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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-03-2013
Some input will be appreciated...
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Fri, 07-18-2014 - 3:36pm

I always have soem doubts about those hydration beverages (Powerare  Gatorade, etc)  For common sense I always believe that you ahve to drink those beverages only when you work out, cause you loose salt and other minerals during sweating and being in movement, before during and after a workout routine.

But I have seen people drinking that as if they are just a normal beverage when the body is not even active (at work or at home), like that is the beverage they drink during lunch time or during the day you are not exercising.

Is that bad for you and if those type of drinks are only required to be drank when you work out and not during other time of day if you are not exercising.

I have a coworker who is a young guy and who is very cooky, cause he alwyas like to show off by mentioning he goes to the gym, and his body is changing, and he does this or that at a machine , etc but then he is drinking for lunch at work Gatorade cause he said that because he do goes to the gym and work out why not drink those drinks even if he is not working out, cause he needs to hydrate when he is thirsty at work.

What do you think?

 

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 07-18-2014 - 5:42pm

The drinks are good for rehydrating and electrolytes but only if you're working out for more than 1 1/2 hours.  There are people, including my husband, who think just because they're sweating, they need it.  All it is is sugar and electrolytes.






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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 07-18-2014 - 6:14pm

I think its like drinking a soda pop if you're not actually working out. 

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Fri, 07-18-2014 - 6:44pm

Even if you ARE working out, those drinks are just like soda.  Even Pedialyte is nothing but water & sugar, with LESS than 2% of the total volume being salt, potassium, and citric acid.  When someone drinks them day in and day out, they cause rampant tooth decay from the sugar and the acid.  The companies that make the drinks, are only in the business of selling drinks.  They are not in the health business. 

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 07-18-2014 - 8:42pm

This is what I was going to say, too--soda w/ added electrolytes. It's fine when you're in a hurry to get quick sugar, like during a marathon but that's about all.  I know someone who eats a banana w/ mountain dew to refuel during centuries.  It's about the same thing but the banaan gives you some more nutrients at least.






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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 07-19-2014 - 12:14pm

"The companies that make the drinks... are not in the health business."

Gatorade is made by Pepsi, Powerade by Coca Cola. 

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 07-23-2014 - 11:07am

Yes! People thnk it's healthy because of the commercials. All that said, though, it's really that guy's business and no one elses.  It's far easier to nitpick other people but far more productive to see how we can improve, not others.  It's hard for me as a fitness professional not to offer advice sometimes but really I try to MYOB unless I'm asked.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 07-23-2014 - 12:39pm

I keep Gatorade (and bananas) on hand all the time since I took up long distance running. It's the only thing I have found that I can keep down without getting sick during a very long (8 miles or more) run. 

Since I do have it on hand, I do drink it if I'm wanting something sweet. ;-)

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-03-2013
Tue, 07-29-2014 - 11:25am

So during a workout or pre workout what is tbe best beverage to drink in order to replace the salts and electrolytes you loose when you sweat if Powerade and Gatorade are bad for you? Cause I dont think plain water will do the trick.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 07-29-2014 - 11:32am

Gatorade or powerade are NOT bad for you. They're just not necessary for workouts under 1 1/2 hours.  You don't need to worry about salt/electrolytes for shorter, less intense workouts and water is fine.  If you are working out that long and hard and want to avoid those power drinks, a banana, gel/gu, coconut water are some sources of electrolytes.  If you tell us what you're doing, we can offer suggestions on what might be best for you to refuel/fuel.






iVillage Member
Registered: 10-03-2013
Thu, 07-31-2014 - 4:39pm

Well I do aerobics 1 hr on Saturday and that ay I only drink plain water, but then on Sunday I do aerobics 1 hr then after that I do 45 minutes of Tae bo, then after that other 45 minutes of dance classes (less intense of course). So on Sunday is the day I do drink besides plain water I also drin Powerade and sometimes I bring a banana to eat in the middle of those work outs on Sunday.

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