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Q: Should I rethink my sports drink?

Posted July 03, 2013 in Advice Column, Johnston

A: Hydrating well in the summer is important whether you work outdoors or are training for sports or long bike trip, but what electrolyte do you need based on your activity? Vitamin and sports drinks can be misleading as to what is really in the bottle and add extra calories. All of the following choices are the best recommendations in order to avoid artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup and food colorings.

• Weekend yard work: Plain coconut water (add a splash or natural juice for flavor) offers a better ratio of potassium and sodium, is natural and does not taste like coconut.

• Fitness classes: The best electrolyte drink has a balanced blend of natural sugars and minerals including magnesium (like Endura) to support the metabolism, without food dyes. Endura was studied in comparison to sports drinks during one hour of exercise and improved performance an additional 10 percent.

• Athletic competition training: A complete electrolyte drink with magnesium and branch chain amino acids like Dynamic Performance Health Drink can help you improve the quality of your training. Performance drinks can decrease fatigue so you are at lower risk for injury, as well as improve your time.

Information provided by Dr. Juliet O’Donnell, DC, Heartland Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 5521 N.W. 86th St., Johnston, 252-8668.

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