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HEALTHY SPORTS DRINK healthy vs unhealthy

Many people will drink sports replacement drinks like Gatorade to replenish fluids:

Here's a breakdown of some of the ingredients in Gatorade:

Sucrose syrup: Sucrose syrup is defined as a mixture of glucose and fructose.

Fructose: Studies indicate fructose consumption contributes to insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, liver disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, and other illnesses.1

Sodium citrate. Side effects of sodium citrate are loose stools, nausea, upset stomach and vomiting.

Monopotassium phosphate: Common side effects include headache, dizziness, bone or joint pain, nausea, increased thirst.

Red 40: Red # 40 has also been linked to hyperactivity in children. A report on CBS News claims Red # 40 causes allergic reactions and “presents unnecessary risks to humans, especially young children.”

Blue 1: Blue # 1 has been linked to kidney tumors in mice.

SO CHOOSE HEALTHIER INGREDIENTS and make your own sports drink

Natural Sports Drinks Ingredients

These are NOT the types of ingredients you'd expect to find in sports drinks. Instead of consuming sugary beverages, create your own natural sports drink with a few of the following healthy ingredients:

· Coconut water

· Green tea

· Sea salt

· electrolyte powder

· A little fruit juice

· Honey

· Lemons

· Limes

· Oranges

· Strawberries

· Natural flavors such as fresh ginger or mint

Sea salt and the electrolyte powders are the staples, the other ingredients are based on a person’s individual preferences. Electrolyte powders are available at health stores and sport supply stores

Here’s a healthy chemical free sample recipe that makes one quart:

1 quart of liquid (green tea, coconut water, liquid of choice etc)

1 tsp of electrolyte powder

¼ cup of lemon juice

1-2 tsp of honey

¼ teaspoon of sea salt

This particular concoction will last about 4 days.


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