Written by Contributing Editor Cathy Gehr (Health Researcher and Nutrition Adviser)
Tennis sports drinks facts: are some better than others? (Video) Are you puzzled as to what is the best sports drink for you? One of our readers said she’s confused about the different types of sports drinks and their ingredients, and is perplexed about the various energy drink facts she has heard. The video below will show you what experts think of sports drinks that may surprise you.
To continue on the subject of hydration and tennis sports drinks facts, let’s take a closer look.
What are sports drinks? They are beverages especially designed to help rehydrate the body when it has been depleted of fluids after strenuous exercise, training or competitive sports activity. One of my favorites is coconut water, one of the best recovery drinks available. With no added man-made ingredients, fat free and low in calories, it is the best sport drink on my list. This is extracted from green coconuts and are often available in supermarkets.
When deciphering tennis sports drink facts, think about the type and intensity of your tennis activity. Is it a quick cardio session? A full-on, rigorous tennis tournament? Strength training at the gym? Then match it up to what kind of recovery drinks you need. To help you plot your hydration plan, here are some simple, clear hydration solutions.
Tennis Sports Drinks Facts: Are Some Better Than Others? (Video)
Light physical activity: Think yard work, walking, short runs, quick cardio sessions, low-impact sports (tennis, swimming, and downhill skiing).
Drink: Water or enhanced water.
Why: Plain water will satisfy all your fluid quotas for light activities lasting 30 minutes to an hour.
Having rigorous fun: Long runs, bike rides, basketball, soccer, or other strenuous 60-minute-plus workouts.
Drink: Sports drinks. Beverages with about 50 calories, 14 grams of carbohydrates, and about 110 milligrams of sodium per 8-ounce serving.
Why: More than sixty minutes of intense activity can deplete your energy, electrolyte, and fluid reserves.
Working on strength training. Any low-fat, premade version. Or make your own using fat-free milk and Nesquik powder, which has 25% less sugar than other flavored powders and syrups.
Drink: A glass of chocolate milk.
Why: Research shows that chocolate milk supplies just the right balance of carbs and protein your muscles need for quick recovery. (Source of article here)
In the video below, Dr. Howard Kadish, M.D., M.B.A., Barbara Insley Crouch (director of Utah Poison Control Center), and Peter P. Taillac, M.D., FACEP, expound on the dangers of commercially available sports drinks.
Tennis sports drinks facts: are some better than others? (Video)
A great alternative is to make your own at home, which is going to work out cheaper, and contain less white sugar, which is another subject in itself that I will expound on in another article. Briefly, white sugar has a serious effect on your immune system, bones, teeth, and worse, and although widely available and accepted, it is probably one of the most dangerous additives on the market. Believe me, it’s true!
Secondly, a lot of sports drinks contain caffeine. If you note you feel peppy, and reinvigorated after drinking a sports drink, you’re probably feeling the effects of caffeine in your system. So, making your own can put you in control of what you are consuming as an athlete.
Here’s a simple and easy to make recipe for a healthy homemade tennis sports drink.
I call it “rocket fuel”.
This is what you’ll need:
1/4 cup raw sugar
1/4 teaspoon natural sea salt
1/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
This is what you’ll need to do:
Take the raw sugar and natural sea salt and drop it in the ¼ cup of hot water and mix until dissolved.
Add 3 ½ cups of cold water, and the orange juice.
You can even add a few squeezes of lemon or lime to jazz it up a bit.
Refrigerate until chilled.
Tennis sports drinks facts: are some better than others? The fact is that most are not good for you at all, and experts have been trying to educate athletes, parents and children as to the dangers and drawbacks of these drinks. Just because the label says it’s a sports drink doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be good for you, or make you better at your sport. The point is, although you may feel a boost after drinking a commercially available sports drink, this is due to the caffeine high rushing through your system.