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Sports Drinks vs Energy Drinks

Posted by on April 2, 2017

Energy drinks and sports drinks were created for two different types of consumers. Many people think they are one and the same, but this is not true. There is a huge difference between the two beverages. While energy drinks are a stimulant, sports drinks are not.

Energy drinks are not recommended during a workout. Yes, it will give you a temporary mental performance boost, but it contains stimulants such as caffeine, taurine, and glucuronolactone. Caffeine can cause dehydration, since it makes the kidneys pull more water out of the bloodstream. The energy drink does not add much water to the digestive system.

Sports drinks are designed for strenuous activity. Some sports drinks do contain some caffeine, but the amount is not high. However, sports drinks are generally high in carbohydrates. When a person engages in high levels of activity, the body needs to replace electrolytes and carbohydrates as well. It also needs the fluids to prevent dehydration. Sports drinks have been created after vast nutritional and scientific research.

It is important to have electrolytes replenished in the body during exercise. They relax and regulate nerve impulses as well as helping the muscles contract. Electrolytes also help maintain the level of fluids in the body. With the help of sports drinks, a person can help maintain the electrolytes in his body.

There are three types of sports drinks available. Isotonic sports drinks offer a boost of carbohydrates while quickly replacing fluids lost during extensive sweating. Team sports or long distance running are sports in which participants would benefit from this type of drink. Hypotonic sports drinks offer fluids, but not the carbohydrates. Gymnasts and jockeys would find this type of sports drink beneficial. Hypertonic sports drinks help a person meet energy requirements during exercise.

Energy drinks are a like a glorified soft drink. Most of them are carbonated. This is a definite negative when you are exercising. Carbonation could cause stomach cramps when you are taking part in physical activity. The caffeine content is higher than that in soft drinks as well. When looking at the label, it is important to understand that kola nut and guarana are herbal sources of caffeine.

It is important when you are taking part in physical activity to consume sports drinks. Some research has even shown sports drinks to be better than water during competitions because it helps replace electrolytes and carbohydrates. Avoid energy drinks while performing in any sort of sports activity.

Source:
1. Sports drink
2. Are Sports Drinks Meant For Non-Athletes – Healthguidesdaily
3. 4 Alternatives to Sports Drinks

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