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is gatorade better than water for athletes

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nicole Bressler
9 years experience Emergency Medicine
Electrolytes: Gatorade & water will both hydrate you the same. However, when you exercise, you also lose electrolytes which are important for helping your body work ... Read More
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Dr. Seema Patel
27 years experience Holistic Medicine
Gatorade not great: Yes gatorade has electrolytes but also a ton of sugar which can prevent people from losing weight and optimizing performance. I still recommend it fo ... Read More
Dr. Bryan Levey
27 years experience Pediatrics
It isn't: Gatorade does not hydrate you better than water. Gatorade contains a lot of salt and sugar that most people absolutely don't need when exercising. I ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Fluid intake: will be enhanced by ther use of electrolyte rich fluid intake: G, Powerade, Vitamin water. There is no "better"/./...only enough to prevent dehydratio ... Read More
Dr. Charles Turck
17 years experience Pharmacology
Depend on intensity: When you exercise, you lose electrolytes like sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc. Gatorade contains sugar, sodium, and potassium, wh ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Audie Rolnick
40 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: you should hydrate with plain water if you are in heat, doing extensive cardio. if you work out for more than 45 minutes you can add electrolyte drink ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cain
36 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Benefit how?: Gatorade is designed to replace the fluid lost to exercise in the humidity and heat. If you are not losing lots of fluid you shouldnt need it, if flui ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
28 years experience Podiatry
Too much Gatorade: Is very unhealthy. Many ingredients in there are banned in other countries.
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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes, but why?: not meant for this age, if he drank it by chance once, that's fine, but no need for more, best wishes
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janiece Stewart
20 years experience Sports Medicine
Water: Normally any exercise less an hour long water is sufficient. An hour or longer, I would recommend a drink with some electrolytes in it to replace the ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
24 years experience Family Medicine
Too much water: That is 2-3x as much as you should drink. Why are you wanting to lose weight if your weight is 145lbs? You do not mention your height, but that is l ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Prabhat Sinha
9 years experience Internal Medicine
Gatorade is better : Gatorade is better as it has electrolyte.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Holmes
23 years experience Sports Medicine
Depends on activity: If you exercise for less than one hour in relatively normal temps, then water is likely adequate. If you are a heavy sweater or exercise greater than ... Read More
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