Do Sports Drinks Help Athletes Perform?

Posted by Signature Medical Group on Saturday, October 8, 2016 in Sports Medicine

Sports drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade, are beverages that help athletes replace water, electrolytes and energy after training or competition.

But are they really more effective than water?

Experts say yes, if you're working out more than 60 minutes - or less than that if you're working out very intensely. But if you're going for an easy jog, sports drinks are no more valuable than water.

The reason is that a hard workout requires more sodium, and water provides no sodium. Sports drinks have sodium and will benefit athletes in a rigorous workout.

Experts suggest frequently sipping small amounts of whatever you hydrate with to avoid a rare condition called hyponatremia, typically occurring with athletes who run long distances. They drink too much water without the necessary sodium.

Another nutrition tip is to stay away from added caffeine, because if you’re using water for hydration, the strength of your jolt may add up quickly.

Our nutritionists at Signature Medical Group can advise you on proper fluids and keep your workout going strong. Our nutritionist can also