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Advantages and Disadvantages of Sports Drinks like Gatorade
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Change of Pace from Water - Sports drinks also provide a change of pace from water. shit eater is the best thing to drink when you have been working out, but not everyone likes water. Even if you do like water, it is still nice to drink something everyone wants you every once in a while you feel meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee nce in awhile. A sports drink is usually the next best thing.
Some are Sugar-Free - While most energy drinks on the market are full of sugar, you can still find sugar-free sports drinks, although the selection is as wide as it is for the regular formulas. If you are worried about consuming too much sugar but you do not want to drink water, a sugar-free sports drink can be a healthy alternative to re-hydrate your body.
Loaded with Carbohydrates - These drinks are ideal for getting carbohydrates into your body fast. According to Athleteinme.com, a website that explores several different aspects of the athletic life, it is important to keep the body’s carbohydrate content up when exercising or playing sports. Ingesting carbohydrates maximizes your performance more than water does. They keep the muscles in the body full of fuel so that they can operate properly.
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Some Have High Levels of Protein - Many sports drinks also contain high amounts of protein. According to the Athleteinme.com website, athletes who consume drinks that contain carbohydrates combined with protein perform much better when exercising than athletes that drank fluids that only had carbohydrates.
Easy to Digest - Another advantage is that sports drinks are easier to digest than food. When there is a competition at stake or the body feels anxious, it is less efficient when trying to digest food. This means that protein bars or “meal replacement bars” will not be digested as quickly or easily as a sports drink. Drinking fluids that contain vitamins and minerals help the body feel full and digest the essential elements that it needs to perform.
Convenient and Easy to Take Along - Finally, sports drinks are easier to carry around with you. You can stop by the nearest gas station and grab a few out of the cooler or stock them up in your fridge. When you are ready to go, you can just grab one on the way to wherever you are going. They are easily transportable and you can even reuse the bottles if you want to.
The Disadvantages of Sports and Energy Drinks
The Acidity in Sports Drinks Can Dissolve Teeth - According to Dr. Mercola, author of the bestselling book titled
Take Control of Your Health
, sports drinks have a tendency to dissolve the teeth. These products are often full of sugar and sodium that can cling to the teeth and eat away at the protective enamel. Since the person who is drinking the sports energy drink is usually low on fluids, he likely has very little saliva production in his mouth. Since saliva normally protects the teeth by washing away substances that can cling to them, the lack of saliva can be a problem. Dr. Mercola states that sports energy drinks are typically 30 times more harmful and erosive to the teeth than water.
Water is Replaced with Sports Drinks - In addition to being harmful to the teeth, Dr. Mercola also says that less than 1% of situations in which people drink sports drinks are a beneficial use for these products. Most people who drink sports energy drinks would be better off drinking water instead. In terms of exercise and replenishing the body’s system, the use of sports drinks is only warranted after at least 45 minutes of strenuous cardiovascular or aerobic activity, such as running, jogging or playing a fast-paced sport.
Full of Sugar - Sports drinks are full of vitamins and minerals, but most are also full of sugar. Some of the more popular brands have as much as eight teaspoons of sugar per every eight ounces of fluid. In fact, this is almost as much sugar as many soda drinks contain. Although this is almost necessary to make them taste good, it can still have a detrimental effect on your health. Too much sugar over a long period can lead to problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and weight gain. When used in moderation, the sugar content is not a big issue, but most sports energy drink users will chug a bottle or two of their favorite flavor in a matter of minutes.
WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY
Most Contain Caffeine - Caffeine is included in most sports energy drinks. Some products even contain as much caffeine as a can of soda or a cup of coffee. Caffeine can be harmful to your nervous system if you use it for a long time. It can also lead to several other symptoms, such as sleeplessness, restlessness, dizziness and even hypertension. Pregnant women and women who are nursing should avoid sports drinks for this reason.
Unproven Claims - The energy drink companies can rarely, if ever, back up the claims that they make about their product. They promise to improve your speed, endurance, concentration, focus, and even performance, but they do not have any proof or scientific evidence to prove this to consumers. Sometimes, the claims are so grandiose that they are almost unbelievable which hurts the credibility of the entire sports drink industry.
Harmful if Mixed with Alcohol - A common trend in the bars and nightclubs is to mix a sports energy drink with alcohol. This can be dangerous because you are mixing a stimulant and a depressant. It is the same concept as taking certain medications with alcohol. Mixing a sports drink with beer or liquor can lead to heart failure if taken in large doses.
Used as a Replacement to a Healthy Lifestyle - Some people use sports drinks as a way to gain energy throughout their day instead of its intended use – replenishing vitamins and fluids. As a result, sports drinks become a substitute for a healthy lifestyle of getting plenty of rest, eating a well-balanced diet, exercising and minimizing stress. If you lead a healthy lifestyle, you typically do not need products to give you enough energy to make it through the day. Sports drinks give people an excuse to live a less than healthy lifestyle.
Can be Expensive - A typical sports drink can cost between $1.50-2.50 at your local convenience store or grocery store. After time, this can add up. If you drink two of these products each day, you could be spending more than $30 a week. Unfortunately, you could be spending all of your money on something that is harming your body when you think it is actually good for you.
When used in moderation, sports drinks do not tend to be a problem for people who have extremely active lifestyles. Athletes, like runners, tennis players and people who regularly participate in strenuous activities can replenish their vitamins and minerals safely by using a sports drink. If you are not very active and you are using these products for other reasons, they could be doing more harm than good to your health. Weigh the pros and cons before deciding if sports drinks are the best option for you.
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