Are Sports Drinks Better for Athletes than Water?

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It is important for anyone doing physical activity to keep well hydrated, for performance to be at its best. Sports drinks are specially formulated to help people rehydrate during or after exercise. Drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade contain the main electrolytes and carbohydrates, which are used by the working muscles, to maintain optimal sports performance (Medindia.net, 2014). The acidity of sports drinks and the sugars, is raising health concerns, and creates unnecessary calories. (Nutritionwonderland.com, 2014) Sports drinks are proven to only be necessary when working intensely for over 90 minutes, so an athlete running a marathon may need a Powerade, but water is the best source of hydration for exercise of 90min or less. …show more content…
Every athlete wants their body to perform smoothly, without compromise, and just as you shouldn’t wait until dehydrated to drink, you shouldn’t wait until you finally have a cramp, before stocking up on electrolytes. Cramping, therefore, is your body’s way of telling you that you are low on electrolytes. ((Www.Zaneray.Com), 2014)

Sports drinks contain ingredients which have raised health concerns. The main ingredients in sports drinks are glucose, sucrose, and fructose or high-fructose corn syrup. (Insidetracker.com, 2012) Gatorade’s Glacier Cherry Perform drink, contain 41g of sugar per serving, which is equivalent to 10 teaspoons of sugar. (Griffith-Greene, 2014) Although sugar is necessary for the drink to taste good, sugar can have long term effects on your health. Too much sugar can over time lead to diabetes, high blood pressure and weight gain. (Hagy, 2007) As well as sugar, the acidity in sports drinks can dissolve teeth. These drinks are often full of sugar and sodium, which cling to the teeth, and eat away the protective enamel. People, who is drinking sports drinks, are often dehydrated, meaning they are low on fluids. Being low on fluids, affects the saliva production in the mouth, which protects the teeth by washing away products which cling to them. Being low on fluids means that there is less saliva to wash away
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