Article by Zycle: Beer and Cycling

Article by Zycle: Beer and Cycling

Zycle (Spain) - There are many foods that help your cycling performance and general health. Caffeine, different carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins but what about alcohol? There are many truths and also myths that are involved with alcohol and its athletic performance. In this blog we are going to give you some ideas on how alcohol affects your body and mind.

In the end, it’s not bad at all. Even for cyclists. Everything is good in moderation, so is a cold beer. A glass of beer after a workout, brings health benefits.

  • better kidney function
  • reduced risk of type B diabetes
  • improving cognitive functions 
  • delivery of B vitamins

WebMD says: “Beer is thought to help prevent heart disease by increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as “good cholesterol.” Also, the vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) contained in beer can help lower homocysteine levels, a chemical considered to be one of the risk factors for heart disease.”

Also, moderate quantity means 0.33L.

Effects that we do not like:

  • Could make you gain weight

Since it is high in calories it is not like drinking only water! Having a few beers will also make you more hungry and could make you choose worse food options such as snacks and fast food. This definitely does not make you a faster cyclist.

  • Dehydration is a key factor

Due to the fact that you are drinking alcohol it will make you dehydrated.¡

  • Muscle cramps

There is a myth out there that says “beer is good for muscles”. However many studies have shown that it is not true and since it dehydrates you it is certainly not good for your muscles.

To sum up I would say that beer is a fun drink. You need to be careful with the quantity, especially after your hard workout. Make sure you have a cold one with your cycling friends after conquering the biggest climbs!

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