Obviously when exercising at an athletic event or in your spare time, it is vital that you replenish your body by drinking fluids. One of the most common questions that is now circulating the globe is which is better…Gatorade or water. In this article I will take an in depth look at what each drink provides and which is better for exercising.
One of the most important aspects of exercise is re-hydrating the body by drinking fluids. Regardless of what the drink it, it is absolutely necessary that you make sure you are drinking something. If you don’t you can dehydrate quickly and severe cramping can occur. The body’s regulatory systems will also shut down. Dehydration can be fatal and is a matter that has come under great surveillance due to the number of high school, college, and professional athletes that have had serious complications due to lack of hydration in recent years.
When exercising the body loses electrolytes. Gatorade is widely known for its ability to replenish those lost electrolytes, as well as providing a high number of calories to replace the energy that is lost through exercise. Scientists agree that sports drinks are great for athletic events, because athletes often need more nutrients and electrolytes replenished. However, scientists also agree that sports drinks should be drank along with water.
Water is recommended for everything in life. It is the most vital drink it in world, obviously, and does everything from regulating body temperature to carrying waste products out of the body. Scientists recommend that men drink at least thirteen total cups of fluids a day and that women consume at least nine cups of fluids a day. When a person exercises they lose water in the form of sweat, and since the body is made up of up to 70% water, it is important that we replenish all of the water lost.
The argument of Gatorade .vs. water can be summed up with two or three main points. Water is essential to life and should be taken no matter what every time a person exercises. Gatorade has essential nutrients and is very good at replenishing electrolytes, which can be vital after long periods of exercise. In my opinion, water is the winner, just because it does pretty much everything for our body. We could live without Gatorade, but human life can’t exit without water. However, I think that Gatorade should be taken along with water, especially when a person is exercising for an hour or longer. The longer you exercise, the more electrolytes you lose, so replenishing those with a mixture of water and Gatorade is the best way to go.