Get off the Sports “Drinks”

Well, I may not be too popular here with my latest advice — but please, get off the sugary sport drinks. They’re full of stuff your body does not need.

I know some surfers who drink the stuff all day long. (Bobby — are you listening?!)

Just for fun, I tracked down the ingredient label for a really popular brand. Read it and weep:

A 20-ounce bottle (the smaller size) of this popular sports drink contains:

calories: 125

sodium: 275 mg (hint: you only need 1500mg the entire day)

potassium: 75 mg

total carbs: 35 mg

sugars: 35 g (arggh! Listen to my radio show about the dangers of sugar!!)

protein: 0g

Ingredients: water, sucrose, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natrual flavors, salt, mono-potassium phosphates, ester gum, yellow 5, bominater vegetable oils, yellow 6, red 40, blue 1, caramel 1.

How’s that for artificial ingredients?

The second and third ingredients are highly-refined forms of sugar, which actually accelerate aging, bone loss and muscle damage. Processed sugar also depletes your energy, due to the surge of insulin and resultng crash.

Yellow, red and blue dyes? Ester gum? Brominated vegetable oils? Not so appealing after all.

Instead, get some pure apple juice or other fruit juice and dilute it 50-50 with water. MUCH better for you !!!

Or, here’s a quick recipe for you to make your own version of a nutritious thirst-quencher:

one quart of water

one tablespoon of green powder (dried, powdered fruits, vegetables, herbs and grasses — try Trader Joe’s Daily Greens)

one tablespoon of Vitamin C powder from acerola cherries (not crystallized Vitamin C)

one tablespoon of maple syrup

Shake it all up and drink it all day long. Better for you, and better for your wallet, too!


Filed under nutrition, surfing, wellness

3 responses to “Get off the Sports “Drinks”

  1. You nailed it. Even the number I believe are double for I think that was a container of 1.5 to 2 servings. Gets them every time.

  2. yogaforsurfers

    Hey thanks, David. Glad to know there are others out there with the same view!!

  3. Carl Overmyer

    Green tea and a little honey or even some of the green tea drinks that are retailed are MUCH better for you than the sport drinks. Plus you get the side benifits of the green tea and it’s anti-oxident properties. There are all kinds of home-made addatives you can mix in for flavor and benefits too. Slice up some ginger root and add it to the jug when sunbrewing the green tea to spice it up. Or add a little orange or lime to it, with the orange added you won’t need as much sweetener either. All good for the body and soul.
    Sun brew it the day before and you can ppour it into Nalgen bottles and you’re good to go. Get into a more healty routine and feel better too. Besides it really tastes pretty good too and you save all those calories for something really good, like a Newcastle at the end of the day!


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