with something other than the development of a “beer belly.” A low-alcohol beer enriched with sufficient electrolyte content seems to be a viable post-workout recovery aid. The research in this area is still nascent, but we look forward to finding out how tailoring one of Indian’s favorite beverages like a Protein Beer(serious this time) can help with facilitating physical activity and improving health.

Article provided by Tejas Lalwani

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