Hydration and sports drinks has been big business, but when did sports drinks become better at hydration than water? British Medical Journal, investigated the medical specialty of hydration. They found a lack of conclusive evidence and suggested there may corporate backing involved.
Gatorade claimed to be able to prevent dehydration and muscle cramps. Pepsi Co bought Gatorade & clever marketing yielded $5 Billion sales in 2010. Gatorade stepped into the medical arena and began its own research as did GlaxoSmithKline with Lucosade’s “Sports science academy”. Sometimes stating “Water isn’t enough”, and backing up these claims with their own scientific evidence.
Hydration & Sports ads were examined and out of 431 only 3 had low risk of bias. Some of these 20 ounce drinks have 18 grams of sugar, so water in this case definitely is better. Food for thought!
Many health clubs today have sports bars and offer so-called health drinks for patrons, and there is a vast variety of health drinks on the market. It’s true: after working out, you need to replenish the moisture and energy that left your body. But while it is tempting to replace those things with a sports drink or bar that is supposed to re-hydrate you and provide proper post-exercise nutrition . . . do you really need it? Scientists are saying that for the average person, the answer is no. Keep reading to find out more about what you really need to re-hydrate and refuel.
According to the principles of TCM, winter is associated with the element of water and influences the health of the kidneys, bladder, adrenal glands, bones (including bone marrow) and teeth. In TCM, the kidneys are the primary source of vitality, energy and heat as well as vital essence. Energy is drawn from this source during times of stress and anxiety or when the body requires healing. During the coldness of winter, it is critical to maintain healthy kidneys and adrenal glands through proper diet and supplementation, good hydration, as well as energetic practices such as yoga and Tai Chi, which help keep your core warm and well nourished.
Ok, my friend – let’s do a quick exercise in hydration. Now this is important, so really pay attention. Stop what you’re doing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself this simple question: are you feeling thirsty right now? If you are, in fact, currently experiencing thirst, you may think it means you’re close to dehydration. But guess what?
It’s too late . . . you are already dehydrated. Keep reading for some easy tips on how to prevent dehydration.