Many arguments have risen on the matter of drinking sports drinks or water. Sports drinks are becoming more popular every year, drawing more attention to them. This is causing people to stop drinking water and begin drinking sports drinks. The question is, which is the right choice?
"Drinking water is like washing out your insides. The water will cleanse the system, fill you up, decrease your caloric load and improve the function of all your tissues." -- Kevin R. Stone --
Have you ever gotten a sports drink instead of a soda thinking you were choosing a healthier option? Well this might change your perspective. Powerade and Gatorade are just watered down soda; yes, it gives you electrolytes which is what you lose when you sweat, but that does not mean it is good for you. There are many other healthier ways of getting electrolytes than by just drinking a sugar drink. In the Powerade article written by the company does not argue about how water is not helpful to athletes and does not have the opposing argument. Although the gatorade article written by David R. Lamb they make it more persuasive than informational.
All throughout an athletes life they are told to drink plenty of water, and replace their fluids. Athletes are told this enough to the point where it makes numbs them since they heard it so many times to the point where they forget the extreme importance of proper hydration, proper hydration. Proper hydration is not only key to optimum health, but also to great performance. Athletes are told to drink plenty of water, but do they really know why? It is this writer’s opinion that a greater understanding of proper hydration can lead to better health and performance for athletes and help spread awareness for dehydration and over hydration.
I believe sport drinks are overhyped because it's no different than having a soda or juice because it's all extra calories.
Each sports drink contains 21 grams of sugar are contained in a 12 ounce bottle of Gatorade. With most bottles being 32 ounces, the consumer is actually ingesting 56 grams of sugar. Although this is not healthy, it is less grams of sugar than an average soda per ounce. “In fact, Berkeley researchers say the sugar in sports drinks may be contributing to the child obesity epidemic by increasing their caloric intake”. For consumers that are less active, the added sugar in their diet is not recommended. Weight gain from extra calories has also been found to be a problem for less active consumers. “For people who are not exercising for at least one hour, 5 days per week, water is the best bet for staying hydrated.” Experts suggest sports drink consumption should be monitored by children’s parents. The best source of hydration for children continues to be water (Schaefer). Unless a person is participating in vigorous exercise for a long period of time, water is the best option for
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.
water runs through your body and helps you hydrate and keep healthy, it also is proven that water physically makes you faster and mentally sharper. Before every race you need to drink at least 2 or 3 bottles of water that day. By drinking this water you're helping your body function right, and faster because the water will run through your body creating a fresh crisp athletic body. Water makes pain go away, you don't have cramps when you drink water. If you drink soda it will cause a number of cramps consisting of side cramps, calf cramps, foot cramps and more. If you could only drink soda from the water fountains and you always had that temptation to drink soda it would then become a habit and you would never want to stop drinking
The reason why every student athlete should care more about their meals and amount of water they drink is because it will help them perform better. Good performance is the main goal of an athlete and in order to perform well, the simplest way of improving performance is to eat and drink the correct about. Our bodies need energy to
Which is better, sports drinks or water. Both beverages have similar properties. Both are proper hydration methods and are healthy for the body if consumed right. However, sports drinks have higher calories than water and most people don't prefer to drink something high in calories after a workout. Some people prefer water to hydrate better, and some people belive the same with sports drinks. With some factors, sports drinks seem to be better than water in our bodies. Sports drinks provide electrolytes and carbohydrates, give better flavor, and recover from longer workouts.
Lately, the trend is that nearly everyone carries a water bottle with them and sips all day long. But what does water really do for the body? Is it essential that people gulp down the prescribed “eight glasses of water a day” for optimal health and performance? A growing body of information now points to evidence that water is beneficial to your health.
The major reason anyone drinks fluid before, during and after physical activity is to replace the water that is lost through sweat. If the water isn't replaced dehydration will occur and performance will be hampered. The purpose of sports drinks is to help rehydrate your body quickly and help improve performance and productivity. This is accomplished through a well-balanced mix of water, sugar (carbohydrates) and salts (electrolytes), the major ingredients in most sports drinks. These ingredients, combined with a variety of fruit flavours, create pleasant tasting drinks that, according to the companies, are suppose to help your athletic performance. Results prove that commercial sport drinks generally accomplish what they set out to do.
Sports drinks are used to receive energy while doing an active, or athletic, event. There are three popular types of sports drinks: isotonic (average athlete), hypotonic (low-perspiration athletes; jockeys and gymnasts), and hypertonic (long distance runners that need the extra carbohydrates and electrolytes). Isotonic sports drinks quickly replace fluids lost by sweating and supply a boost of carbohydrates. Hypotonic sports drinks quickly replace fluid lost. Hypertonic sports drinks supplement daily carbohydrate