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When might you need a sports drink instead of water during a workout?

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Water is and always will be the best drink for staying hydrated, but that doesn’t mean that sports drinks don’t have a role to play. But athletes -- particularly those engaged in vigorous activity for more than an hour at a time -- have shown improved performance levels after prolonged activity if they replenish their electrolytes while they rehydrate.

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Coombes, J. , April 2005. American Journal of Dentistry

Mary Hayes, DDS, Chicago; spokesperson for the American Dental Association.

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Gatorade.com.

Coca-Cola: “Product Facts.”

Aas, J. , November 2005. Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Medical Microbiology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Reddy, A. , April 2016. Journal of the American Dental Association

USA Today: “Chiseled body, chipping teeth: Energy gels, drinks wreak havoc.”

Mayo Clinic: “When and how often should you brush your teeth?”

 

 

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on May 31, 2018

SOURCES :  

Coombes, J. , April 2005. American Journal of Dentistry

Mary Hayes, DDS, Chicago; spokesperson for the American Dental Association.

Ace Fitness: “Understanding Replacement Options.”

Gatorade.com.

Coca-Cola: “Product Facts.”

Aas, J. , November 2005. Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Medical Microbiology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Reddy, A. , April 2016. Journal of the American Dental Association

USA Today: “Chiseled body, chipping teeth: Energy gels, drinks wreak havoc.”

Mayo Clinic: “When and how often should you brush your teeth?”

 

 

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on May 31, 2018

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