If you or anyone you love is among the hundreds of thousands who hydrate with sports or energy drinks like Gatorade, Red Bull, or 5-Hour Energy (and it’s a 1.5billion dollar industry), well, you may be in for more than an energy kick – with every single sip.
If getting in shape is part of your New Year’s resolution, congratulations. We applaud you. But if your exercise routine includes partaking in sports drinks for health, hydrating, or recharging, keep reading. There is a much better alternative (and it’s free)!
Sports drinks facts:
- Sports drinks destroy teeth and are worse for you than sodas and juices (yup, even the sugar-free versions). Research shows that sports and energy drinks erode or thin out the enamel (shiny surface) of the teeth leaving them vulnerable to irreversible decay and sensitivity. In fact, regularly drinking these beverages, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, is akin to “bathing teeth with acid.” In keeping with this metaphor, damage can be perceived in as few as five days.
- Sports drinks are bad for your overall health. So bad, in fact, that a recent government study indicates that, in recent years, the number of ER visits from sports and energy drinks has nearly doubled. Severe medical and behavioral consequences can include insomnia, migraines, seizures, and heart problems.
- Sports drinks messaging can lead to dangerous over-hydration. Rather than using thirst as their guide, people partaking in sports are told to drink excessively and preventatively which, in excess, is even more dangerous than dehydration.
- Sports drinks are expensive, high in calories (even sugar-free ones can have 50-60 calories a serving x three servings in a bottle) and wreak havoc on the environment (bottles, caps, etc.).
So what’s an exerciser to do? Might we suggest (drum roll) tap water!
Tap water is the best way to get and stay fully hydrated. The fluoride is good for your teeth, the water is good for your health, the price is good for your wallet, and a re-usable bottle is good for the environment. Not a fan of the taste? Try lemon or other natural flavors like strawberries, oranges, or mint for a delicious, simple, and refreshing change.
So, we suggest passing on the energy drink, opt for the water, educate your family, and, of course, maintain great dental hygiene with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
Here’s to your health!
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