Do You Even Need a Sports Drink?
For the majority of people, sports drinks are not really necessary and do add to salt and sugar intake. The conditions in which proper rehydration is important include:
- Exercising in very hot weather
- When working out intensely for more than one hour, particularly if sweating profusely
- In cases of vomiting or diarrhea, particularly if lasting greater than half a day or in infants
- Professional athletes
It’s important in these instances to get the body rehydrated as quickly as possible. Salt and glucose solutions facilitate the uptake of water in the gastrointestinal tract. Sports drinks and pediatric electrolyte replacements are good for that, but often contain large amounts of sugar, artificial colours and flavours. You can make your own somewhat healthier and less expensive oral rehydration therapy mix.
Homemade Sports Drink Recipe
- 1L of pure spring water
- 4 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of unrefined sea salt
The advantages to this concoction are:
- Lower sugar
- No artificial flavours or colours
- Broader spectrum mineral replacement than just sodium and chloride
By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc(Hons), ND. For sports nutrition advice, see one of our licensed naturopaths. Call us at 416-481-0222 or book online now.