Sports drinks are a great way to replenish fluids and electrolytes after a hard workout. What are the best sports drinks options available?
Traditional Sports Drinks
Traditional sports drinks are made with water, sugar, and electrolytes. Often, their different flavors are achieved with natural and artificial flavors, and typically do not contain fruit juice. The sugar in a regular sports drink can give you a much-needed energy boost after a workout, until you are able to grab an energy bar or a meal.
Sugar Free Sports Drinks
Sugar free sports drinks use an artificial sweetener as opposed to sugar to make the drink taste good, usually sucralose, or in some cases, stevia or aspartame. Stevia is by far the most natural of artificial sweeteners, and you’ll want to steer clear of sugar free sports drinks that use aspartame. These sports drinks are great for diabetics or athletes who are watching their sugar intake but still want to replace their lost electrolytes after a heavy workout.
Water is certainly refreshing after a workout, but it lacks the essential electrolytes that need to be replaced after intense exercise. Adding lemon to your water helps with the electrolytes, but you won’t notice the after-workout boosts of a sports drink. Drink water at meals and in between, but save the sports drinks for when you’re playing a game or working out at the gym.
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