For the last few years, health experts have drilled into us that gym goers need to keep their hydration up at all costs.
Drink before and after exercising, or run serious risks.
What's more, water is supposedly insufficient to keep our bodies hydrated.
We are told that flavored, mineral-rich and carbohydrate-containing sports drinks are just what we need.
Don't forget the juicy electrolytes they contain!
All of these are essential for sports performance and health.
However, according to sports scientists, we don't really need sports drinks unless we're planning to partake in a triathlon event.
There is little scientific evidence that average exercise levels require us to consume sports drinks.
More than one expert thinks sports drinks are merely supplying us with an unnecessary dollop of calories in the form of refined sugar.
Here’s why you should consider ditching sports drinks:
1. Potentially Misleading Advertising
The UK Advertising Standards Agency banned a promotional campaign by Lucozade Sport last year, in which the company claimed their sports drink hydrated exercisers "better than water." According to the Australian authors of a 2014 paper published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, "there is no strong scientific evidence" that sports drinks are fitness and health-enhancing;
the authors also voiced their concerns that sports drinks producers were still marketing their products in this misleading way.
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