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Are sports drinks better than water for kids who have been exercising?

Are sports drinks better than water for kids who have been exercising?

Usually Not: If you sweat for less than 2 hours, water is usually best. After 2 solid hours, it's advisable to replenish electrolytes. However, the typical sports drink contains far too little sodium and far too much sugar. To make an effective rehydration solution, for every 2 cups of sports drink add 2 cups water, and 1/2 tsp salt. Or, start from scratch. Recipe: http://rehydrate.Org/solutions/homemade.Htm. ...Read more

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Can I take creatine, adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and Accutane at the same time? I drink a lot of water already for sports. I play football and baseball/workout.

Can I take creatine, adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and Accutane at the same time?  I drink a lot of water already for sports.  I play football and baseball/workout.

Not Recommended: As a pediatrician I need to caution you about the use of creatine - we still don't know what the potential long-term effects are. It is really discouraged in growing teens. Taking the combination you mentioned puts a lot of stress on your kidneys, even if you are drinking "plenty" of water. ...Read more

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During my workout when is it necessary to switch from water to a sports drink that has sodium, potassium & carbs? Are these electrolytes? Value?

During my workout when is it necessary to switch from water to a sports drink that has sodium, potassium & carbs? Are these electrolytes? Value?

Electrolytes: When you sweat you loose salt and water. Sports drinks with electrolytes try to replace both. Carbs are added for quick energy. Unless you are doing competitive sports, either drinks ar ok. ...Read more

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I am a lineman for my company! what can I drink to keep hydrated throughout the day? Besides water sports drinks etc! I work 13hrs a day in the sun!

I am a lineman for my company! what can I drink to keep hydrated throughout the day? Besides water sports drinks etc!  I work 13hrs a day in the sun!

Any Commercial: electrolyte containing drink will do but make certain that you drink enough PLAIN WATER! Follow your won body..it "tells you" when you need water...you get THIRSTY ...THIRST indicates you need plain water..sweating will result in Sodium loss as well thus the electrolyte "drinks" during the day.. CARRY BOTH! Hope this helps! DO NOT FORGET SUN BLOCK!!!! Dr Z ...Read more

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To treat dehydration, what is better, water or a sports drink?

It depends: For mild dehydration, water is fine. For severe dehydration, often due to severe diarrhea/heat exposure it is important to include salt, sugar, water, and other electrolytes. Sports drinks often have these ingredients but typically have more sugar than is recommended, particularly in the setting of severe diarrhea. Salty chicken or vegetable soup is often a good initial solution. ...Read more

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How to maintain electrolyte balance during colonoscopy preparation? Should I drink mineral water and sport drinks?

How to maintain electrolyte balance during colonoscopy preparation? Should I drink mineral water and sport drinks?

Electrolytes: Colon prep is not likely to affect the electrolyte balance of normal adults significantly. Drinking these sport drinks will not hurt you and perhaps help the economy. ...Read more

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I'm trying to lose weight by drinking water. Do plastic water bottles and sports bottles have bpa in them? What can I drink out of to lose weight?

I'm trying to lose weight by drinking water. Do plastic water bottles and sports bottles have bpa in them? What can I drink out of to lose weight?

Some may: If the labels on the bottles aren't clear about it, switch to steel bottles for drinking water. Sports equipment stores sell them. Drinking water alone isn't enough to lose weight. As you know,reducing calorie intake and exercise also are needed. ...Read more

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Are sports drinks more effective than plain water at preventing dehydration? I work out year round and sweat a lot, especially in the warmer months. I always drink a lot of water during workouts, but should I be drinking sports drinks instead?

Are sports drinks more effective than plain water at preventing dehydration? I work out year round and sweat a lot, especially in the warmer months. I always drink a lot of water during workouts, but should I be drinking sports drinks instead?

Yes,or coconut water: You want to replace electrolytes as well as water and research shows that water is better absorbed when electrolytes are added. My concern with sports drinks is they tend to have a lot of sugar, often in the form of high fructose corn syrup which is best avoided. Consider coconut water with added sodium as a good alternative. See http://onforb.Es/1ac8vzh & http://bit.Ly/18pve5h. ...Read more

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