Sports drinks are a very popular product for athletes and people who frequently exercise, along with the general public. Most people think that sports drinks help them replenish fluids and electrolytes after exercising and are a healthy alternative for water. What most people don’t know, is that sports drinks are actually unhealthy for you to drink. Here are just a few reasons why:
- High sugar content. Many sports drinks contain 2/3 of the sugar content in soda and consuming a beverage with so much sugar after exercise can throw off your insulin sensitivity and human growth hormone production.
- High sodium content. Man sports drinks also contain high levels of sodium, which is said to help replenish electrolytes. A much better alternative to processed sodium is natural sea salt in water, which contains minerals that will help your body function correctly.
- Unnecessary calories. Sports drinks are packed with sugar, so of course they are high in calories. Especially if you are trying to lose weight, drinking sports drinks will be your enemy, if you are working out to burn calories, then why just drink what you just burned right after or during your workout? Drinking water will keep you hydrated during your exercise, without all the calories.
Although there are benefits of drinking sports drinks, unless you are training super hard for an event or working out for more than an hour each day at high intensity, they are not needed to replenish your body after a workout. Sticking to water will have more benefits in the long run and help you on your weight loss journey.
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