British Medical Journal casts sceptical eye over sports drinks gospel

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Thud and blunder, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Jan 21, 2008
    Telly, watching AO.
    iirc that poster suggested bacon as a substitute for everything including sleep and sex.
  2. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Oct 1, 2005
    In the old days, we were told to just add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar to water and drink it.
  3. newyorkstadium

    newyorkstadium Semi-Pro

    Jan 12, 2012
    Rotherham, United Kingdom
    I've looked into this. This special carb formula is basically the use of fast acting carbs. Fast acting carbs are simple sugars. Simple sugars can be found in any candy bar or fruit. Or as others suggested, just put sugar in your water.

    Is it a good idea,for general health to replace the minerals and electrolytes you lose through sweat? This is why I used to take a multivitamin on tennis days. There must be a reason sports drinks contain potassium, magnesium & calcium. Or is it just bad science?

    Here is an interesting excerpt on the use of multiple sugars in sports drinks:

    So, maybe sports drinks are better then eating a candy bar, or adding sugar to water. Alternatively, you can just buy some fructose and add that into the water as well.

    Finally, do I want to be consuming snacks frequently at changeovers, or just consume it all in one go when I fatigue (usually about the 2 hr mark)?
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2013
  4. Povl Carstensen

    Povl Carstensen Legend

    Jun 14, 2004
    I would say fruit and juices is a good place to get carbs. You can dilute the juice with water, or alternate between water and juice.
  5. Posture Guy

    Posture Guy Professional

    Aug 14, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Looks like you need a subscription to read the whole thing.

    Re the idea of overhydration, I'm sure that's possible. But playing tennis in Tucson or Austin in the heat of the summer when it's over 110 on the court? It is very difficult to get enough fluids into you as you play to avoid dehydration. You had darn well better show up at the court fully hydrated, and then have plenty of water to drink during the match, and drink liberally at every change over.

    I grew up in Tucson and lived outdoors during the summers. EVERY summer, hikers in the surrounding mountains would either get very ill, or die, because of dehydration. The ones who just got sick consistently said "i waited to start drinking water until I was thirsty." In that environment, that strategy is a very poor one. If you spent much time in the desert you quickly realized that if you waited until you were thirsty, it was too late, you were already behind the power curve.

    Now, my hydration strategies in March are very different than in August. But bottom line, you gotta find what works for you.

    Re Gatorade, that stuff has some really nasty chemicals in it. I wouldn't touch that stuff, personally.

    Right now, I'll get a big cooler of water, put in a half dose of Cytomax powder, about a 1/4 teaspoon of high quality salt, and some trace minerals. I seem to do pretty well with that, definitely better than just drinking straight water.

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