Are Sport Drinks That Good For You?

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Many people are being told to drink sport drinks when working out so that they will keep hydrated. Also it is easier for many people to drink them because they have a better taste and are more appealing then plain water. However, not all sports drinks are considered healthy.

The sport drink you choose should contain the following:

– Sports drinks should contain between 14 and 19 grams of carbohydrate per eight-ounce serving (six to eight percent). A drink with more than ten percent carbohydrate may cause slow absorption, nausea, cramps, or diarrhea. A drink with five percent or less sugar solution may not provide enough additional sports nutrition energy to increase exercise length.

– Carbonation causes stomach bloating. Dilute carbonated drinks to half-strength.

– The correct sodium level for sports nutrition supplement drinks is 100-110 milligrams per eight ounces. Sodium content in sports drinks can range from eight to 116 milligrams.

– Fruit juices have 10-15 percent carbohydrate and need to be diluted. Mix one part juice to seven parts water.

– You do not sweat out vitamins; there´s no need to buy sports nutrition drinks that include vitamins.

– Water is adequate for exercise under one hour. However, if the exercise is intense or lasts more than an hour, a sports drink will be beneficial.

– If you´re participating in a sports event lasting four hours or more, you need a sports nutrition drink that contains from 110 to 120 milligrams of sodium.