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Old 01-11-2012, 11:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I came across this article in the NY Times and thought it was interesting.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/sp...f=snowboarding

I was never a fan of energy drinks to begin with. The few times I've tried it did nothing for me and I felt like I was drinking candy water. The sugarless versions have aspartame and I hate the taste, not to mention the possible health risks associated with regular consumption of aspartame.

What I think would be neat, but highly unlikely, is a major water company to endorse sports as much as Red Bull would.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Blecch. I like water, coffee, beer, wine and milk (in my coffee and cereal). A couple of times per year I'll have a soda but that's about all I want. Too sugary.
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I like Gatorade. Electrolytes factually help athletes. So yea, doesn't have to be Gatorade brand. Even water with electrolytes helps.

Gatorade also helps a great deal when you are sick with vomiting. It doesn't heal it, but you lose a ton of electrolytes when you're sick like that.
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I rarely drink energy drinks anymore. Coffee, yes. But that sugary shit, not so much. Straight H20 for me on the slopes. Or beer but that is usually reserved for apres.
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I like Gatorade. Electrolytes factually help athletes. So yea, doesn't have to be Gatorade brand. Even water with electrolytes helps.

Gatorade also helps a great deal when you are sick with vomiting. It doesn't heal it, but you lose a ton of electrolytes when you're sick like that.
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.
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I'm fairly sure that in order to require extra sugars/carbs in drinks you have to basically be running marathons or working out for hours on end...

Besides, there are better body fuels out there.

Water I say
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I'm fairly sure that in order to require extra sugars/carbs in drinks you have to basically be running marathons or working out for hours on end...

Besides, there are better body fuels out there.

Water I say
But we're talking about electrolytes. You lose a ton sweating. You lose even more when you're sweating and vomiting. My wife is an RN and soon to be Nurse Practitioner. She is the one that taught me about Gatorade actually being a very good drink for vomiting and sports. I too thought Gatorade was a gimmick all this time so I was caught off guard when my wife first bought me a lot of gatorade when I had a bad vomiting episode.

Here's some technical info:

Electrolyte Drinks Benefits | LIVESTRONG.COM
Electrolyte Enhanced Water - Its Definition, Usage and Benefits for Hydration

I personally drink the low sugar Gatorade. If I see electrolyte water, I'll get that.
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Gatorade has never done it for me, it usually just makes me dehydrated due to all the sugar. I'd rather drink water then pretty much any "concoction".

My life revolves around the hippy trifectra: Water, Tea, Coffee.
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Gatorade has never done it for me, it usually just makes me dehydrated due to all the sugar. I'd rather drink water then pretty much any "concoction".

My life revolves around the hippy trifectra: Water, Tea, Coffee.
Try electrolyte water. I don't know, perhaps it's in my head. I think it works. Less fatigue granted I don't drink beer that day.
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But we're talking about electrolytes. You lose a ton sweating. You lose even more when you're sweating and vomiting. My wife is an RN and soon to be Nurse Practitioner. She is the one that taught me about Gatorade actually being a very good drink for vomiting and sports. I too thought Gatorade was a gimmick all this time so I was caught off guard when my wife first bought me a lot of gatorade when I had a bad vomiting episode.

Here's some technical info:

Electrolyte Drinks Benefits | LIVESTRONG.COM
Electrolyte Enhanced Water - Its Definition, Usage and Benefits for Hydration

I personally drink the low sugar Gatorade. If I see electrolyte water, I'll get that.
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Yeah i'll agree that Electrolytes are helpful. But then sugar has the opposite effect negating any good things from them... sugar free would be great but then they usually use aspartame or some other taste-bud destroying headache inducing shite.

I'm usually just disappointed when I read the ingredients/nutrition values of so called "sports drinks".

I'll say it again, Water (but you know i'm a hypocrite because I drink bad stuff too. Sure as hell beer at the lodge on lunch isn't hydrating )
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