Dehydration is avoidable and should never reach the point of fainting or death. Always bring a bottle of water with you when you plan to exercise or stay outdoors.
Do athletes need sports drinks?
Water is definitely necessary but what about sports drinks? Firstly, sports drinks are generally a mixture of water and powdered juice with sugar, electrolytes, and vitamins. As mentioned previously, we lose water through sweat and waste. While water is necessary, we lose more than water when we sweat.
Sweat contains a mixture of ions, cations, salts, and lipids. This is why oral rehydration salts and sports drinks contain more than water. During strenuous workouts or games, sports drinks can keep you hydrated and improve your performance.
In addition, sports drinks contain sugar or carbs in addition to electrolytes to give your body fuel. Water alone is good enough for shorter and less intense sessions.
Should we replace water with sports drinks?
No, sports drinks should not replace your normal water intake. While electrolyte drinks can replace what you lose in sweat, they often contain too much sugar and artificial coloring. A bottle of sports drink may contain as much sugar as a can of soda.