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Are sports drinks good for kids?

Are sports drinks good for kids?

Not really: They are just a hair shy of juices, which are nothing more then liquid candy. They serve no great purpose and have lots of sugar. Avoid them as much as you can. ...Read more

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Dr. Navita Modi
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Hydration (Definition)

Hydration simply means increasing fluid intake whether its by you drinking more fluid ...Read more


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Are sport drinks a good electrolyte supplementation for my child with gastroenteritis?

Are sport drinks a good electrolyte supplementation for my child with gastroenteritis?

No: These generally have an excess amount of sugar that can actually worsen the process. I have occasionally used gateraid diluted half & half with water in older kids (>6m).I use pedialyte in most. ...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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Is drinking soft drinks good for health?

Is drinking soft drinks good for health?

REALLY???: This is perhaps the most absurd question I have gotten here. Soft drinks are arguably the worst thing you can eat & right up there with smoking for least healthy thing you can do. Not only are they loaded with sugar, it is the esp. Bad high fructose corn syrup. But diet sodas are just as bad for you! see http://www.Huffingtonpost.Com/2012/03/14/soda-and-heart-attacks_n_1343163.Html#slide=779339. ...Read more

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Is gatorade a good drink to hydrate with during gym workouts?

Is gatorade a good drink to hydrate with during gym workouts?

Its ok: Most people do fine just by drinking water which is what one loses in sweat while working out. If you are working out for at least an hour or in high humidity conditions, use might want to use a gatorade drink to help replace some of the lost electrolytes. ...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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Are energy drinks good for you?

Are energy drinks good for you?

Energy Drinks: I am not a fan of energy drinks. They typically contain sugar and caffeine. Energy drinks can adversely affect the cardiovascular system by increasing blood pressure, and causing cardiac rhythm problems. I would not recommend any of the energy drinks. ...Read more

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Are sports drinks actually beneficial for athletes?

Are sports drinks actually beneficial for athletes?

Can be: There are so many on the market so replenishing electrolytes is good, the problem with many brands is they contain high amounts of sugars. So, like anythign else you have to make your purchase wisely. Stay away from the ones that have the high fructose corn syrup. As a rule of thumb, when thats the first ingredient, stay away. ...Read more

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What to eat before basketball practice for good energy and strength?

What to eat before basketball practice for good energy and strength?

Pregame: A meal right before basketball practice should contain a mixture of simple and complex carbohydrates. This should help give you the energy you need right away, while keeping some reserves for the later part of your workout. All the best! ...Read more

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As one who exercises regularly, is it good to drink "electrolyte" drinks to replenish one's electrolyte balance?

As one who exercises regularly, is it good to drink "electrolyte" drinks to replenish one's electrolyte balance?

Yes: The replenishment fluids should contain sodium, postassium supplemtation as well as water. ...Read more

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For preventing dehydration with e.Coli infections, which is better water or sports drinks?

For preventing dehydration with e.Coli infections, which is better water or sports drinks?

Sports drinks...: ...Are at least closer to the ideal composition, but they still tend to be heavy on sugar and light on potassium compared to the who-recommended rehydration solution. Water can produce dangerous electrolyte disturbances by diluting your body's salts as they are being flushed out by diarrhea. ...Read more

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Which is better for you: diet soda or energy drinks?

Which is better for you: diet soda or energy drinks?

Neither: Both are bad. Gatorade, milk, fruit juice or water are much better alternatives ...Read more

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Are aloe drinks good for you?

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Are aloe drinks good for you?

Depends upon . . .: Whether or not aloe drinks are good for you depends upon who you ask. It also depends upon how much evidence/proof you need to convince you, one way or another. Check out http://www.shape.com/weight-loss/food-weight-loss/ask-diet-doctor-truth-about-aloe-vera-juice. Bottom line, beware anything that's promoted/marketed as miraculous, no matter how long it's been around. ...Read more

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How can I best hydrate and replenish electrolytes before and after football practice?

How can I best hydrate and replenish electrolytes before and after football practice?

Gatorade type drinks: Electrolyte-containing drinks like gatorade and poweraid supply electrolytes like sodium and potassium lost during sweating. Fruits like bananas, oranges and pretzels can be healthy ways to replenish electrolytes as well. High level endurance athletes and very salty sweaters may also take electrolyte containing supplements/pills before, during and after exercise in hot & humid environments. ...Read more

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How do I best prepare for a right hemicolectomy? Are pre-operative nutrition drinks and antibacterial showers recommended ?

How do I best prepare for a right hemicolectomy? Are pre-operative nutrition drinks and antibacterial showers recommended ?

Follow MD 's advice: Each surgeon had individual preference to prepare the bowel ,during preoperative time. Do not break the preparation protocol . Poorly prepared colon will result higher complication rate , like post OP infection etc. Speak to your surgeon. ...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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Is it good for a person with diabetes (type 2) to drink diet soda to keep hydrated?

Is it good for a person with diabetes (type 2) to drink diet soda to keep hydrated?

Not really: Diet sodas do not help with weight loss, and usually have a heavy load of phosphoric acid. The artificial sweeteners paradoxically increase the need for sweets elsewhere in the diet. You can have 1 or 2 12oz servings without much downside. More than that is excessive. The best hydrating agent is simply water. It is less expensive, healthier, and has no side effects. Water is a better than soda. ...Read more

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