Gatorade?

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  1. twocents

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    Can too much Gatorade be bad for you or can you drink it throughout the day like water? How many bottles can you drink in a match? I did a search but couln't find any threads.
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  2. ChrisNC

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    No need to drink Gatorade through the day. That's too much sugar. Drink water through the day, and drink watered down gatorade just before, during and after playing.
     
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  3. Marius_Hancu

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    I suggest 2liters of water with half a lemon and spoonful of salt (for sodium). Sugar, if you want. Less expensive and better.

    Anyway, I suggest the OP to read the section on
    Tennis: Tips for the Nutrition Advantage
    in my posting at:
    Great fitness siteshttp://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=33800
    3 valuable links there.
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=33800
     
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  4. twocents

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    Marius,
    I'll try the water,salt, and lemon. I like the cheap part.
    Those are awesome sights. A lot of other people would be interested in them as well. Suggestion: Make them available for anyone interested in Fitness and Health if you haven't done so already.
    ChrisNC,
    If I don't like the water,salt, and lemon, I'll try diluting the gatorade and make a point of drinking it after the match as well as during the match.
    I take it you from North Carolina (NC). I'm from Cleveland. Eight of my buddies are planning on going to a tennis camp sometime in April. We play both 4.0 and 4.5 USTA. Are there any camps other then Van Der Meer you could recommed around your area?
    Thanks for responding guys.
     
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  5. gregraven

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    It's not free, but you might be interested in Ultima Replenisher (www.ultimareplenisher.com). According to their site, "Ultima Replenisher is a hydrator with zero sugar. Ultima focuses on hydration, which is water + electrolytes. Electrolytes are calcium, chloride, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Also, phosphorus and zinc are sometimes considered electrolytes. These electrolytes carry an electric charge through the body. Further, with Ultima, these electrolytes are supplied in proper balances so that they are easily and readily absorbed."

    If you drink water only, your body will run out of electrolytes. If you ingest anything that has the wrong mixture of ingredients while exercising, your body will have to divert energy to your digestive tract, which is exactly what you don't want. Therefore, it is important to get the correct balance of ingredients, at the proper strength, for optimum performance.
     
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  6. ChrisNC

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    I buy the big canisters of the mix and mix it about 2/3 strength. I'm fairly new to Charlotte, so I can't really say. Sorry
     
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  7. bruce nissenbaum

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    Quite frankly, the best replacement fluid is water-plain and simple. And the best way to achieve mineral replacement is through proper diet. Most athletes make the mistake of trying to replace fluids and electrolytes during their activity period. While fluid replacement during activity is important, athletes may dehydrate anyway because they did not drink enough fluids well before their activity. This happens frequently in very hot weather, either dry or humid, but happens alarmingly often in colder weather when the athlete doesn't think about fluids as much. The most serious mineral loss leading to dehydration and muscle cramping is potassium (not sodium) and, secondarily, magnesium. Sugar is not helpful in preventing or overcoming dehydration or muscle fatigue (though it may provide a slight boost of energy-at the risk of triggering exercise induced hypoglycemia!). The sugar or citric acid (be it lemon, orange or whatever) in 'sports drinks' helps ONLY because it creates the need to drink. Too much sugar, or any other large molecule additive, or too high a metallic ion concentration slows absorption of water through the intestines and actually increases chances of dehydration in athletes who have not watered up before activity. Gatorade is appx 6% glucose; you should limit this to 3% or less. So, if you like the taste, dilute Gatorade 50/50 or 40/60 for guzzling during changeovers. At least the taste will trigger your need to drink. Finally, unless a person eats a poor diet, consumes a very small volume of water daily, is physically out-of-shape and engages in prolonged strenuous activity, it is doubtful they will need anything more than water. So, unless you really know what you are doing with sugar and electrolyte mixtures I strongly believe water is the best drink for an athlete. And it must be taken well before, as well as during, and definitely after prolonged strenuous activity. FWIW, this comes from over 40 years as a runner and 32 as track and cross-country coach.
     
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  8. J D

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    Bruce, common sense would say you're completely correct but research has proven differently. After one hour of strenuous exercise, athletes drinking water were only able to perform at 92% of the level on average as those that were drinking Gatorade. It seems that the positives outweigh the negatives, at least as far as performance. I also would recommend watering Gatorade down 50/50.
     
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  9. Craig Sheppard

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    Just some personal experience here. I always carry about a 1/2 gal of water with me to a match and a 20 oz bottle of Gatorade or Powerade. I exclusively suck on the water through most of the match, at least the first set... However, into a second set when it's hot, or into a 3rd if it's cooler, I start taking in small amounts of Gatorade. It absolutely, undeniably helps my performance. Shortly after drinking even a small amount I feel better--more alert, more energetic, and less dehydrated. Attribute it to what you will--the sugar, the electrolytes, or simply placebo effect. But without a doubt I'll continue using both water and a sports drink--it just plain works in my experience.
     
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  10. tennisnj

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    Anyone familiar with Hyponatremia? My friend who is a triathalete always talks about this condition. Low concentration of sodium in one's blood is the medical definition, but for laymen, it's actually over-hydration due to excessive water intake. Anyways, my friend always talks about how he drinks electrolyte replacement drinks while training & during competition & rarely does he drink 'straight' water. During training he recommends a 50/50 dilution of water & any sports drink. I have noticed during long matches that the more water I drink, regardless of how much sports drinks I consume, the more sluggish & fatigued my body feels. I sweat it all out, it's not as if I'm having to leave the court or anything to use the facilities, but, without some sodium in anything I drink, I really feel as if I don't perform as well on the courts as I can.
     
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  11. Marius_Hancu

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    I tend to believe the triathletes on such matters, they would not survive without knowing such matters.

    If you check the links I posted in the
    Great fitness sites
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=33800

    you will find this section:

    Great combo (fitness/cardio. strength, explosiveness)
    program designed by world class triathletes and decathonists,
    the OUTSIDE online magazine series
    and the first article in the series
    http://outside.away.com/outside/magazine/0298/9802mark.html
    is written by Mark Allen, a world champion in triathlon, and he did a great job, the series it's just outstanding in terms of conditioning.
     
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  13. gmlasam

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    I would do without the salt, specially a tablespoonful, and specially if one has hyper tension.

    Marius, wouldn't that much salt make you more dehydrated? Salt will absorb the fluids more out of your system, same logic as why one should not drink seawater.
     
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  14. tennis-n-sc

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    I have never seen a tennis player expend the energy of a tri-athlete. You need to compare apples with apples. All the medical data suggests that club level athletes should use the gatorade type drinks in very moderate amounts and diluted. They contain too much sugar and sodium. Bruce is very accurate in his suggestions. The only exception that I can think of is multi-match tournament days in extreme heat and humidty. Even on those days, if you have not hydrated properly the day before, gatorade drinks will do little good. My two cents worth.
     
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  15. finchy

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    gmlasam, i think its to counter what tennisnj said of over-hydration and to replentish the sodium you lose in your sweat. it also makes you drink more keeping you hydrated, but its a see-saw effect.
     
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  16. tennisnj

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    I'll stick to my concoctions of watered down Hydra Fuel & bits of water for my matches. Straight water alone just doesn't cut it. If you can still find Hydra Fuel in GNC type stores, you should give it a try. Many pro players used to drink this on the sidelines & I've found this to work much better then Gatorade or the like. Used to come in large powder containers.
     
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