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Sports Drink Review- - What Do Athletes Gain From Them?

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Sports drinks are specially designed drinks to help the athletes replenish their fluids which are lost during  training or exercise. The sports drinks are loaded with electrolytes, which promote rehydration and delay the fatigue during workout. Today you see thousands of sports drink on market shelves. And while browsing through  the available range of sports drinks, many athletes find it pretty difficult to get all sports drinks reviews at one place. This review on sports drink will give you a general idea of what the product is all about and what are the pros and cons of using it.


 


 


Overview

As said before the Sports drinks help to replenish the water in the body and they are specially preferred by athletes during the workout phase. All sports drinks are classified into three types:


  • Hypertonic: Sports drinks containing higher amount of sugar and salt than a human body.

  • Isotonic: Sports drinks containing similar amount of sugar and salt than a human body.

  • Hypotonic: Sports drinks containing lower amount of sugar and salt than a human body.


Most of the athletes prefer to go by sports drinks that are isotonic in nature and serves them about 1 heaped teaspoon of sugar per ounce. The pH values of these sports drinks are far lower than carbonated soft drinks.


 


Working Action
When our body is subjected to intense exercise or workouts, it tends to lose lots of fluids, and minerals like choloride, sodium, calcium and potassium. If this loss is not mitigated with equal amounts of water and electrolytes, then the body will suffer badly. Sports drinks are loaded with carbohydrates and electrolytes necessary, which aid body in replenishing the lost nutrients and fluids, so that you enjoy optimal energy during work outs. Sports drinks are generally served to athletes during workouts instead of plain water because it can create electrolyte imbalance in the body.


 


Ingredients
The main ingredients of such drinks are water, sugars, artificial flavors and colors, and electrolytes. Most of the sports drinks normally use FDA approved artificial flavors and colors. These colors and flavors are added to the drink to enhance its visual appeal.


 


Benefits of Using Sport Drinks  


  • Fast electrolyte replacement: When we exercise the body loses nutrients like magnesium and potassium. Both of these minerals aid in prevention of weakness and muscle cramping. The risk of injuries increase along with decreasing levels of electrolytes in the body. Most of the sports drinks are enriched with sodium, potassium, and other electrolytes, which act as a fast replacement for electrolyte.

  • Taste: One of the most recounted benefits offered by sports drinks is that they deliver tastes. While you may gulp down lots of water during the exercise, but you may not feel that punch delivered by flavorsome water. Some flavors of sports drink will actually encourage you to drink more and more, thereby saving from dehydration.


 


Side Effects


  • Water Intoxication: This is normally due to over hydration. The over hydration actually imbalances the electrolyte concentration in the body and affects the nervous system. However, many sports drinks reduce the instances of water intoxication, by replenishing the electrolyte and fluid balance in the body. But hypotonic variants usually serve low electrolytes and athletes tend to drink them more in order to balance the electrolyte concentration in the body and this in turn leads to water intoxication.

  • Weight gain: Sports drinks are loaded with carbohydrates, which may lead to ultimate weight gain if the person is just going on chomping the drinks without exercises.


 


Conclusions
Sports drinks offer fast replacement for electrolytes, but overusing it will bring undesirable side effects. So, always consult your certified practitioner before going for a new product. 


 


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