What Dangers Lurk in Your Sports Drink?

We all know the importance of drinking water while exercising, especially outdoors. Water is great, but if you’ll be working out for an extended period of time (say an hour or more,) you’ll need to drink something else to replace the electrolytes, potassium, and other minerals that are lost.

This is especially important if you’re outdoors.

So while water is good, sometimes you need a sport’s drink also. Unfortunately, many of the sports drinks on the market are LOADED with sugar and other ingredients that are hazardous to your health. 

As a triathlete, I understand the importance of fluid replacement and staying hydrated. It is also very important to keep fluid levels high as well as replace the electrolytes lost while working out.

Many people will drink sports replacement drinks like Gatorade to replenish these fluids, but this is one of the worst things a person can do.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the ingredients in Gatorade:

Sucrose syrup: Sucrose syrup is defined as a mixture of glucose and fructose.

Fructose: Studies indicate fructose consumption contributes to insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, liver disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, and other illnesses.1

Sodium citrate. Side effects of sodium citrate are loose stools, nausea, upset stomach and vomiting.

Monopotassium phosphate: Common side effects include headache, dizziness, bone or joint pain, nausea, increased thirst.

Red 40: Red # 40 has also been linked to hyperactivity in children. A report on CBS News claims Red # 40 causes allergic reactions and “presents unnecessary risks to humans, especially young children.”2

Blue 1: Blue # 1 has caused kidney tumors in mice.3

How healthy do these ingredients sound to you?

Natural Sports Drinks Ingredients

These are NOT the types of ingredients you’d expect to find in sports drinks. Instead of consuming these sugary beverages, create your own natural sports drink with a few of the following healthy ingredients:

·         Coconut water

·         Green tea

·         Sea salt

·         electrolyte powder

·         A little fruit juice

·         Honey

·         Lemons

·         Limes

·         Oranges

·         Strawberries

·         Natural flavors such as fresh ginger, fresh or herbs

Sea salt and the calcium or electrolyte powders are the staples, the other ingredients are based on a person’s individual preferences.

Here’s a sample recipe that makes one quart:

1 quart of liquid (tea, coconut water, etc)

1 tsp of electrolyte powder

¼ cup of lemon juice

1-2 tsp of honey

¼ teaspoon of sea salt

This particular concoction will last about 4 days.

Here’s more great info about the dangers of commercial sports drinks:

Start making your own sports drink today. Your body will thank you!

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