Are You Drinking Enough? Recommend 9 cups for women and 13 cups for men as a starting point SKIN FLUIDS LUNGS FOOD URINE METAB. FECES
Loss of 1%-2% of body weight in fluid Thirst signal Loss of 2% or more of body weight causes muscle weakness Lose significant strength and endurance Loss of 10%-12% Heat intolerance Loss of 20% Coma and death
General guidelines: Drink 3 C of fluids per each pound of weight loss during activity Check urine color Drink fluid freely 24 hours before event Drink 1 ½ -2 ½ C two-three hours before event Consume ½ - 1 ½ C every 15 minutes for events lasting longer than 30 min. Lose no more than 2% of body weight
TOO MUCH WATER Overburden the kidneys Low blood electrolyte concentrations Blurred vision
SPORTS DRINKS Recommended for activity > 60 minutes Help maintain blood glucose level and blood volume Delay “bonking” Supply electrolytes <60 minutes Nutrients are easily replaced by diet
Sports Drinks – What’s in them? Carbohydrate Sodium Potassium Other Vitamins and Minerals
SPORTS DRINK WITH PROTEIN “Protein added to a sports drink improves fluid retention.” 2.5 % Body Weight loss During a 3-hr recovery “Failure of protein to improve time trial performance when added to a sports drink.” Cycling time trial Adequate amounts of fluid No additional benefits
Bottom Line: Sometimes helpful (but not as often as most people think) The “lay public” is sold on the simple concept that sweat should be replaced with a beverage similar in composition to sweat. They disassociate the act of eating from electrolyte replacement
SPORTS DRINKS Its not just Gatorade TM anymore…
Sports Drinks with Stimulant Caffeine Guarana Green tea Ephedrine Acts as stimulant to raise metabolism, but more often used, less of an effect.
Other Ingredients Herbal supplements Not enough evidence May interact with medications B vitamins Release energy from food Taurine: Amino Acid Plays a role in muscle contraction?
Caffeine Amts in different drinks Red Bull: 80 mg/8 oz Coffee: ~125 mg/8 oz Chocolate bar: 30 mg (theobromine) Tea: 40 mg/8 oz Caffeine WILL help performance in most cases NCAA and IOC have banned caffeine at certain levels
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