Fluids and Exercise Post 2

What About Sports Drinks?
Plain water is fine for exercise lasting less than an hour. Fruit juice can be diluted twofold and makes a tasty drink for hydration. Too high a concentration of fructose, or fruit sugar, may cause diarrhea. For exercise that lasts 60 minutes, or on very hot days, sports drinks provide a performance edge that water cannot — because of their carbohydrate and electrolyte content. They are designed for use during exercise, not as a beverage with your meal. Many athletes benefit from drinking a sports drink during the last 15 minutes of exercise.

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