Usually I enjoy my beer post-run. Occasionally I’ll have a few during my run.
But now, I find out it may be possible to make the the connection between beer and running even more seamless.
That’s if the news of Auto Brewery Syndrome is actually a thing. According to the case of a Texas man reported by NPR:
When he ate or drank a bunch of starch — a bagel, pasta or even a soda — the yeast fermented the sugars into ethanol, and he would get drunk. Essentially, he was brewing beer in his own gut. tweet
Obviously, this isn’t a laughing matter for the guy who would accidentally get drunk “Sunday morning after being at church,” and it sounds like antibiotics could clear out his infection and restore his gut to normal working order.
But I could also see him using this to his advantage.
Since starches trigger the reaction, all he would have to do is carbo load before a run. As he’s working out, his body would naturally shunt blood away from his gut to his exercising extremities, which may slow down or stop the natural brewing process. Then during his cool down, all he’d have to do is wait for the blood to return and start brewing him up an internal beverage.
He would just have to make sure he’s monitoring his ABVs – Alcohol Belly Volume.