Are sport drinks okay to drink during running, or any kind of sport. Track just started (yay!) and I don't really like the taste of plain water, so can I drink sport drinks instead? (Or in addition to.....?)
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Well I have always heard that no sport drink can replace water. I's pretty sure that it would be ok to drink a sport drink instead of water. I dont see a problemo with it. Still water is the best when working out, it replaces the water you have lost during your excercise. Thats what I think thou.
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I don't either. Never have. Plain old tap water. Blecko.
However, in discovering how much NOT drinking water really blew my health (getting constantly dehydrated a few years back basically compounded a very serious health problem, which ended up requiring removal of an organ), I had to learn to drink it and like it.
So, here's what I'd suggest:
1) Get a cheap water filtration system like a Brita pitcher. Even people who do like the taste of water don't often like tap water -- it's gross. Filering the water can make a big difference.
2) Have it ice cold.
3) Try adding a couple lemon, lime or orange slices to your water. It makes it much yummier.
Sports drinks are okay in moderation, but let's take a look at what is in one: water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natural flavors, salt, sodium citrate, and monopotassium phosphate (the ingredients in Gatorade --gotta love the internet).
In other words, it's water with salt, sugar and preservatives. Not so great for you when you're super-active or when you need to be hydtrated. You may as well just drink organic juice if you're going to go that route -- it's better for you.
I'm not sure on this one, but they sell flavored water at a few gas stations around my house. They come in flavors like raspberry, strawberry, lemon, etc. They're pretty good, but I don't know if they're a suitable stand-in for water. They taste kind of syrupy, so the might have corn syrup or something.
I remember if I wanted my own flavored water, I'd just cut up some strawberries or mangos and drop them in the water. I'd let the water sit in the fridge overnight for the flavor to set. It's tas-tay, right Mz.S?
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You know, years ago, I read a long interview with the guy (an MD) who developed Gatorade.
Basically, he came up with the idea of creating something that would give athletes water plus some salt (to help balance electrolytes and to replace salt lost through sweat) and potassium, just to keep their metabolisms happy while they were working really hard. Apparently the original versions tasted pretty god-awful. And the current version is pretty far away from the original, I'd have to say... it's basically a pretty darned expensive version of water with some salt, sugar, and potassium in it. Same goes for other sports drinks, pretty much.
I'm a big fan of plain old water with lime slices in it. I love my Brita pitcher, and I also love my old-fashioned soda water syphon for when I am craving fizzy water instead.
Another super thirst-quencher that has a lot of the same principles as Gatorade -- this is something I learned about from a Vietnamese friend -- is plain soda or seltzer water with (get this!) salted pickled lemon slices in it, plus enough sugar to balance out the saltiness. Sounds gross but it's really very good! I drink it a lot in the summertime. You can often find pickled salted lemons in Asian food markets.
I personally love to drink filtered or mineral water mixed with a little unsweeted applejuice after sports (depending on taste, 1 part juice on 3 parts water or whatever). The applejuice gives you some carbos (and some other goodies, if it's good, natural juice) and it doesn't taste too boring, if that's what worries you.
And Hanne, that salted lemon thing sounds worth a try.
you guys got Ribena out there? thats nice! i drink it by the gallon in winter <and our gallons are bigger> but i only have it hot its kinda like a concentrate <sp> you add it to water <hot or cold> try that ~VeNT
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No, we don't, Vent. But let me tell you that when I came back to the States after living in England in 1990, the ONLY thing I brought back were two cases of Ribena, and I did my best to make them last.
Ribena (a blackcurrent concentrate one mizes with water) is heaven on earth. Now you made me nostalgic.
That's so wierd that you don't have Ribina in that US but we do in Canada. It's nummy stuff! mmmmmm I used to drink it all the time, haven't had it in a while though, must get my parents to get me some for when I go home for the summer.
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