The drinking runner’s handbook

It’s that time of year. You’re inevitably going to imbibe something stronger than coconut water. But a well-chosen tipple will minimise damage to your running body.



by Jonathan Thompson

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White wine (175ml) 

ABV 11% 

Alcohol units

Calories 130

Protein 0.2g

Carbs 1g

Running plus A drop of white eases joint pain. It contains tyrosol and caffeic acid, which, according to Italian scientists at the University of Pisa’s Neuroscience Department, can help suppress inflammatory reactions. 

Health bonus When drunk moderately (no more than three small glasses a day), US scientists at the University of Buffalo found white wine can help keep your lungs healthy. It contains antioxidants that stop the creation of harmful molecules in that area. 

Imbiber beware Vin blanc makes your stomach secrete extra acid, irritating the lining and inflaming your digestive tract, which can lead to nausea. It’s also thought that the sulphur dioxide – used to preserve the grapes – can trigger asthma. 


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