Sport Drinks

Discussion in 'Sports' started by BCC, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. BCC

    BCC I know better

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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.:lol3 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.
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  2. NikonsAndVStroms

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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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  3. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    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.:lol3

    We'll check out the Smart water.
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  6. wxwax

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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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  8. El Guero

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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 :lol3
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  9. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    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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    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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    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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  12. ]I)Money

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    You're really working.

    Pickle juice.:deal
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  13. kbasa

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    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. :lol3
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  14. kbasa

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    In the last SAG on Death Ride. Yum.
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  15. BMW Kurt

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    Man, I must be old fashioned. I just drink water.
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  16. wxwax

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    I sweat prodigiously and I need to replace the salt I lose.
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  17. kbasa

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    Same here. :nod
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  18. dtirell

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    Water is great up to a certain amount of fluid loss. Past that point you need more than water.
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  19. Hodag

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    Man I must be from wisconsin...I just drink ol fashions

    I work outside.
    I make my own sports drinks bit of salt, sugar, lemon juice, 1/2 oj, 1/2 water
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  20. dtirell

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    That sounds good, do you just add whatever or do you have a set proportion of salt, sugar, lemon juice for a given amount of the OJ/water mix?
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