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Are sports drinks just glorified sugar water?

Most of us know that one of the vital things you need to do when you exercise it to hydrate your body. After all, you are sweating and depending on the heat and humidity, if you are not careful, you can become dehydrated. Signs and symptoms of dehydration can include muscle cramps, feeling dizzy or light-headed, or even worse.

When we exercise, many of us choose to drink water as it seems like the logical choice. Water instantly rehydrates your body. When you feel thirsty, this is your body’s way of letting you know you need to replenish your liquids immediately. By the time you feel thirst, believe it or not, you are already dehydrated. But in addition to water, some of us also drink sports drinks. The difference between sports drinks and water is that they also contain sugars and electrolytes.

If you don’t know what an electrolyte is, it is “a substance that dissociates into ions in solution acquires the capacity to conduct electricity.” Some examples of electrolytes include potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. Some believe that drinking sports drinks is better for you than drinking plain water to help your body after you work out, but others say this is not necessarily so.

Let’s take a look at whether or not we really need to drink sports drinks or not.  This is a great video if you are someone who works out all of the time. And even if you don’t, this is great to find out which of the two is actually more hydrating!  In either case, you’ll find out information that you never knew before regarding dehydration, electrolytes and how they can help your body.

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