Sports Drinks

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-04-03 08:33:20 -0500
Started 2014-03-28 10:15:50 -0500

Summer is coming…really it is. I promise. LOL

The quandry we often face is keeping hydrated during work or play in the summer heat. Sports drinks offer a lot, and often a lot of carbs. So be careful.
Here is a short article on what to watch out for when you choose sports drinks.

I don't use them, and drink coconut water. Per serving I am getting only 10 grams of carbohydrate and that is a lot less. What do you do to keep hydrated in the summer months?

74 replies

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2014-04-01 10:51:36 -0500 Report

Gabby, just so you know, water has zero carbs, so you can save those 10 out of the 45 daily grams per day and eat something you like. Of course if you are drinking the suggested 8 servings a day, you are only getting 80 carbs per day or just a little more than 2 days worth. Now if you drink 8 beers a day, you won't care about the carbs,
Okay, more serious and off the topic, as usual. I have heard that some beers are more diabetic friendly than others. Apparently different beers are made from different hops. If I liked beer, I would volunteer to try them, but I only do about 6 beers a year.

GabbyPA 2014-04-01 11:00:02 -0500 Report

I only drink one coconut water serving a day if I drink it. I usually have one when I'm working in the garden. I get hot and sweaty out there and a good cold slug tastes good.

wasted.wonder 2014-03-31 14:03:04 -0500 Report

buttermilk, diet sodas, lemonade, etc etc…etc
but my favorite is human blood (i am a part time dracula)

CJ55 2014-03-30 00:55:55 -0500 Report

For me it is Water, Water, water and an occasional Hot Green Spice Tea nothing in it..

theladyiscrazy 2014-03-29 16:58:17 -0500 Report

I do water but I have found something called "True Lemon", "True Lime", and "True Orange" that have only 5 to 10 calories and 1 carb in them. You add them to your water like Crystal Lights, however they do not have artificial sweeteners. They use Stevia!!!!!!!

jayabee52 2014-03-29 03:52:36 -0500 Report

I have to drink water (I have a Brita filtered bottle) due to needing dialysis. I'm not supposed to drink fluids with electrolytes in them.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-29 00:01:03 -0500 Report

Water, water, and more water. Sometimes with lemon, sometimes tea, especially green tea. Sassafras tea in the spring, and once in a while I'll treat myself to a Zevia.

Tony5657 2014-03-29 03:58:46 -0500 Report

Sassafras tea, thanks! I had forgotten about that. Sorry, I don't know who Ziva is. LOL Must be a sweetener?

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-29 12:33:55 -0500 Report

Actulally I spelled it wrong, It's Zevia.
My Mom made sassafrass tea every summer,of course with sugar back in those days. The only diet drink I can remember was when Tab a coke product came out. The only reason I remember it was my Mom liked it, my Dad liked Mountain Dew, and RC Cola.

GabbyPA 2014-03-29 11:53:03 -0500 Report

Hey good to see you! Have missed you.

I like Ziva cream soda when I want something indulgent. Not a good thirst quencher for me at all though.

GabbyPA 2014-03-31 08:35:11 -0500 Report

My health food store carries it. But I have not tried the other flavors. Ginger Rootbeer sounds yummy.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-29 11:50:23 -0500 Report

LOL, Ziva is sorta like a soft drink in a can, except it is more like a fruit flavored drink made with stevia.

jayabee52 2014-03-29 04:14:58 -0500 Report

Ziva is a character on the NCIS TV show, Don'tchaknow. i Googled Ziva and found only a lot of words about NCIS

But I think I remember drinking an alcohlic drink with that or a similar name. When I drank alcohol, that is.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-29 12:42:20 -0500 Report

Yes I miss spelled it. It is Zevia. So sorry my memory is bad sometimes and I get things like simple spelling wrong. Thanks for correcting me, I appreciate it. There is a drink called Ziva energy that I have heard about but I have never tried it. Sorry for the mix up.

Tony5657 2014-03-29 04:29:58 -0500 Report

Hey James, you're up early OR late. I think you're an hour earlier than me, there in Nevada. I did the same research and only found references to Ziva to the TV show, NCIS, Maybe "Trivia?" Good to hear from you & hope you're doing well there in "Sin City." LOL

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-28 23:03:08 -0500 Report

I always drink water. I don't believe in all those sports drinks. You are better off eating a piece of fruit and drinking water. Coconut water is very good, but water is needed and has so many benefits.

Tony5657 2014-03-29 04:19:00 -0500 Report

You & I have the same "belief." NO sports drinks. I've never tried coconut water. I assume you were speaking of commercial coconut water. I'll check that out. Thanks for the suggestion. I really like the real "milk" from a fresh coconut - I'll get one & add a little water. The straight stuff is a bit sweet.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

GabbyPA 2014-03-29 11:57:08 -0500 Report

There are good coconut waters and some not as good. I like Vita Coco unsweetened and my favorite is Harvestbay All Natural Coconut Water. It has the most coconut flavor that I like.

dIDYMUS 2014-03-28 22:06:01 -0500 Report

Water with ice, and for a change of taste - green ice tea with lemon and never sugar.

Tony5657 2014-03-29 03:38:55 -0500 Report

Now that's one healthy drink. All 3 ingredients together or separately, maaavelous! :o) Thanks for the idea of combining them.
ol' Tony5657 (I just had my 70th birthday & am still drinking water. It was 90 here in New Braunfels, TX yesterday.)

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-30 23:14:42 -0500 Report

Sorry, I am late in wishing you a Happy Birthday. We have only been in the 80's here in FL.

Tony5657 2014-03-31 05:03:33 -0500 Report

Thanks Sly Kitty for the happy birthday wish. I had a good one. At my age, anything "happy" is most appreciated … LOL Tony5657 in TX

CJ55 2014-03-30 01:03:00 -0500 Report

Happy "late" Birthday Tony… Heading out to Sin City 4/6 . We will be stopping by to see James and taking him to lunch.. Hope you had a great Day.. Hugz!!!

Tony5657 2014-03-30 04:41:11 -0500 Report

Hi CJ,
Thanks, I had a great birthday with family & 2 friends. Early on my B.D. morning, wife told me that my BD present was out in the yard. Knowing her creativity, I stumbled outside and there it was, a miniature 5 ft. tall metal windmill that spins in the wind! I grew up with windmills and love them (except when there's no wind).
Hey, be sure and give James a big hug from ol' Tony! His postings have inspired me many times. Also if you are a gambler,while in Las Vegas, may the "dice" roll your way and the "cards" fall in your favor.
ol' Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

jayabee52 2014-03-29 03:53:49 -0500 Report

Happy belated Birthday Tony!

Tony5657 2014-03-29 04:34:15 -0500 Report

Thanks for the birthday greeting James. Sometimes I need a calculator to figure my age, but that's OK. :o)
I'd still like to hear from someone about "ziva."

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-29 14:34:32 -0500 Report

Sorry I missed your birthday, Happy Belated Birthday Tony, in Texas. I was raised in Texarkana. Which is in Texas and Arkansas. I do have family in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, that's all that I'm sure of.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-29 12:32:40 -0500 Report

Actually ( I'm sorry ) I spelled it wrong. It's Zevia. It comes in 15 different flavors with stevia all naturally sweetened. Some are even zero calories. My favorit is cherry cola & ginger rootbeer.

haoleboy 2014-03-31 19:11:44 -0500 Report

Checked out Zevia while shopping today. Whoa … way out of my league price wise. I had no idea it was that expensive.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-01 05:00:05 -0500 Report

I try to get some when the grocery store, or the health food store has them on sale.
But the price is why I only treat myself once in a while.

THEVAR 2014-03-28 20:54:00 -0500 Report

I drink only Ro processed borewell water around two litres in a day. If hydtrated more I take water with lemon extract no sugar added.

Tony5657 2014-03-28 19:48:35 -0500 Report

I keep a 16 oz mug of plain tap water with ice going all day.That's working for me. I cut that off around 7:00 pm to avoid jogging to the bathroom during the night. :o) I'm fortunate in that I don't like sweet drinks. Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-28 16:47:42 -0500 Report

Gabby, to be quite honest I have to agree with all those who just drink plain H2O. The post from "rcmodier" says it all. I've seen a couple of those articles on t.v. and I just refuse to spend good money on what is probably tap water from California. "Copperchef" said it best, "Their just a gimmick!" I use a Brita Filter like "haoleboy" keep it in the 'fridge and use it over ice. It's by far the best and zero anything. I did try coconut water once. Made me gag, it's not for me.

GabbyPA 2014-03-28 16:50:28 -0500 Report

Did you read the article? She gave a good outline of the carbs in each as well as calories and basically said if you do, be very careful.

Glucerna 2014-03-28 16:38:16 -0500 Report

Thanks for starting this conversation Gabby. There's a difference between staying hydrated during our normal daily activity and staying hydrated while participating in sports or purposeful exercise like running or cycling. For simple, basic hydration plain water is typically the best choice. When you're exercising, your body needs not only fluid, but also electrolytes. If you exercise longer than an hour, most people also need some form of carbohydrate. There's a lot of individual variation when it comes to people with diabetes, especially if you're taking oral diabetes meds or insulin. I really like Sheri Colberg's book "The Diabetic Athletes Handbook", and of course talk with your doctor to get her input about the best type of beverage for hydration depending on your individual situation. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Copperchef 2014-03-28 16:22:19 -0500 Report

For me, It is just good old H2O. All these sports drinks and specialty fluids are just another way to get you to spend your money. They are just gimmicks. Unless you are an athelete putting out 110%, you don't need the extra electrolytes. Your body is made up of water, last time I looked at mine there wasn't a tag that said lemon-lime or Pellegrino only, please replace with like kind.LOL.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-03-28 13:12:34 -0500 Report

I primarily drink water. My urologist recommended drinking 1½ liters of fluids a day. During summer I will drink additional fluids. I like the "cold brew" teas and infusions. I can add a slice of lemon or other citrus (which I grow on the terraza.) I stay away from "sports/energy" drinks as I believe they are over-priced.

OMG-T2 2014-03-28 12:04:11 -0500 Report

Gabby, I literally just tried coconut water for the very first time two days ago and I nearly threw up! I do NOT like the flavor of coconut water…unless I drink it from the "natural" container, LOL! I've heard that there are tremendous health benefits to be had from the consumption of coconut water, but it's definitely a no-go for me!

Aries2 2014-03-28 11:12:53 -0500 Report

Being a type one I stay away from sports drinks. I drink lots of water and Flavored Polar Water seltzer…zero everything.

GabbyPA 2014-03-28 11:52:30 -0500 Report

I just discovered Dasani in cans with carbonation and lemon or lime. No sweetener. I love it.

Aries2 2014-03-28 12:15:52 -0500 Report

Isn't Dasani just distilled water. I can't bring myself to drink that because of this distilling process and where that water originated so I will stick to my spring water. .


rcmodelr 2014-03-28 13:23:31 -0500 Report

How do you know where it originated? I've seen a couple shows with segments on Dasani water that said that where the water comes from varies by where you live. They have many bottling locations. Some use their own wells or springs, but the majority just use the local municipal water supply as the source.

Those shows summarized the bottled water industry in general saying no matter what brand of water you drink, even if bottle says something like "Natural Spring Water," the only way you can really know for sure the water didn't come from a municipal water supply or that it actually came from a real natural spring is if you went out and bottled it yourself. But more than 99% of the bottled water you can buy in a store is nothing more than water from some municipal water supply that was only filtered more to remove whatever treatments the municipality adds to their water, then adds some minerals back into the filtered water to make the water taste better.

Aries2 2014-03-28 13:53:44 -0500 Report

Well Poland Spring Water is very near to where I live and I know and trust their water is from a spring. I don't think the USDA would let anyone get away with saying their product is spring water when it is actually comes from the local sewer and is purified! Yuck!

Nick1962 2014-03-28 15:28:29 -0500 Report

Yes, labeled “spring” water must come from a spring according to the ADA, but not all bottled water is spring water, and many brands are simply municipal water.
To put your mind at ease though – wastewater (storm or sanitary) is not returned to the municipal water system. The cleaned and treated water (or more precisely “effluent”) is returned to the earth. There is new technology to treat effluent further to be consumable, but only Singapore has ever tried it with their NEWater.

rcmodelr 2014-03-28 14:31:41 -0500 Report

I don't think USDA would allow any company to sell water coming from the local sewer.
Municipal water supply does NOT mean sewer. The Municipal water supply is what comes out of your shower or taps when you run water to bathe, water the lawn, or wash your hands. It's the water supply companies like Brita expect customers to be using with their water filter systems or cartridges.

OMG-T2 2014-03-28 10:46:25 -0500 Report

I drink just about ANY sports drink that I can find on sale and zero calorie. But, I ONLY drink these kinds of drinks when I am cycling or - since I started doing so a couple of months ago, running. Personally, I don't like to drink while I am in motion, but will once I've stopped or am resting, whatever. Ultimately, I do have an appreciation for these drinks (I actually detest drinking plain water), as long as I use them judiciously and whilst exerting myself in an actual sport, or activity that benefits from their use.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-28 10:30:45 -0500 Report

I don't drink them…too much salt and carbs. I drink more water and add some lemon. They are made for people who are very active because they replace they keep your electrolytes balanced. My sister drinks it when she is gardening in the hot sun.

Gabby don't promise me summer…LOL So far this being Spring isn't true. It snowed here Tuesday didn't stick but it still snowed. Winter will not go away. Now if you can promise that and do something about it, I will be your BFF…lol

GabbyPA 2014-03-28 10:46:24 -0500 Report

I know we had 38 two mornings is a nutty winter. But I know I will be lamenting the cold when the heat and humidity and sapping all my strength.

JaredLahti 2014-03-28 10:28:14 -0500 Report

For me it depends. If I am working out for an hour or less I will use regular water or powerade zero. However I have found that on workouts of two to three hours or more I need those carbs to keep going so I use regular powerade but I cut it with water.