We see the pretty neon-colored bottles everywhere: on television, on store shelves, in print advertisements. It seems as though everywhere we turn we see a picture of someone drinking a sports drink. But did you know these drinks can be bad for you?
Many elite athletes, including Tom Brady of the NFL’s New England Patriots, shun sports drinks because of the many unsavory ingredients found in them. To that end, may researchers, medical professionals, and elite athletes opt for good old, pure, clean H2O (water) for their rehydration needs.
Most of the popular sports drinks include chemicals that our bodies simply don’t need. One popular brand includes high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose syrup, modified food starch, Red 40, and glycerol ester of rosin.
As for Brady, he stays away from sports drinks entirely. “I have this lemon drink with a ton of electrolytes in it,” he said. “It doesn’t have any sugar. I just load up on electrolytes and…it just keeps me right where I need to be.”
In fact, one of the best all-natural electrolyte replacement fluids is coconut water. Coconut water is rich in natural vitamins, has amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, organic acids and phytonutrients, and is choke-full of magnesium and potassium.
Over two-thirds of us exist – every day – in a state of dehydration. This is particularly true for those of us who are getting older. It is, for this reason, we need to pay attention to our water intake.
Several signs that indicate you may not be drinking enough water:
- Dark, concentrated urine or infrequent urination
- Disorientation, fatigue or mood swings
- Low energy
- Muscle cramps or spasms
Water is considered by many to be the “elixir of life.” That our body is mostly comprised of water means we should pay attention to how well we are hydrated if we want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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