Is beer really all that hydrating?

It would seem that beer can hydrate our bodies in the same way as water. This is the conclusion of a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Friends drinking beer
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Friends drinking beer

Of course, alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health. However, in small doses, numerous scientific studies have shown that beer has interesting properties for the proper functioning of our bodies.

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An effective painkiller

You suffer from migraines or muscle pain, but you are doing everything you can to limit your consumption of medicines? Here is the solution to your problem. According to a British study published at the end of 2016 in the Journal of Pain, it would appear that beer is an effective painkiller to combat your various ailments. And yes, this alcoholic drink does not only accompany your evenings with friends. It is also said to have inveterate therapeutic virtues.

The researchers suggest that 'alcohol is an effective analgesic that provides a clinically significant reduction in pain intensity.' But they do not explain how beer reduces the pain. Be careful, of course, not to drink too much of it. Health professionals recommend not drinking more than 4 standard glasses of beer. It is also advisable to abstain from alcohol at least one day a week.

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A new discovery

And it would seem that the evaporation of pain is not the only benefit of drinking beer. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, beer can quench our thirst in the same way as water.

If the beer consumed is low in alcohol, then it allows maximum hydration of the body. According to English scientists, with less than 4% alcohol in the composition, the diuretic effect would be corrected thanks to the sugars and mineral salts that would retain water in the body.

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