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Imagine after running a lap or finishing a game, you feel dehydrated and parched. What is your go-to drink? The obvious answer would be water. However, your teammates grab themselves a bottle or a jug of Gatorade. Then, you joined along in getting a drink. After that, you ask yourself, “Are sports drinks necessary for athletes?”
Debates on this topic
On one hand, some people prefer water because it’s essential to our body. On the other hand, most people think that the electrolytes found in sports drinks are as important as hydrogen and oxygen. These arguments are both understandable. However, the solution to this argument seems both clear and unclear.
It depends on what will keep you hydrated
Upon research, water and electrolytes are both important for our bodies. Water and electrolytes are sure to keep you on your feet during games or exercises. The only thing to keep note is that they will keep you hydrated differently. All you need to do is figure out if what you’re drinking will keep you fully hydrated.
H2 over electrolytes
It’s okay to have sports drinks in occasions. However, there are some health risks to consider if you drink it daily. Even if you’d prefer having a sports drink over water, don’t separate it from other sugary drinks just because it seems good for you. There should be a balance to when you need electrolytes in your body. In the words of Dr. Nish from LiveWell, “Water, water and water should be the beverage of choice for hydration before, during and after physical activity or exercise routines lasting less than one hour.”
Energized on electrolytes
Even though refills of water will keep you hydrated, a drink filled with electrolytes will leave you hydrated and energized. According to Greenletes, electrolytes will help you during your game. It’s good to have electrolytes in your body. You just need the right amount to keep you energized.
In conclusion, sports drinks aren’t always necessary for athletes. Water is more important for you than electrolytes. A simple drink of water is enough for you to be ready for a game. Sometimes, you can have sports drinks if you can maintain balance.