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Sep052012

To Gatorade or Not to Gatorade

This is always a question in the gym, but it wasn't a question from my client that sparked this blog post.  It was my 4 year old son crying at a pool party this last weekend because he wanted to drink a "blue Gatorade" like the rest of the kids at the party.  As a dad, of course, you never want your kid to be the one crying at a party, but my wife and I both agree that we aren't big fans of our kids frequently drinking sports drinks, juice boxes, etc.  

Most of these drinks have more sugars and processed ingredients (like high fructose corn syrup and others) than we care to give to our children, my clients, or drink ourselves.  I'm not saying that we have never drank a Gatorade, or never will again, I'm just saying that as we both become more educated in health and nutrition topics, we are more careful as to what we choose to eat and drink.

In a pinch, I have had clients grab a Gatorade if they failed to eat something before working out simply to get some quick acting carbs in their system to keep them from getting nauseous or tossing their cookies during a session. In doing that, I feel that I have made a mistake by not educating well enough, and I am afraid that some of them have misunderstood that gesture as me telling them that sports drinks are a "good" option for them during their workouts or in their golf rounds.  I will go on record right now saying that I would rather my clients (as well as my kids)  NOT drink these on a regular basis.

There are better ways of replenishing your electrolytes and hydrating yourself during a vigorous workout or a long hot round of golf.  One option is drinking coconut water.  It's a natural, low sugar way to get electrolytes and potassium bakc in your body.  The taste can be a big factor for some people, so you'll just have to try for yourself and see.

This is a bag of Celtic Sea Salt 

Another very simple option that I just recently learned of myself, is using just a pinch of Celtic Sea Salt in your water bottle.  This allows for the minerals in the salt to dissolve in the water and thus replenishes your body better than simply drinking pure water and gives you the benefits that the sports drinks promote without all of the fillers, preservatives, sugars and processed garbage.
 
Of course I am no chemistry major, so I figured I would let someone much more advanced in this field explain it.  In the video below is a gentleman by the name of Robert Yang.  He is on the advisory board for TPI, and was referred to by the found of TPi, Dr. Greg Rose, as one of the smartest minds in nutrition and fitness.  In this video Rob explains why he doesn't care for sops drinks and why, and also share the Celtic Sea Salt option and why it works. 

 

You can find more of Robert Yang's stuff at http://www.robertyang.net/

You can find even more options and information from one of my wife's favorite websites, The Food Babe, or use this link to go straight to her article on this topic: http://tinyurl.com/9ca5cmj

By the way, to answer the question, "So, did you give your son the gatorade or not?" I mixed just enough in a glass of water to make it look blue and gave it to him.  He didn't know the difference and it shut off the water works.  Some times you DO have to compromise.  Gotta know when to pick your battles, right?

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