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Spring 2009

Botsford HealthSource Magazine


Questions? Botsford Doctors Have the Answers - Sports Drinks

Question: What’s the best liquid to drink when I’m working out? Should I be buying sports drinks?

Answer: If you believe the hype, energy, endurance and power come in sports drink bottles. But the number one hydration solution can be found in your kitchen tap.

Water is usually the best replacement for fluids lost through sweat. Liquid needs are different for everybody and vary based on factors such as your height and weight, choice of activity and clothing.

Sweating also depletes compounds called electrolytes. Most often, these are replenished through your diet. But consider drinking a sports drink containing electrolytes plus sugar for energy in these situations:

The best sports drinks boast 15 to 18 grams of carbohydrates per 8-ounce serving. Drink 1½ to 4 cups per hour, depending on how much you sweat. Keep in mind that the sugar and calories they contain must be considered part of your daily diet.

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