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Is it in You? Gatorade, which is manufactured by PepsiCo accounts for about 75 percent of the market share for sports drinks. Through colorful packaging, a variety of different flavors, and countless athlete endorsements, Gatorade and other sports drink products appeal to all ages and all fitness levels. The question is: if it is in you, will it help you perform better, stay hydrated, and recover faster?
The main ingredients found in sports drinks are sodium, potassium, carbohydrates and sugar. All four elements help restore electrolyte and mineral balances in order to replenish what the body has lost through exercise and sweating. Many recreational athletes choose to substitute a sport drink for water because of the sweet taste and easy drinkability, but that does not mean consuming water is not important. Drinking unnecessary amounts of a sports drink will increase your intake of calories, sugars and toxins from artificial flavorings. It is best to have a balance while hydrating so you can receive the benefits of both liquids. If you have any doubts, always read the label closely and become aware of any hidden ingredients in your beverage.
If sports drinks are too sweet or contain certain ingredients you want to stay away from, there are a few options to ensure that you are replenishing your body during and after a workout. Powders are gaining popularity because they normally come with fewer added sweeteners , and less added sugars, flavors, and colors while offering the same balance of electrolytes. There are also many homemade recipes, which include ingredients like honey, water, orange juice, lemon juice, hot and cold water and salt. In this situation, you are able to control what you are putting in your body. Till next time; choose your sport drink wisely and don’t forget the water!!!