Gatorde Thirst Quencher hydrates and fuels better than water. It’s a bold claim that we couldn’t make without forty-nine years of research – both in the lab and in the game.
As an athlete, you play hard, you sweat a lot and you need energy. So your body demands the stuff Gatorade is made of. The stuff that replaces sweat and gives you fuel. The stuff you won’t find in water. After all, you don't sweat water. You sweat sweat.
And that’s why Gatorade is trusted by some of the world’s top athletes. It’s not just hydration. It's hydration to perform.
Sweat is more than water. Electrolytes are in there too, such as sodium and potassium. They play a key role in brain-to-muscle communication, which is important for performance.
Intense workouts may lead to intense sweating, and you have a lot to lose. Dehydration may force your heart to work harder and your body core temperature to rise, causing your performance to suffer.
SWEAT; WHEN YOU COMBINE ELECTROLYTES AND WATER, YOU GET SWEAT. DURING A GAME OR PRACTICE, THE AVERGE HOCKEY PLAYER LOSES 1.5L OF SWEAT PER HOUR. AND YOU NEED THE SODIUM THAT’S LOST IN SWEAT. SODIUM HELPS YOU ACHIEVE QUICK AND COMPLETE REHYRDATION BY HELPING YOUR BODY KEEP IN FLUIDS.
Sodium: Elite hockey players have been shown to lose an average of 2000-2500 mg of sodium during an hour-long practice and up to an average of 3000 mg in a game. In these cases, sweat loss is more than the entire recommended daily intake of sodium. And it’s why a typical sports drink contains sodium to keep you hydrated.
Sugars are the preferred fuel source for your brain and muscles. You need them to perform during intense or long bouts of exercise.
Carbohydrates are sugars. Your body breaks down carbohydrates into sugar molecules, which your muscles and brain then use for fuel.
Brain: Sugars help improve concentration, helping you make better split-second decisions during the game.
Muscles: Sugars fuel your muscles during high-intensity efforts or prolonged exercise to help you play harder and go longer.
How much do you need?
Consuming fluids during exercise keeps your blood volume up and your core temperature down. Both help you fight fatigue and perform better.
Core Body Temperature: Moving your muscles produces heat. An increase in core temperature may make you feel fatigued and slow down your performance. Sweating helps keep you cool, but you need to drink fluid to replace that sweat.
Weigh in – Weigh out: Weigh yourself before and after training to see exactly how much fluid you lose in sweat. For every kilogram of body weight lost, drink an additional ~1 to 1.5L of fluids on top of what you were already drinking. Consistently hydrating during exercise is the best way to help prevent dehydration.
Gatorade Thirst Quencher is refreshing for a reason. The great taste helps you to drink more, which keeps you hydrated. This is important, because thirst alone may not be a good indicator of how hydrated or dehydrated you are.
You might hear contradictory things about the ingredients in Gatorade, but the fact is sugars fuel your muscles and brain, while sodium, rehydrates. It's important to note that all dietary recommendations are based on sedentary people, not active ones. Recommendations for athletes are different because your needs are different.
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