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Old 07-28-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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I never used sport drinks till last fall on a long, hot bicycle ride. Wow, didn't need a nap afterwards. Must be the electrolytes, huh?

I just use Gatorade when running and bicycling. But man, it's full of sugar and calories.

Better options?

Wife can't use artificial sweeteners and has problems with sugar. Anything she can use?

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Smart water http://www.glaceau.com/ it'll get her some electrolytes. Also has she ever tried stevia? It's a natural non-sugar sweetener
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:21 PM   #3
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Smart water http://www.glaceau.com/ it'll get her some electrolytes. Also has she ever tried stevia? It's a natural non-sugar sweetener
She does use stevia! Great call. She gets side effects from all the others, including often vertigo. Which is kinda a problem since she rides, sails, bikes and now runs.

We'll check out the Smart water.
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G2 is lower in sugar and calories. If your wife can tolerate sucrose...

http://www.pepsicobeveragefacts.com/...+-+Fruit+Punch
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Check out Hammer Nutrion's HEED. It is sweetened with Stevia.

http://www.hammernutrition.com/produ...-drink.he.html
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One of the points of a sports drink is to give you carbs to keep going. Removing the sugar is counter-productive if you drink the stuff while you're still exercising.

Salt is an electrolyte. I drink a glass of mildly salted water after a drenching workout.

After looking it up a couple of years ago I was satisfied that there's no magic to sports drinks. A little sugar, a little salt and a little flavor. You can make all of it yourself.
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G2 is lower in sugar and calories. If your wife can tolerate sucrose...

http://www.pepsicobeveragefacts.com/...+-+Fruit+Punch
Heads up on that one it contains "ACESULFAME POTASSIUM" an artificial sweetener that goes under " Acesulfame K" or "Ace K" as well.
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I just did RAGBRAI this last week and one of the guys on our team was a retired MD in sports medicine. I picked his brain on sports drinks and his recommendation was to take something like Gatorade and dump half of it in your water bottle and then fill the other half with water. Not quite as sweet that way and he also thought having nothing but Gatorade in your stomach threw off your electrolyte balance in the other direction. I did as he said after that and everything went well but I wasn't working THAT hard
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I never used sport drinks till last fall on a long, hot bicycle ride. Wow, didn't need a nap afterwards. Must be the electrolytes, huh?

I just use Gatorade when running and bicycling. But man, it's full of sugar and calories.

Better options?

Wife can't use artificial sweeteners and has problems with sugar. Anything she can use?

Thanks.
Carry Nuun and mix your own. Alternatively, for longer efforts, carry a sandwich baggie of Cytomax or buy their individual portion packs and mix as needed.

Cheaper: non-iodized fine sea salt. Add a pinch to your water. You can't taste it and you'll get enough electrolytes.
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One of the points of a sports drink is to give you carbs to keep going. Removing the sugar is counter-productive if you drink the stuff while you're still exercising.

Salt is an electrolyte. I drink a glass of mildly salted water after a drenching workout.

After looking it up a couple of years ago I was satisfied that there's no magic to sports drinks. A little sugar, a little salt and a little flavor. You can make all of it yourself.
Good point. I carry CytoMax, which has calories and Nuun, which doesn't. The CytoMax also has potassium, which helps convert food into energy.
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Cheaper: non-iodized fine sea salt. Add a pinch to your water. You can't taste it and you'll get enough electrolytes.
I'm trying to be careful with my diet. Restricting what you eat requires you to make sure you get vital nutrients. Iodine is one of them. But it's not common in foodstuffs. What is the benefit of non-iodized salt?
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I'm trying to be careful with my diet. Restricting what you eat requires you to make sure you get vital nutrients. Iodine is one of them. But it's not common in foodstuffs. What is the benefit of non-iodized salt?
My trainer says you'll get enough from the stuff you put on your regular food. She can be pretty militant about things, but most of the sea salt I've found isn't iodized, I don't believe. A regular sized container will probably last you your whole life.
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Man, I must be old fashioned. I just drink water.
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