Hydration - Sports Drinks

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  1. b33rfairy

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    I am a Senior in North Florida and we play on Sundays during the hottest time of the day 4pm. Looks like pre-hydration is a key, but what is the best sports drink to front load on?
     
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    I like 20 ounces of Gatorade at the beginning of my match. I drink water after that. If I drink the Gatorade too early, I just seem to waste it all in the bathroom beforehand.
     
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  3. jonnythan

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    I use Gatorade powder to mix my own at about 3/4 strength if I'm going to be playing more than an hour or so. I'll drink water and Gatorade in roughly a 2-to-1 ratio throughout the playing time.
     
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    I sweat like a fiend, so I lose tons of salt. I load up on Gatorade and alternate with water during a match.
     
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    Pedialyte before and after if i am playing several matches in a day, for instance in a tournament setting. Otherwise Gatorade and the like work well for me in addition to water and shade on breaks.
     
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  6. ATP100

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    Hydration should start at the very least, the day before.
     
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    Does anyone have an alternative to gatorade without synthetic sugar in it?

    Gatorade makes me surprisingly ill:(
     
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  8. jonnythan

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    What is synthetic sugar?
     
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  9. luvn10is

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    I don't drink Gatorade either

    I'm a cramper so I've tried tons of stuff. Gatorade works but I have to drink a lot and it makes me break out for some reason. Now I drink V8 vegetable juice and chase it with water. Sounds nasty but if it's hot enough it tastes like a dang 5-star meal! I used to drink Vitamin Water but they've added so much sugar I stay away. You can also try Elete. It has worked well for me in the past. I only stopped using it because I ran out one day, started drinking V8 in a pinch and found it works just as well for me.

    http://www.eletewater.com/
     
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  10. b33rfairy

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    awesome allya...

    Thanks for info! I thought I was gonna die the other freakin day...
     
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  11. Ben Hadd

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    Gatorade and water. Sadly yesterday, I found I'm alergic to the red dye in red gatorade. Cest la, the yellow is my fav anyway :)
     
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  12. eagle

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    Coconut water.

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  13. West Coast Ace

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    If you go to REI (or maybe cycling shops) they sell the stuff the long distance bikers use - I think it's called Cytomax. Works as well as Gatorade.

    +1000!

    Doctors are saying 'drink 100oz a day' - I try to every day - have to gauge the intake around meetings at work. :)

    When they're on sale, I buy the new Gatorade Prime 01 squeeze things. One 15 minutes before tennis or working out.

    In place of Gatorade I also use water with one of the Propel crystal packs mixed in.
     
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  14. Angle Queen

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    This.

    8 oz water on-the-hour, every waking hour. Sure, it makes for a few more trips to the loo, but it's usually worth it the day of the match.

    Without getting too graphic, look at the color of your, ah, output. Too dark, drink more or more frequently. Too clear (the day before), wait another hour before drinking again. Strive for the color of lemonade.
     
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  15. Uvijek Argen

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    Thats what I drink together with bottles of water. I buy the tropical punch. Its easy to drink, without that strung salt taste that Gatorade leaves you.
    Bodybuilding website has the best price for them. http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/cs/cytomax.html




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  16. Z-Man

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    Cytomax is good, but I think coconut water is the best thing besides regular water. You need to drink lots of regular water before, during, and after. If you don't like to drink water, I've also found Natural Light is pretty good for staying hydrated.
     
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  17. Jim A

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    Had the very fortunate opportunity to work with a couple leading isotonic and training groups a couple years back, here is their take on all of it.

    Consistent long term hydration is your friend. It's more than slamming 32oz of water in the AM and 24oz of sports drink at lunch.

    Sip water 3-4oz every 15 min throughout the day. This allows your body to actually use it and not just pass through. It will also keep you from skipping off to the restroom every couple of hours.

    For other items, test out sports drinks in practice to see what works for you. They are great at providing electrolytes and trace elements lost while working out. Looking for something great for the day/morning after a tough match, have a V8.

    I can use most anything but when its hot I'll often start with an isotonic and then have some water with it throughout the match. Sip on each changeover and before its time for the beer post-match, drink some sports drink to start the recovery process.
     
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  18. JGads

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    coconut water is great. try the brand 'zico.' one of those pre-match puts extra pep in my step.
     
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  19. FriarTuck

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    I buy a big 128 oz bottle of Gatorade and dilute by 1/2 with water and ice in my insulated water bottle. Too much full strength Gatorade makes me feel sick. I also read that the US Postal Cycling team used this formula for hydration back when Lance Armstrong was winning.
     
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  20. eagle

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    Aloha JGads,

    I've actually tried Zico but a bit too sour for my taste.

    Natural coconut water is best but Zico is fine in a pinch.

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    I also use Cytomax (Tangy Orange) diluted to 50% of the recommended strength :)

    It runs about $28 online for a 4.5 lb. container
     
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    I've been using Electro Mix for the last few weeks because of the combined high heat and humidity here lately where the heat index has typically been between 110 and 115. It has really helped prevent cramping better than Gatorade plus it has no carbs, whereas the 20oz bottle of G2 has 34 grams. One bottle of G2 isn't enough so I supplement it with a liter of Electro Mix and the combination (plus extra water) has worked great for me. I mix in a package of Splenda to give it a bit of sweetness but it doesn't taste awful straight. It is about $8 for 30 one liter packets so it is pretty cost effective too. I should point out that I'm a huge sweater, going through at least 2 shirts and multiple sweat bands, head bands, and towels during a match.
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  23. Blackmamba24

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    Start Hydrating two days before with water/Gatorade.
     
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    They have a Fruit Punch, which I prefer, too. I pay approx. $20 for a container that size called 'Performance Drink (Sustained Energy and Electrolytes)' at REI.
     
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    For preloading the day before, you can use any drink you want. The fancy (or not so fancy) sugars and lytes are for fast hydration either immediately before or during exercise. You don't need rapid hydration the day before, just hydration, which again, any liquid will do.
     
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  26. b33rfairy

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    Hydration plan

    For matchday, will hydrate early - prolly 1 cup coffee, diluted Powerade Zero 1:1, (the shizz is toooo sweet) and diluted Gatorade 2 for matchplay. Prolly 6oz of pasta at lunch, play at 4, Bud light postmatch (Seniors are party animals).

    Where do you get the Cytomax? Might need that for Indian Wells, CA in October (low altitude, 80-90s, low humidity)?
     
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  27. teAlexis

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    I don't mind those sports drinks when they're cold...but if they get warm, the chemicals taste potent. Too many dyes and preservatives in those drinks imo.

    So I just take a huge thermos filled with ice cold water and ice. :)
     
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  28. Bud

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    The 4.5 lb. container at REI is $40 ;)

    The smaller container (20 oz.) is $20
    The large container (72 oz.) is $40

    You can find the large container on line elsewhere for $28
     
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  29. stapletonj

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    If really cold a solution of literally 99% water 1% applejuice is incredibly delicious and refreshing.

    now for scientific stuff, I go with a grapefruit juice/water mixture....
     
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    You got it :)

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/cs/cytomax.html
     
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  31. forthegame

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    Powerade and water though the match. I dislike Gatorade immensely. The newish Powerade Ion4 is taking a while to get used to, prefer the taste of the original.
     
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  32. mctennis

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    A combination of two individual drinks. I take two containers. One has a product called FLUID Recovery drink and the other is a product called Vitalyte. One has some protein in it and I alternate drinking one the the other one. It seems to help me to have some protein in the drink. I don't do well with just drinking Gatorade. It may have been okay years ago but I think there are better products out there now to use.
     
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  33. Fugazi

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    I've had cramps many times in the past. Pre-match hydration is very important. Using an electrolyte drink before and during the match is the key for me. Clif Shot Electrolyte drink (powder) is the most complete, with carbs, sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Gatorade is better than plain water, but it lacks the magnesium and doesn't contain quite enough sodium and potassium. Cytomax seems to be good too, probably similar to Clif Shot Electrolyte.
     
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  34. j00dypoo

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    I'm always drinking water. Lots of it and at all times of day. It's especially important, like many others have already said, to keep the intake of fluids constant the day before and leading up to the match. No alcohol before or after match if you can help it (party animals exempt haha).

    During the match, if you're constantly sweating you'll need to replenish your lost salt and nutrients. That's where the gatorade/powerade/cytomax w/e comes in. I always dilute the sugary sports drinks, by at least half, with water. I also take a bite of a banana at each switch over. If I eat or drink too much sports drink during the match I also get sick.

    In the winter when I don't sweat, I just drink water.
     
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