Beer, the smooth, rich carbonated alcoholic beverage responsible for hangovers, drunk texts, notoriously bad decisions, and walks of shame everywhere. Beer gets a bad rap sheet and a lot of fitness gurus will tell you to shy away from the evil drink at all costs. Even though beer gets a bad rap I feel it’s time to play the defense attorney for 1 or maybe even 2 post workout pints.
After doing some research on the nutritional content of beer with Best Health Magazine it is apparent beer does posses some very key nutritional properties. A bottle of beer can contain up to 92 mg of potassium, 14 mg of calcium, and 48 mg of phosphorus. These nutrients all play a key role in helping our muscles function during exercise. Beer can also replenish your carbohydrate stores after a strenuous workout. In addition your daily glass contains silicon a nutrient important for bone growth and development. Lastly, beer can keep you regular, with 1 glass providing you with up to 5% of your daily fiber needs.
Although I’m not advocating for you to give up your vegetables just yet, beer can be an integral part of a healthy diet. As an added benefit those who drink get more social interaction, which is shown to keep us healthy as we age. Just remember not to drink more than 1 glass daily for women and 2 daily for men.