Sports drinks are beverages that are specially formulated to help people rehydrate during or after exercise. They are usually rich in carbohydrates – the most efficient source of energy. As well as carbs, which are important in maintaining exercise and sport performance, sports drinks usually contain sweeteners and preservatives. Sports drinks also contain electrolytes (minerals such as chloride, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium), which, along with body fluid, diminish as you exercise and sweat. Replacing the electrolytes lost during training promotes proper rehydration, which is important in delaying the onset of fatigue during exercise. Keeping rehyrdated is particularly important for people with diabetes who have an increased risk of dehydration due to high levels of blood glucose. Here’s a review of two types of famous sports drinks Pedialyte vs Gatorade that you can make the choice to complement your sport.
Pedialyte is a drink that marketed more as a health drink for kids, but many athletes drink it to replenish their bodies and keep themselves hydrated during periods endurance training or conditioning. Pedialyte is available for purchase at most pharmacies and grocery stores. Pedialyte is well known for being given to children exhibiting stomach flu symptoms to help with hydration. Why does this help? Sodium helps the body to retain water, and to stay hydrated for longer. After sodium consumption, your cells get thirsty, take in water and retain it. Water retention helps you to not feel as thirsty when participating in vigorous exercise. Pedialyte also helps the body to maintain its levels of potassium better than Gatorade. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and digestion, and getting enough in your diet, especially when undergoing rigorous exercise, is important. Pedialyte is also not as widely available as Gatorade, which can be purchased anywhere from gas stations and corner stores to fast food chains
Since the early 1970s, Gatorade has been the number one choice for the hydration of sports teams both amateur and professional. You probably see a television commercial for Gatorade at least once a week, and with good reasons. Gatorade actually is the most effective sports drink at hydrating, energizing and replenishing the body. Gatorade contains electrolytes and a healthy dose of carbohydrates to give you a boost of energy so you have more gas in the tank when running sprints, doing circuits or sending a cross downfield for the winning goal. Carbohydrates are the biggest part of what sets Gatorade apart from Pedialyte. Carbohydrates break down into glucose, which provides your body with energy. Without carbohydrates, your body uses the available fat, then protein and muscle tissue for energy. Gatorade is also more widely available, and more cost-effective than Pedialyte, which is usually only available at some pharmacies or grocery stores.
|- Drink for kids, but many athletes drink it to replenish their bodies and keep themselves hydrated during periods endurance training||- Gatorade has been the number one choice for the hydration of sports teams both amateur and professional|
|- Pedialyte is available for purchase at most pharmacies and grocery stores||- Gatorade contains electrolytes and a healthy dose of carbohydrates to give you a boost of energy|
|- Pedialyte also helps the body to maintain its levels of potassium better than Gatorade||- Gatorade is also more widely available, and more cost-effective than Pedialyte|
For the final thought, when you are looking for a blend of carbohydrates, sodium and electrolytes to supplement an athletic performance, Gatorade is mostly unbeatable. Also, in all of the studies conducted on the effects of hydration of Pedialyte vs. Gatorade, the participants preferred the taste of Gatorade.