Hydrate and replenish your body’s electrolytes with flavored energy drinks (or isotonic drinks). Isotonic energy drinks like Gatorade contain similar concentrations of salt and sugar (glucose) as in the human body. Rehydrating with these sports drinks after long periods of physical exertion — running, swimming, or exercising at the gym — ensures peak athletic performance and recovery.
Available in a variety of flavors and package sizes, sports drinks are caffeine-free and a good alternative to bottled water when your activity lasts an hour or more. Sports drinks provide carbohydrates for energy plus minerals to replace electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium) in your sweat, lost during activity or illness (like colds or flu). Unlike coffee and tea, soft drinks, or candy and snacks, sports drinks are designed to rapidly replace fluids, prevent cramps, and increase blood sugar.