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How do Sports Drinks keep you better hydrated than water?

Asked by BBawlight (2427points) June 13th, 2012

I know sports drinks have electrolytes in them (or so I’ve heard). But how do they keep you better hydrated than water?

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When you work out and sweat, you lose more than just water. You lose a small amount of body salts. Your body uses up potassium and magnesium. Sports drinks also contain large amounts of sugar (energy). They are overused. If you took ¼ sports drink and filled the rest with water, it would still be more than enough for after the average work out.

BBawlight's avatar

@cazzie Thanks. I think I was told about that by someone. That’s very interesting about the ¼ sports drink thing. It’s funny because I’m sitting here drinking Gatorade without doing any exercise.

RocketGuy's avatar

Gatorade is great for hydrating during stomach flu. It does not irritate the stomach, so doesn’t get hurled up after 10 min.

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