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

 5 of 8 

Champagne (125ml) 

ABV 12%

Alcohol units 1.5

Calories 95

Protein 0.4g

Carbs 1.8g

Running plus A recent Reading University study found that champagne had a positive effect on endothelial function, a strong indicator of heart disease. The researchers concluded that daily moderate consumption may improve your vascular performance.

Health bonus Bubbly  may benefit your brain. The Reading study also found that grape varieties used in champagne can aid memory via a compound called phenolic acid. Their conclusion: three glasses a week after the age of 40 could stave off brain disorders including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Imbiber beware Fizz combined with alcohol can weaken the valve between your stomach and oesophagus, leading to reflux and heartburn. 

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