Learn about the science behind beer running with featured speakers Dr. Manuel Castillo and Christopher McDougall. FREE, No registration is required. Dorrance H. Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street, Thomas Jefferson University, Connelly Auditorium, 7:00 PM

“Beer After Exercise: Yes or No?” Dr. Manuel Castillo, University of Granada Medical School
Beer is one of the most consumed beverages in the world and the first one containing alcohol. In USA, as in other Western countries, it is common practice to drink beer when thirsty and particularly after exercise or work, in order to quench thirst, to relax or as part of social relationships. This is particularly the case in the amateur context where this practice is considered part of the social aspect of many sport activities. Beer is composed of water (92-96%) and some other nutrients in small amounts (carbohydrates, B vitamins, and minerals) but it also contains alcohol (4-6%). This may represent a serious drawback since it can blunt beer’s rehydrating capacity and negatively affect the restoration of fluid balance by increasing the diuretic response in the body and by decreasing thirst. In young healthy physically active male individuals we studied whether a moderate beer intake (660 mL), as part of the rehydration, has any negative effect after a short but dehydrating bout of exercise in the heat (1 hour running at 60% VO2max at 35ºC ambient temperature). After studying relevant biochemical and physiological parameters susceptible of being influenced by alcohol, we have not found any deleterious effects neither on markers of hydration nor on indicators of physiological stress recuperation. These results specifically refer to a moderate consumption, but a higher alcohol intake should not be recommended as the physiological and health consequences could be dangerous

Christopher McDougall, Author of Born to Run presents,
“Drink a Beer, Run a Mile, Get Wings and a Halo: Confused? Christopher McDougall explains.” An avid beer runner, Chris will discuss the passion and compassion of beer runners.

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