Drinks You Think are Healthy but Are Not Any Better Than Sodas

Of course everyone wants to get the most out of their exercise time and workouts. Everyone it seems is looking for a way to get the most bang out of their exercise buck. Perhaps this would explain why Americans put out as much as 5 billion dollars per year downing sports and energy drinks. Do we really believe those commercials?

If you are a professional athlete, or even a weekend sports fan, and you probably rely on those sports drinks or energy drinks thinking that you are somehow helping your body, you should know that just the opposite is true. You are doing your body a tremendous disservice while impairing your own physical performance. Once consumed, these drinks, which aren’t much better than Kool-Aid, acidify your cellular environment, which restricts the oxygenation of cells while they limit energy production. All the while, these drinks are being promoted and marketed as “healthful”, replenishing sports drinks that can improve your overall athletic performance.

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Photo credit: bigstock

The University of California at Berkeley recently released a report that stated that these popular sports drinks are not all that different from soda (find out why we should avoid soda). After looking at the possible related health risks and examining their overall sugar content, they described these drinks as “essentially sodas without the carbonation.” This study involved 21 popular drinks who claimed health benefits. Although you will find many of these sports drinks and energy drinks with labels that claim various health benefits, but read the label closely and you will see that the levels of sugar in these products are almost identical to sodas.

Although the beverage industry will use their flowery marketing programs to attempt to convince you, the public, that their sports and energy drinks are healthy, the truth is that they are loaded with sugar. One drink alone contained 18 teaspoons of sugar. Although it’s true that some of these drinks are fortified with vitamins, these vitamins will often be simply removed from the body via urine because they are synthetic derivatives that the body cannot break down easily. The herb and vitamins contents of some of these drinks fool many people into believing that they are getting some valuable nutrition, when the fact of the matter is, they are getting nothing more than huge doses of refined sugars that acidify the body.

In fact, because these drinks contain so much sugar, researchers concluded that they are contributing to obesity and diabetes in young people. So called “energy” drinks provide some short term energy via high levels of caffeine, but it’s a very short term burst, and it only addicts young people into wanting more of something that will, in the end, only give them heart arrhythmia and pounding headaches.


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Many popular energy drinks proudly claim that their beverages are double sized, double strength, which implies bigger, faster, and stronger. However, according to research, the high levels of guarana and caffeine in some of these drinks can cause an overstimulation of the nervous and cardiovascular systems which causes increased stress levels on the body, as well as feelings of anxiety, insomnia, headaches, and reduced academic performance. In some extreme cases, they caused tremors, seizures, and hallucinations.

There was one thing that all these sports drinks, flavored waters, fruit flavored drinks, even some flavored “teas” had in common: high sugar content. It’s these super sugary sports and energy drinks that are contributing to the dramatic increase of diabetes and obesity in America today. Read also why Amercian are so fat.

Our bodies rely on salt to pump out water onto our skins to cool us down, that much is true. This is the reason that sweat tastes salty. However, unless you are a hardcore or professional athlete, it is almost impossible for you to sweat out enough salt to be dangerous. Marathon runners, ok, while you are running, one of those sports drinks will be helpful. For those of us who do our dutiful 45 or 60 minute workout at the gym? Water will work just fine.

Water is the perfect choice for hydration. For those eating even modestly healthy diets that have high proteins levels, will find that their diets are perfectly capable of supporting the muscle rebuilding and growth of almost all athletes.

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