Long Life Catalogs
What's right for you: Carbohydrate or electrolyte replacement.
A short easy-to-undestand explanation of the confusion surrounding sports drinks.
. Are they all the claim to be?
.Do YOU need high sugar, high-calorie energy drinks?
.Are all the ingredients in sports drinks good for you?
.Which drinks support both your body and your brain during exercise?
.How fish go up a waterfall with electrolyte power
.Why most people can benefit from electrolyte replacement but, only some athlets require carbohydrate-loaded sports drinks.
.How you can reduce muscle stress
.Why minerals help you maintain good health
.Alternatives to sugar as carbo-replacement
.Why carbohydrates are used to replace energy
.Rehydration as a key for concentration and focus
.Comparison of popular sports drinks
.Illnesses caused by specific mineral deficiencies
.Foods that deliver specific minerals
.Mineral deficiencies due to drugs
Sports drinks are everywhere today, being consumed in the workplace, at home, and in the car as well as before, during, and after exercise. They are outperforming other beverage segments as more choices are being offered each day. Several types of sports drinks are being marketed: a) electrolyte replacement drinks, b) carbohydrate replacement drinks, c) combination drinks of electro-lytes and carbohydrates. While there may be a place for all within the sports arena, on closer examination, the drinks are used for completely different purposes. Electrolyte replacement drinks are designed to replace the fluids (water) and electrolytes (sodium, po-tassium, chromium, manganese, etc.) lost during exercise. Carbo-hydrate drinks are the acceptable choice for instant energy during strenuous exercise and muscle recovery afterwards. Many carbohy-drate drinks may also include electrolytes. According to the Ameri-can College of Sports Medicine, consuming adequate food and fluid before, during, and after exercise can help maintain blood glucose levels during exercise, maximize exercise performance, and improve recovery time. Athletes should be well hydrated be-fore beginning exercise and should also drink enough fluid during and after exercise to balance fluid losses.