Gatorade, Powerade, protein shake? Nope. After a hard workout, Germans are drinking non-alcoholic beer and it’s working.
According to the New York Times, Germany, between 2011 and 2016, upped their consumption of nonalcoholic beer by 43 percent; that’s the second-most in the world. In 2016, Germans drank three times as much alcoholic beer than they did sports drinks, and the German brewery Krombacher has even provided 3,500 liters of non-alcoholic (11,000 liters of regular) beer to the athletes’ village.
The science behind it found that marathon runners who drink a nonalcoholic beer for three weeks before and two weeks after a race had “significantly less inflammation and fewer upper respiratory infections” than those who had taken a placebo.
Flash forward to 2018 and the German Olympic team is leading the gold medal count and second to only Norway in overall medals.
In summary, drink more beer, win more medals.
I love science.