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Is It Safe to Drink Sports Drink On Regular Basis?

December 23rd, 2007 · 4 Comments ·
 
 

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Assuming having plain water and sports drink on a table, many prefer the latter. Some people take sports drinks on a regular basis even if they are not exercising strenuously. So, is this a safe practice?

Before jumping into the conclusion, first, let’s understand what sports drink does:

  • The main idea behind sports beverages is to help keep people hydrated and supplied with energy throughout the exercise. These drink contains carbohydrate, sodium, potassium and other substances. The carbohydrate in these drinks provides energy, especially when we have used up much of our glycogen (stored carbohydrates).
  • Since we also lose some electrolytes (like sodium and potassium) from sweating during physical activity, including them in a sports drink makes sense.

However, during normal hours, do we need this drink? Certainly not if we are sitting around watching TV, surfing Internet, reading books. These calories add up significantly if we are drinking a lot of sports drink every day. Many of these fluid replacement drinks come in bottles which will total between 150 and 300 calories if the entire bottle is consumed.

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The added sugars in sports beverages are unnecessary for our bodies too. If we are exercising less than an hour time, we would fare better by drinking water or unsweetened flavored seltzers. If you need the extra calories, fresh fruit juice is a much better option. Milk is a good choice too.

Some sports beverages are fortified with additional vitamins. Read food and beverage labels carefully to see what may have been added to them.

Last but not least, sweetened beverage is not good for our teeth. So, the next time you grab the sports drink, think about several points I mentioned and decide whether you really need it.

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4 responses so far ↓
  • stupe // Dec 26, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    Sports drink is irrelevant if the activity is below 2 hours, IMHO. You do not potentially lose that much salt in those 2 hours, if you do, then you are not even hydrating enough or eating well.

  • brthomas6 // Oct 25, 2009 at 4:43 AM

    For all day kayaking trips I use a homemade sports drink made by diluting fruit juice and adding a little salt. This produces a natural sports drink with the nutrition from the fruit juice and no undesirable additives.

  • shaun judy // Nov 17, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    I like the idea that brthomas6 says about making your own sports drink. Sounds cool.

  • Fineen // Jul 18, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    This site is well worth looking at. I would particularly refer brthomas6 to the section on fructose. Just starting to look into this after I basicaly crashed during a medievil sword fight practice where I was using only water. 1 hr + 1 ltr of water = not enough by far. An interesting experience.
    http://www.karinya.com/sportsdrinks.htm

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