isn't that made of horses?
I must admit that I got bored with the article.
Certainly there are marketing people who tell all sorts of storeys with the intent of selling products and often any truth or established facts get lost.
My take from physiology training is.
It takes time to absorb water/liquid after you drink it.
So having a modest drink (about a cup) before heavy exercise is likely to be beneficial.
The majority of people have plenty of salt in their diet so dont need more
If you are exercising at a level were you are likely to bonk sugary drinks do have some benefit.
If you do bonk it takes at least a day to fully recover.
if you are only exercising for an hour you are very unlikely to bonk.
people have different genetics so there is nor magic one size fits all answer.
If you have medical issues like poor kidney function or diabetes you need to be extra careful and get sound medical advice that is tailored for you situation.
When I did my coaching course with SASI they told us that sport drinks just made expensive urine. Unnecessary.
"Water? Like out of the toilet?"....
Gemma! If the water in the toilet was the last water I could find, I would goulp some up if it meant my kidneys r not going to shut down.
Each to their own I guess, If Bear Grills can drink pee out of a snakeskin pouch, I can handle a life saving gulp!!LOL.
Frank, it's a quote from the movie Idiocracy. Mr Average is cryogenically frozen and awakes 500 years later to find that due to smarter people not procreating, society has become so dumbed-down that he is now the smartest man alive. Apart from being hilarious (and a little bit frightening) it provides a good commentary on advertising, and taps into what Clayton said about most people relying on large companies to do their thinking for them. In the movie, the crops have all died as they are using gatorade to water them (as gatorade, we are all told, is better than water). Mr Average, tells them that crops need water to grow, and one yokel comes back with the comment: "Water? Like out of the toilet?"...
AhH, I don't watch enough TV, my bad!!!
Might adopt that saying though. I like!!
Best races I've had were mildly dehydrated.
I over hydrated during a half ironman bike leg once and most probably understand how often you need to toilet when fully hydrated..Needless to say it is mot inconvenient...
The best sports drink, and I mean instant performance increase during endurance event lasting longer than 3 hrs is de-gassed cola. This is a staple during the run leg of any long or ultra distance triathlon event.
Yes, I forgot about that trick, I had flat Pepsi when I trecked in Israel.
Warm,flat Pepsi-thats bringing back some memories now.
Warm, flat Pepsi makes a passable substitute for killed spirits (=zinc chloride/hydrochloric acid solution) for soldering galvanised iron.
Phosphoric acid is strong stuff.
Hawaiian Punch also tastes alright at any temperature..
An interesting article on the vested interests in American research and why we don't need to drink the swayth of 'sports drinks'.
I think however that it trivialises dehydration, and for that reason I think this article shows a similar lack of good scientific measure.