Hydration 101: Sports Drinks Vs. Water
  • Blog
  • Mar 24, 2017
  • By IV LIFT

Find which fluid hydrates the best and when you should be using one versus the other.

What do you think is best for hydration, water or a sports drink? Surely, many athletes, runners, and everyday gym junkies would agree that sports drinks are the way to go to be hydrated, but is that true? It's an age-old question that we are all curious about: what's better, water or a sports drink? Here are a few interesting facts to help you answer that question.

Sports drinks are flavored drinks that are full of carbohydrates and electrolytes. While they are tasty and thirst quenching, especially during an intense training session, run, or work out, it is important to remember that they are also filled with lots of sugar. The average sports drink contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar which is equivalent to 150 unneeded calories.

Another thing to consider when making your choice for hydration, is fluid absorption. Basically, more carbohydrates means slower fluid absorption. On the other hand, water can have too high of a fluid absorption rate and pass through the body too quickly (which is usually why more water means more bathroom breaks). If your sole purpose for grabbing that drink is hydration, then water is the way to go. Before a workout or training session, it is recommended to either drink water or a sports drink that is diluted. But after a workout, your best choice might be a sports drink, especially ones that contain some sugars, electrolytes, and protein because it will help you in the recovery process.

So we aren't saying to cut out sports drinks from your workout routine completely, we just want to let you know when is the right time to drink it or toss it for a cool glass of water. Whether you are an athlete, a runner, or just the everyday person looking to quench your thirst and stay hydrated, it is important to know which drink is going to be the most beneficial to you!

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