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Old 01-11-2012, 12:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Regular gatorade is definitely too sugary for when you're out of breath and are thirsty after extended periods of physical exertion.

I usually cut my gatorade with 50-70% water in my hydration bladder. Electrolytes help, but so does making sure you eat enough bananas and peanuts before you get out on the hill.
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electrolytes/gatorade...bahahahahha...perhaps if you are sick, out of shape couch chip, pack a day smoker. But if you eat reasonably well, are in shape with regular exercise...electrolyte supplement is a waste and not going to do much.

Just do up a banana and drink water
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You are probably better off drinking a straight soda vs those energy drinks... they taste terrible and smell even worse IMO.

I am a coffee snob so that is where I will get my caffeine fix in the morning..usually 8 to 12oz, otherwise its water (flat or sparkling). I am a huge fan of the flavored seltzers nowadays.
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Regular gatorade is definitely too sugary for when you're out of breath and are thirsty after extended periods of physical exertion.

I usually cut my gatorade with 50-70% water in my hydration bladder. Electrolytes help, but so does making sure you eat enough bananas and peanuts before you get out on the hill.
Very true.

Again, I stick to low sugar Gatorade. I much prefer electrolyte water, but those aren't as readily available. I do get my proteins in when I ride. Hearty b-fast, Cliff bar snack, and a fat burger and beer at lunch. Oh wait, that last bit doesn't do any good. Puts a smile on my face though.

Oh, I do also drink plenty of water complimenting low sugar Gatorade.
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If you don't like the amount of sugars in Gatorade, try making your own solution from distilled water, salt and sugar and whatever flavorings you want to use (like that Mio stuff, perhaps or Crystal Light). WHO and UNICEF have set a standard for oral rehydation solution (ORS) at about 30 ml of sugar and 2.5 ml of salt for every 1 liter water. You can also drink Pedialyte which you give to infants/toddlers if they suffer from dehydration but is made with less sugar than sports drinks. I know several professional teams use it as well as many boxers and MMA fighters when rehydrating after weigh ins.

However, I think the article is referring to energy drinks (Red Bull, Monster, AMP etc.) rather than sports drinks. I only use these if I'm falling asleep at the wheel because I'd rather have a near inconsequential long-term risk to my health rather than wind up getting hurt in an auto accident or even being involved in a non injurious accident.
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Electrolytes

The thing I've NEVER liked about Gatorade is all that damn sugar. Last time I checked the label, it was sucrose and glucose-fructose. I think they might have a "low sugar" option using sucralose, which is even worse imo.

There are better, more natural options available for replenishing electrolytes.

I've done my own research about the sugar used in soft drinks. Your BODY cant tell the difference between high fructose corn syrup and cane sugar, your BODY process it as the same thing as it cant tell the difference between the two. But your blood sugar does though.
I would rather have high fructose corn syrup over sucralose any day because sucrose is chemically made. sucralose is the same as splenda, it is made or created, which ever you want to say but it is worse for you then high fructose corn syrup or cane sugar.

I usually drink water when im boarding.

Fruits contain sugar too but a different kind of sugar. Fruit sugar is better for your body.
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jagar bombs and bong hoots, nuff said haha
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If you want to go all day without stopping for lunch...
banana, water, some nuts, dried fruit, more nuts or abit of good jerky, more water...you can blast all day without the after meal slag. At the end of the day you will be ready for pizza and beer or whatever...however that's the reward for shreding all day.
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Pedialyte is great stuff and absorbed much faster than gatorade. Personally I like the Nuun and similar tablets that add electrolytes and some falvor to water without sugar and minimal calories.
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Little water, I like to reduce my stops to a minimum. Cliff Espresso shots when the sugar feels low, Odwalla bars.
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