Sports Drinks

I like to have a sports drink, Gatorade or Powerade, on hand if I’m working hard, out on a very hot/humid day or get sick, like a flu. They always seem to make me feel better, so is it the science or is it just in my head?. Would water have brought the same relief?

Sports drinks or electrolyte drinks, are advertised to help athletes replace water, electrolytes and energy. It was created in 1965 by the University of Florida College of Medicine for its sports program. It was originally sold in liquid or powder form in two flavors, lemon-lime and orange.

Gatorade is basically water, sucrose (table sugar), dextrose, citric acid, natural flavor, sodium chloride (table salt), sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, and flavoring/coloring ingredients.

Gatorade and Powerade have zero sugar options (important for Diabetics like me) and to help with reports of obesity in children. They have replaced the sugar with Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium and also added B3, B6 and B12. It has been detected that if used in the wrong cases a sports drink can hinder health or performance. An effect of drinking sports drinks with carbohydrates without prolonged exercise is weight gain. Through sweat, you are losing lots of nutrients and vitamins that are important for the appropriate functioning of your organism. When you consume sports drinks, you can effectively replenish these nutrients and vitamins. Carbohydrates are vital in keeping the high energy of your body especially when you are playing sports or exercising. During these circumstances, you need to keep your carbohydrate levels high in your system to maximize your performance.

Sports drinks can likewise erode your teeth up to thirty times more as compared to water. They also usually contain caffeine if that bothers you. I believe, drinking the sports drinks, when I do, is appropriate and really does help me get back up to a normal level. It is not a substitute for water, which I drink a lot.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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