Friday, July 3, 2009

ISOTONIC DRINKS

At recent years isotonic drinks claims and promises to boost your physical performance and help your body recover from physical exertion.

When you exercise, many of the minerals contained in your body are either burnt or excreted through perspiration. The theory is that the isotonic drinks replenish the lost minerals as well as boosts your energy levels. The fact is that they really do to some degree. The glucose without doubt gives you energy and minerals and vitamins are always welcome for vitality.

Isotonic drinks are mostly preferred by endurance athletes, the fact is that they contain small amount of carbohydrates (less than 8%) and sodium, as we all know carbohydrates contents will provide some extra energy and will benefit for endurance activities, but remember the sodium is crucial.

When sodium is absorbed into the blood it takes water with it, this will assist to replace sodium lost through sweating while in physical exertion and will shrink the amount of water excreted from the body. Thus prevent dehydration.

Dehydration is one thing which will impair your performance, and the good news is that the Isotonic Drink can rehydrate yourself much better then plain water preventing dehydration and can perk up your performance whether you are taking part in endurance event or the freakish pumping iron sessions at the weight room.

Here is how you could make an Isotonic Drink yourself.

½ Teaspoon Salt
8 Tablespoon Sugar
½ Cup Boiling Water
½ Cup Orange Squash
7 ½ Cups Cold Water

Preparation: Mix sugar and salt in boiling water add orange squash to it, add the cold water and serve chilled.

Nutritional Info:

Serving size: 1 Cup
Calories: 50
Carbohydrates: 12.1g
Sodium: 112mg

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