Water Vs. Electrolytes


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Most people who preform physical activities stressful on the body, drink sports drinks with electrolytes such as Gatorade and PowerAde. Other nutritionists say that water is more useful and effective. Everyone has their own preference and opinion. The question is which is actually better for your body when working out, practicing for a sport, or just getting a little bit of exercise.

Your body is about 65% water.  Electrolyte water is typically flavored with artificial sugars and colors.  How could electrolyte water be better than regular water? The cells in the body are dependent on electrolytes to control the cell membrane’s stability in order to carry the electrical charges for muscle movement. If doing a heavy workout, practicing for a marathon, playing football for all 4 quarters, or exercising for more than an hour, electrolyte water is better because water and other diluted drinks don’t have the electrolytes to bring the body back into balance after working hard.

How would you know when to drink electrolyte water or regular water? Simple.  If not working out profusely or doing something simple such as yoga, short-distance swimming, or slow cardio, only drink regular water. The body doesn’t sweat enough to lose electrolytes at a fast pace, they can be replenished naturally by the body. It is okay to drink electrolytes at other times, when sick or the body has lost lots of fluids from sweating or vomiting.  It is not recommended to drink electrolytes all the time. Water is still an extremely important part of any diet.

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