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Is it better to hydrate with water or "gatorade" when exercising?

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Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 47 years experience
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 dehydration.
Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 17 years experience
Depend on intensity: When you exercise, you lose electrolytes like sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc. Gatorade contains sugar, sodium, and potassium, which may help. However, water is better if not doing an intense workout due to added sugar (if you have diabetes, that will also be a consideration). Even when exercising heavily, there are other drinks that provide more than sodium and potassium.
Dr. Richard Mallia
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If your kidneys are in good shape Gatorade is more helpful to restore hydration.
Feb 4, 2019

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