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Sport Drinks
Sport Drinks
How do sport and energy drinks compare to water?
  Main Ingredients
Water Water
Sport Drink Sugar, Salt, Potassium, Color, Water
Energy Drink Caffeine, Sugar, Taurine, Water + Others
When to use
  • anytime during the day, as well as before, during or after exercise to hydrate & re-hydrate.
Sport drinks
  • specifically formulated for re-hydration and re-fueling after intense exercise lasting more than 1 hour.
  • salt stimulates the desire to drink which assists in re-hydration.
  • sugar helps replenish glycogen stores, which are the energy stores used during exercise & also helps in replenishing some electrolytes.
  • useful during multi-events (tournaments, championship weekends).
  • meant for sport situations NOT for regular daily consumption.
  • color can be detrimental for athletes suffering from ADD or ADHD.
Energy drinks
  • NOT recommended
  • burst of energy is very temporary due to the combination of caffeine and sugar.
  • acts as a stimulant increasing both heart rate and blood pressure.
  • caffeine has a dehydrating effect on the body.
  • other potential side effects: stomach problems, panic attacks, anxiety
What if I don’t like sports drinks? Do I absolutely need them?

Absolutely not! You must however ensure that you re-hydrate and re-fuel after exercise.


1. Make your own sport drink

  • 500 ml of water
  • 500 ml of 100% juice
  • 1/8 tsp of salt (pinch)

2. Food Alternatives

  • water + banana (but force yourself to drink beyond thirst because exercise dulls the thirst mechanism)
  • water + baked sweet potato
  • watch for the re-fueling tips coming soon. (Check your Game Winning Nutrition book for more information)


Pros and cons of sports drinks; water may be just as beneficial



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