Top 5 Top Sports Drinks

Staying hydrated is critical for athletic performance. For athletes to stay well hydrated it is recommended that they drink 1/2 to 3/4 cup every 15-20 minutes during exercise. But when you are doing long endurance training or competing in events for more than an hour, it is helpful to use a sports drink to replenish lost fluid and sodium. Simply replacing water can lead to hyponatremia, or low sodium levels, which can be dangerous. Sports drinks are designed to replace those electrolytes, or salts. Many also replace carbohydrates in the form of sugars so you can have your energy replenished. Here are some options:


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Cytomax contains complex carbohydrate and electrolytes. Cytomax comes in powdered form, you add it to your water to mix up rather than buying it premixed. I prefer the orange because it isn't quite as bitter as the other flavors. The complex carbohydrates are included to take longer to metabolize so you don't have a big sugar high followed by a crash. Bottom line: it does the trick and keeps you moving.

Calories: 100 | carbohydrate: 20g. | sodium: 80mg. | potassium: 150mg.

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Accelerade contains a 4 to 1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein to speed the movement of carbohydrate energy into the muscle, and the ideal combination of simple and complex carbohydrates for rapid and sustained energy. It is gluten-free. It is another sports drink available in powdered form to add to your own water bottle. Sports drinks with protein have been touted and may be provided at races, but they have doubters as well, who think they are best as recovery drinks rather than being used during endurance activities.

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Endurox is designed as a performance/recovery drink. The 4 to 1 ratio of carbs to protein in Endurox® is recommended for use after your workouts. In addition to the carbs and protein, Endurox provides all the vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids your body needs to recover. It contains glutamine, one of the favorite supplements for maintaining muscle mass and replenishing glycogen stores. This drink is available in powdered form, you will mix it with water or juice.

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Gatorade was one of the first sports drinks, created for the University of Florida Gators in 1965, and it continues to be one of the best-selling ones. You will find it for sale worldwide. It was designed to replenish salt and carbohydrate  You can buy it already in liquid forms in bottles at most grocery or convenience stores, or in powdered form to mix with your own water. In addition to the original formula which replenishes sugar and sodium, they have the Gatorade Endurance Formula which has more electrolytes. They also have G2 Low Calorie Thirst Quencher for those who want to have less sugar in their sports drink.

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Powerade is another heavily-marketed brand of sports drink that can be found pre-mixed in grocery and convenience stores, and is also available in powdered form. It provides electrolytes as well as B vitamins and sugars. They also have Powerade Zero with zero calories for those who want only the electrolytes and not the sugar. Powerade Zero Drops are another option to add flavor and electrolytes to water without adding sugar.

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