Energy Drinks vs. Sports Drinks vs. Water: What should you drink when exercising?

Water:

Benefits of hydrating through the day are numerous. Nearly 70% of the human body is water. Drinking water is essential as it is a nutrient that is involved in every function of the body. It helps transport nutrients in and waste products out of cells. It is necessary for all digestive, absorption, circulatory, and excretory functions as well as for assimilating water-soluble vitamins. Water also helps maintain proper body temperature. The minimum level of water intake is different for different people. It depends on your age, sex, height, weight, activity level and the geographical location you are living in. The Ozmo App gives a unique and personalized hydration goal.

Your body needs water before and after the workout, hydration is particularly important for the morning workout enthusiast. After an 8-10 sleep your body is dehydrated so to have a quality workout, less fatigue your morning should start with you drinking 2 glasses of water or 30% of your Ozmo Hydration goal and post workout hydration is important to bring the body temperature to normal and for the quick recovery of your muscles and joints. Keep in mind that thirst is not the best scale by which to measure whether you are well hydrated.

Sports Drinks:

For most post workout cases water alone is sufficient for hydration but for high-intensity activity or long duration exercise your body loses important minerals like sodium, potassium, and calcium when you sweat. As sports drinks have sodium in them, they will make you thirsty soon, which will make you drink more, keeping your body optimally hydrated during the high endurance sport.

You can make your sports drinks at home! Take 1 cup (237 milliliters) plain water, 1 cup fresh orange juice, and a pinch of salt. There are plenty of other options like Emergen-C packets by Alacer Corporation. They come in a variety of flavors; they are full of electrolytes, B vitamins, and vitamin C; they taste good, and they are easily portable.

Energy Drinks:

Energy drinks are the worst way to hydrate your body, they pose several health risks, especially during the heat of summer. Energy drinks contain a high level of caffeine and sugar in each can.

By comparison with other caffeinated drinks a 6.5 oz cup of coffee contains 80 to 120 mg of caffeine, tea has about 50 mg, and a 12 oz cola cannot have more 65 mg. Energy drinks have significantly higher amounts, with the most well-known brands containing anywhere from 154 mg in a 16 oz Red Bull to 505 mg in a 24 oz Wired X505. Sugar which should be consumed as little as possible, one can contain up to 50 grams of sugar, promoting weight gain, tooth decay, and high blood glucose. This level exceeds the maximum amount of sugar that both men and women should consume in one day and could promote an unhealthy risk for diabetes.

In addition, many people who choose energy drinks will often use them in place of water or electrolyte-rich drinks. Because energy drinks contain high amounts of caffeine, a diuretic, people risk dehydrating more quickly in the heat. To further complicate this problem, energy drinks cause the heart to pump faster. As the heart pumps faster, it raises blood pressure, increasing a person’s risk for heat stress. This effect is only compounded if a person is already raising his heart rate through exercise. During the exercise, a person should opt for water or sports drinks instead.