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Why Should We Need To Supplement Sports Drinks?
Jul 09, 2018

What is Sports Drinks?


Sports drinks are formulated according to the characteristics of physiological consumption during exercise. They can be used to supplement the nutrients lost during exercise, to maintain and improve exercise capacity, and to accelerate the elimination of fatigue after exercise. 


Efficacy-- help body fluid regulation; improve exercise capacity.

Definition-- drinks that can effectively supplement exercise loss nutrition.

Features-- contains a certain amount of sugar, vitamins, electrolytes, etc.

Unsuitable people-- high blood pressure, diabetes patients, children, etc.


Why should we need to supplement sports drinks?


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The summer temperature is higher, the average daily temperature is above 35 °C, plus intense exercise , the body will generate a lot of heat, the body mainly through the perspiration to achieve the purpose of heat dissipation. The main component of sweat is water, and it also contains a small amount of inorganic salts such as potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium. In the case of more water loss in the body, if it is not replenished in time, it will cause insufficient water, and the lack of water will increase the temperature in the body, and increase the workload of the cardiovascular system, hinder the regulation of body temperature, and reduce the exercise capacity. At the same time, the loss of sodium ions and chloride ions will affect the body's timely adjustment of physiological changes such as body fluids and temperature. At this time, drinking water alone will not solve the problem, because water is low osmotic pressure, and drinking a lot will dilute the electrolyte in the blood. Electrolyte imbalance in the body can lead to symptoms of exhaustion, dizziness, nausea, general weakness, and medically called water intoxication.


It is suitable for drinking an alkaline beverage containing less than 5% sugar and containing inorganic salts such as potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium after sweating. In general sports drinks, the moisture content is about 90%, the sugar content is 8-12%, the inorganic salt content is about 1.6%, and the vitamin content is about 0.2%. These ingredients are similar to human body fluids. They can be absorbed more quickly by the body after drinking, and timely replenish the body's water and electrolytes (ie, salt) lost by sweating in a large amount of exercise, so that the body fluids reach equilibrium. While supplementing the functions of the human body, it also helps the cells to maintain aerobic oxidation, which reduces the production of lactic acid even at a large amount of exercise, reduces the burden on the human body during exercise, and it is good for provides greater energy supply during exercise and physical recovery after exercise.