What’s in that Sports Drink

Make sure you check out what’s in the sport’s drinks you use to re-hydrate after exercising.

To Your Health:

Sports Science: What’s in That Drink?

Key components of a performance / recovery drink – and what many are missing.

By Robert Silverman, DC, MS, CCN, CSCS

“Performance is about fuel. Longevity is all about recovery.” — Jack LaLanne

Athletes frequently ask me what the best liquid is to drink during exercise – water or a sports drink? Water provides the necessary hydration, but unfortunately, it lacks the key nutrients to aid in performance and recovery. If water is not sufficient, what, then, is the best sports drink on the market?

An extensive review of various literature shows that the “best” sports drink should contain carbohydrates, electrolytes and numerous other ingredients. Sports drinks should not only fuel activity, but also aid in recovery.1-3 Let’s review the key components of an efficient sports drink and how some of the popular brands stack up. Read entire article at To Your Health

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