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The Truth About Electrolytes And Energy

Did you know that 30 to 50 percent of teenagers in the United States consume energy drinks? That was the result of a study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is because of the great techniques of marketing by the energy drink companies that teens in this country are turning to Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar and Full Throttle for their hydrating needs instead of going with water or sports drinks such as Powerade and Gatorade.

That study shows that perhaps the young people of America do not have the facts when it comes to hydration. They would have to be missing the fact that one can alone can deliver so much caffeine that it is 14 times more what you would get from a soda. A doctor could tell you that the amount is already toxic for children.

What Caffeine Can Do To You

Part of what the report tells is the increased amount of caffeine promotes sweat excretion and urine flow which alters the electrolyte levels. One more thing that the report gives us to be concerned about is that in some cases there could even be some really bad results such as diabetes, seizures, behavioral disorders, heart problems and some reactions when taken with medications. In the country there were a total of 5,448 overdoses of caffeine; people under the age of 19 accounted for 46 percent of those.

In addition the report also details that the national federation of State HS Associations in 2008 issued a recommendation of not only using water and other sports drinks, but they also suggested that teenagers stay away from energy drinks due to the lack of benefits and the very possible risks of consumption; including the interaction with prescription medicine.

There are however also a few problems with energy drinks. They are phenomenal way to stay hydrated, especially when you are having the hardest workouts. They replace the carbs and electrolytes that you lose, but at the same time they can be rich in additives, sugars and calories which can result in obesity, as well as problem with the teeth.

If you do not know what electrolytes are, they are minerals or chemicals ionic in nature that act as conductors of electrical charges in the fluid content in your body. Some of the major electrolytes in the body you already know; they are sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphate and sulfate. You should focus in maintaining the balance of electrolytes because of all the important functions that they have in your body.

Every time that you exercise in a rigorous manner you are losing electrolytes   in your sweat. You are mainly losing potassium and sodium; that is the reason why most sports drinks include both of those ingredients plus chloride. Sodium helps with the retention of fluids while potassium works together with sodium to maintain the water balance in your body.

Just do keep in mind that you are also consuming artificial flavors, coloring, artificial sweeteners, and even vegetable oil which is one of the ingredients in Gatorade. So even though a sports drink can be great to replenish electrolytes, there are other things to watch out for.

Some published research has also suggested that sports drinks are not the best to replace the potassium lost during sports or athletics. The problem with that is that an athlete can feel the potassium levels drop when they start getting cramps and even problems with the circulatory system. You can lower that risk by eating potassium rich foods such as bananas, potatoes and oranges. That should be all the potassium that you need for an arduous workout.

For an additional boost of energy, bananas and oranges also will help give you that boost. You can also try a handful of nuts and a glass of water. Either of those options will have you working at your full potential. The most important thing of course is to remain hydrated. If you think that you should be drinking water, then you probably have a drink. Keep hydrated while you exercise and look to natural foods for an energy boost.


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