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Healthy Hydration: Do You Really Need Sports Drinks?

Beverage companies market sports drinks as healthy ways to stay hydrated during strenuous exercise. These aggressive advertising campaigns have made a big impact on Americans, causing many to over-consume these high-sugar drinks. If you think sports drinks are superior to plain water, consider the facts.

Are sports drinks really good for you?


What Are Sports Drinks?

Invented over half a century ago, sports drinks are marketed as performance enhancers that provide efficient hydration to athletes and everyday people. Although they come in numerous varieties, most contain the same ingredients: sodium, potassium, chloride and lots of sugar to quickly restore lost energy. While these ingredients are quite useful for athletes involved in strenuous competition, they’re not particularly healthy for children and everyday consumers, who tend to drink the beverages recreationally.


Do You Really Need Them?

According to health professionals, sports drinks offer little value to people who aren’t involved in intense or prolonged exercise. As a general rule, if a workout does not persist beyond an hour, water should be enough to hydrate a person’s body. That said, when athletes lose significant amounts of sodium through sweat, sports drinks can help provide beneficial electrolytes that prevent cramping and dehydration.

For the average person, however, this is unnecessary and potentially harmful. Besides being relatively costly, sports drinks can promote weight gain. In fact, the Harvard School of Public Health recently published a study which showed the average 120-ounce sports drink contains approximately five teaspoons of sugar. Not only does sugar contain a high number of calories, it also promotes rapid insulin spikes, which promote weight gain and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.


A Healthier Choice

When intense, competitive activities leave athletes feeling depleted, sports drinks can help improve performance by providing much-needed calories and electrolytes. With that being said, the vast majority of children and everyday people can easily get by with filtered drinking water, which provides healthy hydration without the added sugar and calories.

Pelican’s Pelican’s H2Go Infuser bottle provides an ideal way for you to stay hydrated by allowing you to infuse your water with slices of your favorite fruit. Treat yourself to a refreshing, midday pick-me-up of mint and lemon, or a splash of summertime with blueberries and strawberries. The sleek, BPA-free bottle also reduces your dependence on plastic water bottles, so you can limit your impact on the environment.


Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.

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