View Full Version : do sports drinks actually work? Why/why not?

josh wendt
September 9th, 2016, 07:44 PM
I need to write an essay on the effectiveness of sports drinks. What are some reasons why sports drinks could be innefective?

September 10th, 2016, 09:13 AM
The sugar in sports drinks provides glucose which needs to be replaced as your body uses it up during respiration. This helps you exercise and have more energy for longer.Water is lost and ions are also lost such as sodium. Drinking water only rehydrates you so cannot replace the ions. Sports drinks are good as they help keep the water levels balanced and ions levels balanced as otherwise cells may become damaged. However sports drinks can contain chemicals which lead to problems such as dental problems.

September 10th, 2016, 09:19 AM
How old are you buddy? What kind of level should the essay be at?

September 10th, 2016, 10:01 AM
Sports drinks also contain electrolytes (aka salts, they can conduct electrical impulses) that replenish the salts you lose in your sweat when you're playing sports. Electrolytes are important because they help conduct electrical impulses faster in your body, so replenishing them will allow your body to continue working as fast as it has been. Moderating your salt levels is important as well, because if you lose too much without replenishing, you can become hyponatremic/hypokalemic/hypochloremic which can result in a trip to the hospital if it gets too bad.

September 10th, 2016, 08:53 PM
because they have electrolytes


September 14th, 2016, 03:02 AM
It's depends what you mean by work, and which sports drinks you're talking about! Some have electrolytes and other energising stuff, while others just have glucose which usually doesn't work to well