Whether it's going for an extended sweat session with friends, an athletic competition, or studying up for an exam, sports and energy drinks can help you and your body function at its best. The better your body is working, the more you can enjoy your activities.
Sports drinks replenish your body's water along with minerals (electrolytes) such as magnesium, potassium, and sodium that leave the body through sweating and metabolic function. They also supply energy (carbohydrates) such as glucose or fructose that can help athletes who exercise for longer than an hour or participate in very intense activities that happen in short bursts, as in ice hockey. Sports drinks contain about two-third of the calories in typical soft drinks and make it easier for the body to process.
Energy drinks are formulated differently than sports drinks because they serve different purposes. They are a source of caffeine and other stimulants that can give a sense of being more awake and mentally sharp. Energy drinks contain sugar as well in some products. They can help you through a long study session or give you a 'pick-me-up' to help you stay alert and energized.
When you are working out or playing a sport, your body produces sweat to help you cool down. Depending on the humidity, temperature, and duration and intensity of the activity, you might sweat more than you realize, and the fluid loss can cause dehydration. You need to hydrate by adding back the water you lose during physical exercise. Keep your muscles working at their peak and avoid fatigue and cramps by drinking hydrating and energizing fluids.
Relying on a sense of thirst alone is not always the best indicator that tells you how much fluids to drink. Plain water is usually enough if your activity lasts for less than an hour. For long and intense efforts, sports drinks can help you hydrate properly before and during exercise. Your body continues to sweat even after you have stopped your physical activity. Along with water, your body needs to replenish electrolytes to maintain fluid balance, muscle contraction, and energy metabolism.
CVS carries lots of options for hydrating and electrolyte-replenishing sports drinks to choose from. Try one of these thirst-quenching choices next time you break a sweat.