Powerade and Gatorade drinks do not help with hydration. We have all seen the commercials about how Gatorade and Powerade help you hydrate and replenish electrolytes after exercise, but that is not true. One study found that the beverage that an athlete drinks after short or prolonged exercise does not matter because hunger mechanisms will kick in, and food is the most effective way to replenish those lost electrolytes.
In general, humankind was at its fittest when there were hunter-gathers who had to navigate rough terrain, climb trees, and maintain strength to carry home the meat they hunted. Back in those days, there was no Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. to push their sugary propaganda. What did those people drink? Water. The best way to hydrate is water, and the best way to recover is by using the CrossFit protocol to fuel your body. Meat, veggies, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar (even in “recovery” drinks).
You Don’t Need Sports Drinks To Stay Hydrated | FiveThirtyEight
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