Best Sports Drinks For Athletes

Best sports drinks for Athletes

There are a lot of sports drinks that athletes take during and after their normal routine workouts. But most energy drinks are designed for a specific purpose and athletes always don’t know when and how to take them. has arranged the various types of drinks for each variety of sports and the type of workouts. There is a difference between sports drinks and energy drinks. Some energy drinks contain alcohol whilst sports drinks don’t have any alcohol percentage.

The Electrolytes

Electrolytes are a type of ion.

Electrolytes are essential for food consumption, fluid equilibrium, and muscular contraction throughout your runs, much like a missing puzzle piece. Sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride, and magnesium are all electrolytes that the body requires. Focusing on sodium intake is king when it comes to the best sports drinks for runners because it is lost in the biggest amounts in perspiration. It also helps with sugar transit in the small intestine and fluid balance, preventing cramping, bloating, and bonking.

Most runners should start with 250–500mg of sodium per hour, which can readily be obtained from a sports drink. Saltier runners and those running at altitude or in the heat should aim for the higher end of the suggestion, while less salty sweaters should keep to the lower end. Salt tablets or food can also deliver sodium, but it is more difficult to obtain the required amount needed in a race or per the time interval.

The Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are a type of carbohydrate that is found in foods.
Carbohydrates (yes, sugars! and no, they’re not evil) provide energy or calories in sports drinks, which may or may not be essential depending on the length of the run. Carbohydrates themselves are the most efficient source of energy in the human body. Consider them your fuel, allowing you to feel wonderful and run at a certain speed.

Your body has a finite supply of glycogen (about 2,000 calories) that is used as an effective source of energy when food isn’t available. The stored fuel will allow you to run for 90 to 2 hours without becoming fatigued.

This is when carbohydrate-rich sports drinks come in handy. Carbohydrates in sports drinks allow you to exercise for extended periods of time without experiencing the dreaded “hitting the wall” feeling. Carbohydrates should be consumed at a pace of 40–90 grams per hour, which can be obtained from a variety of sources including sports drinks, gels, and food.

When deciding which carbs to consume, we must take into account our anatomy. When you run, two types of sugar transporters, glucose, and fructose open up and allow sugars to be absorbed and transported into the bloodstream, where they can be used for energy production. This is where things get complicated: too much glucose or fructose in the small intestine at once might cause stomach discomfort and bloat. As a result, the combination of sports drinks and any food/gel alternatives that you choose to ingest throughout your run must be carefully considered.

Note: Sports drinks containing fructose should be avoided by persons who have fructose sensitivity.

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By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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