Yep, the researchers didn’t leave beer out of the study. The good news is that they found lager has the same hydrating potential as water. But (yes, there’s a but), note that separate research from the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found heavy, or full-strength, beer can have a dehydrating effect on the body and weaken your recovery and rehydration because of its alcohol and sodium content. That wasn’t the case for low-alcohol (2.3% ABV) beer, so choose wisely. Opt for these six workout-friendly brews here.
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