The Shocking Truth About Sports Drinks

5 Jul

The Shocking Truth About Sports Drinks

This post is really important whether you’re an athlete using sports drinks for performance, or someone simply choosing sports drinks from the vending machine because you like the taste or heard they’re good for you.

I like to share knowledge with you on this site so that you’re then enabled to make nutrition choices with the facts in front of you, not because of clever marketing ploys or celebrity endorsements.  And that’s a big issue for this post.

Because pretty much everyone who drinks a can of soda with lunch realises it isn’t the healthiest option, but they choose it for taste reasons.  Now that might not be the best decision for your body, but at least you’re aware of the facts.

With sports drinks, the opposite is true.  People seem to think sports drinks are some elite force of super-drinks, probably even better for you than water!

And when we look at the marketing that sports drink companies use, that’s little surprise.

The truth is that sports drinks are a very different product than many people imagine.

While we have begun to treat sports drinks as a Holy Grail that can offer us endless energy during exercise, sports, or just a typical day, many of these products are simply a blend of simple carbohydrate in the form of glucose, and complex carbohydrate in the form of maltodextrin.

What this means for your body is a very quick blood sugar spike, followed by a rush of sugar into your bloodstream.  To respond to this, your body is forced to produce insulin and increase the acidity of your blood pH levels.

The excess glucose is stored in fat cells, and the spikes in blood sugar and insulin inhibit the release of fats.  In simple terms, sports drinks reduce weight loss.

Let’s not forget the acid pH levels – they lead to a reduction in the delivery of oxygen to your cells, leading to breathlessness.

Not great, huh?

And this is before we’ve moved on to the artificial sweeteners most sports drinks also contain.  The sweeteners, such as aspartame and acesulfame K, have been linked with nausea, migraines, muscle weakness, fatigue, memory loss, and more.  Acesulfame K has also been shown to stimulate insulin response, as if the pancreas isn’t already doing enough to cope with the sports drink!

So, please, when you are in need of an energy boost, don’t reach for high street sports drinks – they do more harm than good.

What’s the alternative?

The good news is that there is a natural sports drink that supports the body through physical activity and provide more energy.  If you’d like to make the sensible choice, and switch to using this product, contact me.

**For a limited time, I am offering a 20% discount on a month’s supply of this product. To order, call me on (+44) 7795 116284**

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