Well before Gatorade became a household brand, athletes the world over consumed sports drinks during training and competitions. People who enjoy sport have long looked to liquids to rehydrate, replenish lost energy, and build up muscle. From raw eggs to beer, cultures from the world over have some unusual ways to hydrate during sport.
1. Beer (non-alcoholic)
This is the sports drinks of Germany, especially at the most elite levels of sport. Would you expect anything less from the home of Oktoberfest? A German brewery-financed study found that distance runners who drink non-alcoholic beer recover faster, thanks to phenols that reduce inflammation and guard against illness.
During the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Kombacher brewery supplied Athlete’s Village with nearly 1000 gallons of non-alcoholic beer. Most of Germany’s winter athletes guzzled tons of the stuff, and helped their country tie for first place in the gold medal haul. Pröst!