Most people don’t consume adequate fluids during exercise, which results in dehydration, an increase in body temperature and fluid loss. Proper hydration with the use of sports/energy drinks can improve cardiovascular function, moderate temperature regulation and improve performance. Hydration is important before, during and after exercise to protect health and performance. It is recommended that all individuals who exercise, train and/or compete to re-hydrate and replace fluids and electrolytes (sodium and potassium) that have been lost during exercise. Fluid intake and adequate hydration during exercise are essential to maintain hydration. Sports drinks are widely used to promote rapid fluid replacement.
How does each ingredient in sports/energy drink help?
- Energy source like D-ribose. Ribose is a natural sugar that supplies the body with energy and plays a key role in energy metabolism. For more info about ribose, click here. Be cautious about how much energy (calorie) you are taking.
- Vitamin B complex release energy from carbohydrate and promote energy metabolism. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to build bone and cartilage.
- Sodium and potassium replace the electrolytes lost during exercise, keeps the ingested water in the body and make the muscles work more efficiently.
- Good taste and flavour characteristics of sports drink promote voluntary intake. Plain water is pretty boring to drink.
Why not caffeinated drinks?
Caffeine and other stimulants increase the heart rate and it doesn’t let your heart go back to the rest condition that it needs after working out. That’s why you should not drink caffeinated drinks before or after working-out or exercising. To learn more about problems with sports and energy drinks in the market, click here.