According to the Livestrong.com website there are many studies detailing when Gatorade is needed after a workout.
Here are a few of the findings.
Pros of Gatorade:
Gatorade helps you to stay hydrated, boosts energy with carbohydrates, and can replenish the body with electrolytes (ie. sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and chloride). If you workout intensely for more than an hour and are sweating heavily, experts say Gatorade is a better alternative than water because of the minerals it offers. Professional cyclists claim it helps them bike longer and reduces lactic acid buildup in their legs.
Cons of Gatorade:
Gatorade contains 63 calories per 8 ounces. Most of those calories are from sugar. According to “The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice”, Gatorade is very corrosive on the teeth, and worse than Coca-Cola. You also may be countering your workouts with the added calories.
Pros of Water:
Water has 0 calories and will rehydrate the body. If you workout less than an hour and not as intensely, water should be adequate to rehydrate the body. And more than likely you would not need to replenish electrolytes.
Cons of Water:
Water doesn’t contain as many minerals as Gatorade. So, if you need to replenish your electrolytes, Gatorade would be a better choice after an intense workout.
Smart Water has very few electrolytes. It is not made for mineral replenishment like Gatorade.
In conclusion, Gatorade was originally developed for athletes who workout for hours at a time and need to stay hydrated, energized, and avoid mineral deficiencies. For most of us, water is sufficient for rehydrating the body and eating a balanced diet. We then avoid all the sugars in sports drinks.
Here’s to your Health!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR