Ever find yourself wondering whether you should be drinking sports drinks or water during and/or after a workout? We’ve all seen the television commercials where famous athletes are drinking sports drinks and it can often confuse people.
Let me start by saying that sports drinks contain calories. More often that not, unless you are training for something like a marathon, or riding your bicycle long distances, you do not need a sports drink…water is more than sufficient in hydrating your body. In other words, you are burning calories, but you are also taking them in if you drink sports drinks. Water of course is not only nourishing, but calorie free.
Another thing to keep in mind is the sugar content of most sports drinks. Drinks containing sugar will of course cause you more pain while in the dentist chair not to mention, provide your body with simple carbs that are not good for you.
Lastly, ensure your water is alkaline and not acidic. Not certain? Shop around and find a water bottle or home water system that contains a good filter, providing you and your family with alkaline water. They cost more, but are much better for your body. Not all filters are created equal, so do your research on this one.
Hopefully this helps you in the great sports drink/water debate!