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Does Gatorade Give You Energy
No. but...: Having normal electrolytes in blood is one of indirect indicators to tell us the body functions in its proper homeostasis which suggests the availability of reasonable functional reserve. Supplying electrolytes alone will not boost energy/vitality, but healthy lifestyle without overindulgence/obsession will. More? To articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html. Best wish to health.. ...Read more
Drinking energy drinks give me diarrhea, & a lot of people I know get diarrhea from it as well. What ingredient in energy drinks can give you diarrhea?
Lots of stuff: Many ingredients in energy drinks can cause diarrhea; different people have different sensitivities, so it’s hard to say which one actually causes it in any individual. According to sports physicians i've talked to, the best energy drink is water. One team doctor told me that those big energy drink barrels you see on the sidelines at games are usually full of water, not the advertised product. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sleep,diet,exercise: With the appropriate balance of enough sleep, a healthy diet not full of fats and sodium, and exercise, your body will make natural chemicals not only to give you energy, but to boost your mood, attention and overall feeling of wellbeing. Love life and take care of your body and you will have the energy you need. ...Read more
Moderation esp when: Pregnant. Many pregnant women will limit coffee and caffeinated teas, as well as chocolate, colas and other caffeine containing substances. Energy drinks contain variable amounts of caffeine, and again - excess in anything is generally not a good idea in pregnancy. The best place for pregnant women to get advice is from their OB providers. I can find no literature that it can cause miscarriage. ...Read more
Not doing it: Energy drinks are simply high doses of caffeine, which is not good for people in excess. Energy and stamina do not come out of a pill bottle, or for that matter 5 cups of coffee, although that can be a temporary solution. The long-term answer is good diet, exercise, staying at healthy weight, getting adequate sleep. A therapeutic multivitamin may help if your diet isn't what it should be. ...Read more
Depends: Whey is a protein. It is a food that can assist you in weight loss if you substitute it for higher calorie or fat rich protein sources. Muscle mass increases with proper nutrition (proteins and balanced nutrients from fruits, vegetables) and weight based training. Adding whey to a good diet through liquid supplements after "workout" fights hunger and promotes muscle "recovery" for your success. ...Read more
Drinks like gatorade/powerade replenish you and quench your thirst. But how is this possible when they have sodium(salt)? Doesnt salt dehydrate you?
Replaces salt losses: During exercise and sweating, we lose variable to large amounts of salt/sodium and other electrolytes, especially if a heavy and salty sweater and/or exercising for over one hour. Beverages like gatorade and powerade replenish those salt losses while also providing water for hydration and some carbohydrates for energy replacement as well. We don't endorse talking salt alone without the hydration. ...Read more
Yes: Caffeine is what is in most of them, and others contain fair amounts of sugar as well. Both of these have diuretic properties and you lose more fluid than you are taking in with them. Energy drinks are not good for you in excess. I think one of them is probably fine, or maybe two - essentially similar to 3-4 cups of coffee, but higher doses can cause problems -anxiety, insomnia, hypertension. ...Read more
Probably not: 1 energy drink a day will probably not do any serious damage to you. However, it is not supporting your health. It is not unusual to have a sensitivity to artificial sweeteners (they give me a headache, for instance). Also, energy drinks contain untested combinations of caffeine and herbal supplements. They can be quite dangerous in large quantities. Which means they are not healthy overall. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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