Do you frequently meander down this aisle at the grocery store?
Do you rely on these drinks to start your day or make it past the 3PM slump?
Do you use this drink to meet your nutritional needs each day?
Sports Drinks are beneficial for athletes who participate in prolonged intense physical activity lasting more than one hour; for example, long-distance running, biking, soccer, or basketball. These drinks provide athletes with carbohydrates (sugar), which offers them a quick and easy way to regain energy when their body’s (glycogen) stores are low. However, the casual athlete does not need to consume sports drinks on a regular basis. These drinks contain artificial sweeteners and other sugars that can contribute to obesity and type two diabetes.
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While Energy Drinks can contain artificial sweeteners, more notably is the significant dose of sugar and caffeine, and these ingredients’ negative impact on the youth population. These drinks can cause children and teens to experience weight gain, headaches, nervousness, decreased ability to concentrate, and difficulty sleeping. The youth population needs to be aware that they can improve athletic performance through determination, hard work, and practice. They do not need Energy Drinks.
Vitamin Water may appear as a healthy alternative because of its diverse vitamin and mineral supplementation. While Vitamin Water is the healthiest choice among these three drinks, this drink should not be a quick, easy, and simple fix to fill in nutritional gaps in your diet. Instead, add these nutrients to your diet in the form of a healthy, balanced meal or snack.
After a long, high-intensity exercise session it is critical to replenish your (glycogen) stores. Glycogen, or glucose, is the storage form of carbohydrates in your body. You need to add carbohydrates to your post-workout feeding in order to meet energy, potassium, sodium, magnesium, and electrolyte requirements. Coconut water is a good natural source of electrolytes, however it does have a definite and unique flavor that does not agree with some people’s taste buds. If you do not like the taste of coconut water, try the drink recipe below. 100% juice is added to complement the flavor and add carbohydrates for a boost of energy to your day.
- 3 cups Coconut Water
- 1 cup 100% Juice (eg. Pomegranate; Apple)
- 1 cup Ice
- 1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 tablespoon Organic Honey
- Squeeze of Lime and Orange (optional)
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender for 1 minute. Pour refreshing, healthy drink into glasses and enjoy immediately. Or, you may store mixture in refrigerator for up to 1 week.