The Anatomy of the Sports Drink


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Sports Drink or Body Wash LIVE!

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Can You Tell a Sports Drink From A Body Wash?

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Make Your Own Sports Drink! How to Make “Greaterade” Homemade Sports Drink Recipe

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The Anatomy of a Sports Drink Water (92–94%). This may seem intuitive, but good ol’ water is the key to rehydration! The goal is to drink enough fluid Carbohydrates (6–8%).

At high intensities and for long-duration exercise, carbohydrates (sugars) are the primary fuel Electrolytes (Less than. The anatomy of a sports drink By Joel Enoch • Guest Writer • 4th February 2016 During intense exercise, there are two major factors that will result in a reduction in performance: the depletion of the body’s limited carbohydrate stores; and dehydration. For a sports drink to effectively hydrate, it needs to have the same osmolality or a lesser one. If a drink’s osmolality is greater than our blood’s, then it will cause liquid to be pulled from the blood and into the intestine to equalize the two concentrations and (at least briefly) worsen hydration.

The basic sports drink formulation, however, is extremely simple: the essential elements of a sports drink are water, sugar and salt. The major factors that can be manipulated to alter the functional characteristics of sports drinks are the carbohydrate (sugar) concentration and the type of carbohydrate used, the electrolyte content, the osmolality and the flavouring components. Gatorade generally gets credit as the first sports drink, but there was actually a sports drink on the market in the U.K. decades before this iconic brand: Lucozade. A chemist named William Owen developed Lucozade in 1927, and the initial purpose of the glucose-and-water mixture was to provide an easy source of calories and energy for people.

Most sports beverages are well-diluted and contain relatively few calories. If the flavor of a sports drink helps you drink up and maintain hydration, by all means enjoy. If you’re worried about.

Ben-David Says: “This drink contains a tremendous amount of sugar, as the second and the fourth ingredients on the list. It also contains sugar alcohol, with acidity regulators, added colors and flavors. Overall, an ultra-processed drink. Don’t touch this drink and choose something else.” 7. Gatorade Original Thirst Quencher. Sports drinks are a big part of athletics and big business around the globe, but some debate whether they’re any more hydrating than water.

This article investigates whether you should drink. These drinks claim to make you more alert or boost your sports performance or both. But here’s the danger: Most energy drinks get their kick from stimulants, such as caffeine, guarana.

Sports drinks were made specifically to help high-level athletes re-hydrate during long workouts. Their formula was designed to replace water and minerals lost when sweating heavily. They generally contain electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, carbohydrates, and water.

List of related literature:

The major ingredients in sport drinks are water, carbohydrate (e.g., fructose, glucose, and/or sucrose), and electrolytes (e.g., sodium, potassium).

“Essentials of Exercise & Sport Nutrition: Science to Practice” by Richard B. Kreider PhD FACSM FISSN FNAK
from Essentials of Exercise & Sport Nutrition: Science to Practice
by Richard B. Kreider PhD FACSM FISSN FNAK
Lulu Publishing Services, 2019

An athlete using a sports drink should familiarize himself or herself with the contents of the beverage of his or her choice.

“Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine” by Lyle J. Micheli, M.D.
from Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine
by Lyle J. Micheli, M.D.
SAGE Publications, 2010

Sports drinks contain glucose and electrolytes that enhance the taste, help maintain blood glucose levels, and enhance absorption.

“Nutrition” by Paul M. Insel, R. Elaine Turner, Don Ross
from Nutrition
by Paul M. Insel, R. Elaine Turner, Don Ross
Jones and Bartlett, 2004

The rate at which an athlete’s beverage can leave the stomach and be absorbed will be studied when a sports beverage is being formulated.

“Nutrition and Dietetics' 2007 Ed.2007 Edition” by Mcwilliams, Margaret
from Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2007 Ed.2007 Edition
by Mcwilliams, Margaret
Rex Bookstore, Inc.,

Gatorade and other sports drinks contain excess carbohydrate (6% to 8%); they should be diluted with one or two parts water to one part drink for children, but older adolescents may tolerate the carbohydrate load.

“Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children Multimedia Enhanced Version” by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson, Donna L. Wong, Annette Baker, R.N., Patrick Barrera, Debbie Fraser Askin
from Wong’s Nursing Care of Infants and Children Multimedia Enhanced Version
by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson, et. al.
Mosby/Elsevier, 2013

A sports drink is intended to replace the fluid and electrolytes that are lost in sweat while also providing a quick hit of simple sugar to help fuel the working muscles.

“Feed Zone Portables: A Cookbook of On-the-Go Food for Athletes” by Biju K. Thomas, Allen Lim, PhD, Taylor Phinney, Tim Johnson
from Feed Zone Portables: A Cookbook of On-the-Go Food for Athletes
by Biju K. Thomas, Allen Lim, PhD, et. al.
VeloPress, 2013

Sports drinks are formulated to optimize the absorption of carbohydrate, fluid, and electrolyte.

“The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Race-Winning Fitness in 6 Hours a Week, 3rd Ed.” by Chris Carmichael, Jim Rutberg
from The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Race-Winning Fitness in 6 Hours a Week, 3rd Ed.
by Chris Carmichael, Jim Rutberg
VeloPress, 2017

Much research has gone into the development of sports drinks in an effort to come up with the ideal fluid for athletes to consume during their workouts.

“Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes, 3rd Ed.” by Monique Ryan, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
from Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes, 3rd Ed.
by Monique Ryan, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
VeloPress, 2012

If sports drinks are consumed before exercise, there is the possibility that the athlete will tire of the flavor of the sports drink before the end of the endurance training session, potentially lowering overall fluid intake and possibly affecting performance.

“Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition” by Heather Hedrick Fink, Lisa A. Burgoon, Alan E. Mikesky
from Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition
by Heather Hedrick Fink, Lisa A. Burgoon, Alan E. Mikesky
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006

Commercial sport drinks contain water, sugars, and electrolytes (usually sodium, chloride, and potassium).

“Athletic Training and Sports Medicine” by Robert C. Schenck, Ronnie P. Barnes, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Robert S. Behnke
from Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
by Robert C. Schenck, Ronnie P. Barnes, et. al.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1999

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  • I really wanted to watch this, but the way the “chef” speaks is so irritating! Who hits so many high notes in each and every word like that? Maybe I’ll try to get the video with captions…

  • I come back and watch this every now and then. Not only is it the best Food Wishes video, but probably the best cooking video on YouTube.

  • I’ve had all those drinks with the exception of Nuun. I play recreational hockey. As a goalie I lose quite a bit of water. I have 2 bottles on top of the net. 1 with Gatorade and 1 water and alternate drinking from those during breaks. After I sometimes drink Liquid IV to replenish. I do this since I almost blacked out after playing hockey while driving home. Checked into an emergency room and after tests I was diagnosed with dehydration.

  • But they’re so delish and refreshing!,although there was this disgusting one in the 90s with some kind of vegetable oil in it.
    I believe that one was called:ALL SPORT

  • Omg this was so good and so fun. Except I would have definitely drank soap 4 times (but only cuz they sounded like caprisun or Gatorade flavors)

  • If you’re an athlete or doing a strenuous job, you will need the carbs in the sports drinks. Not for the calories, but because glucose is important for the process of storing sodium to rehydrate you.

  • U guys reminded me of the muppets show…the two muppets on the balcony over the audience…cracking jokes about each other….lol

  • Parent: my kid had a good game, got him a sports drink with 8 spoons of sugar, he deserves it! Sugar is addictive more than cocaine. Focus goes out the window after sugar use. Watch Robert Lusting videos.

  • In the second vodka or water, it was obvious that the vodka wasn’t Polar ice because Vodka doesn’t freeze. That’s why people keep vodka in the freezer.

  • Ha, love you and your weird units… in metric land near on all are compared ‘per 100ml’ for liquid and 100g for solids/food, so you don’t need to have the same size containers to know what ratios are in them and per serve, Percentage Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700kJ.

  • I bought a bottle of Powerade before an early morning gym session. I was sitting on the exercise bike, I noticed the amount of sugar in it, shocked I checked the ingredients “Oh my god! this is all sugar. It’s just sugar.” That was the first and the last time I bought an energy sports drink.

  • 14:00 so to be honest im broke to own shoes for gym and now as i see that it’s much better without them i guess i’m going to continue to run without them.

  • Good stuff. How does alkaline level play a part? Congrats and pray that you both do well in the #ironman competition. ����. JK. ��

  • Your combination of nutrition wisdom, culinary creativity, delicious results & wit-filled humor is far-more valuable than offering it all to us mere YTers for free. Thank you so much for your kindness at doing so!

  • Body needs sugar which is like glucose which uses it into atp. Salt to keep water in to stay hydrated. And water. That’s why it’s preferred to only people that exercise that are like athletes

  • Fresh lemon juice, water, a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of honey. That’s my favourite drink when I come home from work in hot summer days.

  • I’m surprised that you guys didn’t do the different flavor packets. Some have sugar and some are sugar free. Gatorade has a zero sugar one as well.

  • May Allah(God) protect you from those wicked people and punish those who try to hurt or kill you for wanting to help your human brothers and sisters brotherman.Thank you for this recipe formula.

  • I remember working and my coworker would go on runs and she said something like “you actually need electrolytes like in Gatorade after excising. I didn’t say anything. But on that logic do you think the gladiators in Rome drank electrolytes after battles and training? No… Ur body doesn’t NEED Gatorade for anything.

  • Just need plain ol h2o and a balanced diet with fruits and veggies.. no need to reinvent the wheel or pretend we are smarter than Mother Nature.

  • Honestly this is the complete truth. I drank that while I was racing my mountain bike. I had to stop because I almost vomit. Basicly its Cancer in a bottle

  • You 2…omg/lol, have to be brothers, for you guys work perfect together; your characteristics complement each other…which makes the/your channel AWESOME. Thanks for the…always informative, videos.

  • 7 for 9! For the ones I lost, I found reasonings for both sides and the aqua one I had correct originally. They both could’ve gone either way, but great game! Keep up the great work guys, because this is the kind of humor and talent I subscribed for!

  • I feel like this was a contributing factor to the Tide Pod challenge. I mean it’s just as risky only they’re unwilling to put soap in their mouth.

  • I’ve been using the Nuun product for a while now and I find it to be great for hydration during long runs (8-20 miles). On short runs I tend to stick with water.

  • These power drinks different kinds are all owned by Coca-Cola Pepsi vitamin water is owned by Coca-Cola at people that are read the labels and open their eyes

  • 3:16 I agree with this woman 100% plus I have no patience for meal prepping, cooking, chewing chicken and waiting an hour to digest the meal a tasty 400 calorie protein bar is good enough for me now that I’m dieting and busy watching youtube videos.
    5:33 This was obviously filmed before Fit Crunch bars became so popular with only 6 grams of sugar, I’d be interested in an update.

  • God bless you guys everything I need to on one channel! I have been having horrible muscle cramps lately and i sweat a lot and Gatorade, Powerade, pickles, nothing seemed to help. I even had blood work done to see what it showed. I am now taking otc potassium and magnesium but was curious on sports drinks benefits for quick pick up. Where can you buy Nuun? I may have missed that! So thanks guys so much!

  • For thoses of you saying water isn’t going to cut it and you need salt and electrolytes, sodium has electrolytes it in, it’s not hard to find sodium in healthy options. Heck put sea salt in your water if you want

  • The real challenge is guessing the brands that all of them are from. For example Glacier Freeze is Gatorade and Game Day is Old Spice.

  • Just got Liquid IV from my local grocery store…, does it make a difference over Gatorade (I bought it because it was cheap, ok).

  • Water is healthier than gatorade for sure, but if you forgot to eat breakfast than gatorade is good because it has sugars, carbs, calories, sodium, and pottasium. So it does have ingredients that can help you hydrate and fuel your body if you need a quick boost. Gatorade is defienetly more healthy than monsters, red bulls, and rockstars.

  • This is Billy.This a multi million dollar hype campaign.High sodium taurine whey protein sucralose glycol none of these required for healthy diet.My opinion.Sugar levels too high as well.

  • You are Great, guys! Please, do an investigation of insoles, shoe inserts for flat feet and toe problem like hallux valgus. It will be very helpful for so many people.

  • you doing it all wrong.. give your kids those drinks only before a game, not in between or after.. you want those sugar infueld monsters run in the field not in your house:D

  • That bodyarmor drink has lots of calories with less sugar. Does it mean it has a “better” form of sugar than glucose? Like sucrose that’s more quickly absorbed?

  • Problem is,kids are drinking some of these drinks as daily bevridge of choice. They have cavities,lots of cavities! Most people don’t do the heavy excersize that requires anything but water. Heat, serious exercise is one thing but some walking etc water is fine. As a Dental Hygienist I have seen the costly damage done by these drinks.

  • Just ask the young Sudanese girl walking miles and miles in the hot dessert under the blazing sun to collect clean water, everyday!
    She doesn’t need any sports drink

  • I’m just a weekend warrior here, my outings can go for 2-5 hours, moderate to high intensity (hiking and biking, mostly), and I sweat a lot. Water and plenty of it does the trick for me. Those electrolyte drinks are just a marketing gimmick. The amount of electrolytes, salt, potassium, etc., lost in sweat is so minimal that the average person can replace it by eating a meal. And the average person gets more than enough salt and sugar in their typical diet every day, so there’s no need to supplement with these expensive so-called sports drinks. if you like them, fine, enjoy, but most of us aren’t getting the benefit they’re being touted for. We’re not going to suddenly turn into ripped elite athletes as shown in the commercials.

  • I did a 7 hour cycle today with regular breaks. My body actually craved fruits more than energy bars. And I only drank 2.5 L of mineral water. Next time I’ll stock up on fruits, especially oranges cos my body loves those more than muesli

  • To be fair Gatorade and powerade only cost $.80 to a $1.00 at the supermarket. It might still be a little more expensive then this recipe, but the money your saving might not be worth the time making it. I’m not a 100% sure but, I’m going to try it and see.

  • You DO need a little bit of sugar to help with absorption—at least that’s what the Liquid IV people argue. Of course, not nearly as much as the amount included in traditional commercialized “sports drinks”…

  • My brother: drinking gatorade

    Me: what flavour is that?

    My brother: checks label “Frost Iceberg”

    Me: what? What the fuck does that even mean?

  • Wait! The bottled water contains micro-silica fibres and BP-A and God knows what else. Don’t drink anything from a plastic bottle.

  • Fuel(natural) is very important as you workout. Just remember that we all have different needs.
    Footwear is important for what workout you plan to do if you do, not have the right floor padding needed. Jumping support, I need it.

  • … come on where do you find some of these people… I did not know there was that much sugar in Gatorade… you can taste the sugar in it… but my fav is red Gatorade…

  • Would love to see a video about the things we all do around the house (vacuuming, doing/carrying laundry, reaching, TV/screen viewing, lifting, weeding/gardening, mopping, scrubbing the tub/shower, carrying groceries, etc.) and ways to be mindful of back health while doing the stuff we all have to do!! A “better ways to do things” type video series. ��

    Also, my main issue is low back/S.I. Joint/issues with sacrum/coccyx (40 year old injury), but it gets difficult to work these areas if/when I also have rib subluxation and associated muscle spasms! Can you explain ways to support/work one area that is in pain when another area is hindering progress and mobility?

    Finally, ways to do treatments if you live alone. Examples: How to get your TENS unit pads on your back! Ways to move things/carry things when you are living alone? (Deep cleaning of the house comes to mind — moving the sofa to vacuum under it, etc.)

    I know that overall fitness will help all these things in the long-run, but in the short-term, I tend to have setbacks to getting more fit by reinjuring myself with day-to-day stuff. Help!! ����

  • for working out they say its glycogen levels that need to be replenished. I found after working out and having a mix of bananas, apples, blueberries, to replace it, i did feel better after a workout. Maybe a run needs the sodium tho. idk.

  • Not all people who exercise are trying to lose weight…some athletes and sportsmen actually need all the sugar and calories they can get.

  • Salt with sugar counteracts each other. To get enough sodium you must add the right amount of sugar so it is palatable. Similar to Sweet and Sour Chicken at the Chinese buffet.

  • “and possibly even neutralize me..” HAHAHA yo, sometimes I dunno if I watch your videos because I’m curious about the recipes, or curious about the kind of jokes these foods would inspire you to make. XD

  • on siobans (or however its spelt, ive never known) there are bodywash and drink counter parts to the mountain blast and Arctic ice

  • CBC, thank you for introducing such an informative rubric. Some of these episodes completely changed my mind about commercial products.

  • B&B, thank you for your informative videos. Question: how much sodium do we need when we exercise? For example I jog for about 30 minutes. Do I really need to add more sodium besides what I take from food? What is the length or intensity of exercise from which you need to replenish electrolytes?

  • At face value, a layman reader may not actually understand what, say, hydrogenated palm oil or monodicalcium phosphate is as per reflected on the ingredients list of food products.

    It seems that many of consumers really do not care about the specific contents of what they put into their bodies. Probably (even most likely), these consumers believe everything that they see & hear from the ads.

    Take the case of Milo. I saw an ad of it being promoted as a “nutritional energy” drink. But come to think of it is it really a nutritional energy drink as the manufacturer claims it to be? Or nobody asks such a question anymore.

  • And then just put some cayenne pepper in the gatoraid and you are done.

    Audience: laughs

    Chef John suddenly behind you: “Did I stutter?”

  • Before embracing the sugar free sports drinks, research the dangers and benefits of suralose and aspartame vs sugar. Then decide if they are better for you. Read the literature from reputable sources then make what you believe to be the best decision for you. Don’t rely on hearsay or comments that don’t site a source; do the research and decide.

  • Me: sees sports drinks/energy bars in store

    Also me: i kinda want that

    Me again: nah, i already deal with my ADHD, i don’t need more energy

  • i feel like the drinks make you feel boosted which gives you that positive urge to do better in what your doing after you finished drinking it

  • Pro Keds sneakers, in the sixties, said they help you run faster and jump higher. My younger brother went to a Black Muslim store that said the same claim for his sneakers but my brother was unconvinced.

  • The only thing they forgot to mention, is that if someone consumes too much water, that too can be unhealthy depleting the body’s electrolytes…. at least that is what I have heard from some trainers & doctors. I think marketplace should test that theory too.

  • Everyone has their own opinion on sports drinks and protein bars.if it helps you the best then continue with it. There will be people (CBC) that tell you that these are bad for you

  • I used drink Body Armor for work purposes during the summer until, I cramped up. Never again I bought it to keep me hydrated. Stuck to Gatorade and Powerade to keep me hydrated and hasn’t failed yet. I will now try water IV, since, it’s the better choice over the rest

  • you guys only mentioned that we need the sodium, but you never touched on what or how it helps us. Theres sodium salt in our foods. Why isnt that enough? @Bob & Brad

  • I have to agree with this report in many aspects. And this is from my own personal experience. I had to quit drinking any type of sodas in May of this year. So not being a big fan of water LOL I turn to Gatorade. And from me too now I have seen my weight skyrocket. So I’ve had to cut out the Gatorade’s or more likely just cut them down. Down to 132 ounce per day. Where I was drinking three or four. But it will pack the pounds on you. I am a testament to that.

  • Body amor had a lite version and its amazing. Low on sugars. It has a low count on sodium and a very high focus on potassium, which supposedly Na is actually THE mineral for rehydration.

    Tomatoe V8 or pickle juice if you want high Na content. I think the v8 had about 900+ mg Na.

  • I have done many long distance events and have done well over the years. I will sometime go through 4-5 liters a day, and the electrolytes are critical. I have had climbing partners crash and burn in the middle of the climb because of improper hydration. I will usually have a couple of eggs each day and I am thinking that the salt is also helpful, since I will sweat a bunch on the hot days. I assume the direct salt just as good, but I didn’t hear any comments on that. Thanks, Randy

  • The original formula of the sports drink was based on sweat (perspiration, moisture). Its name (beginning with a G) after a university mascot.

  • So the most you’ll want to drink of Gatorade after an hour is around a shot. Maybe half a shot. Then just drink water, lots of it. As for protein, even stuff like jerky will do for replenishment of sodium.