I thought this excerpt from the CSIRO well being diet weekly tutorial was relevant to skin. It tries to aswer the question do sports drinks really help hydrate you? …to cut to the chase we are all exhorted to drink lots of fluid to keep our skin hydrated. Sports drinks, vitamin waters and coconut waters in non elite athletes could actually be doing our skins harm in that the excess sugars in these drinks glycate the collagen, which reduces the longevity of the collagen and makes the collagen brittle and our skin appear sallow…
When we sweat, we lose water and electrolytes which include the minerals sodium and potassium.
Plain water does not contain electrolytes, however, the notion that sports drinks are the cream of the crop in restoring electrolytes has not been proven. While they may be suitable for elite athletes, they do not benefit moderate exercisers.
A 1991 study by the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine suggested sports drinks offer little to no benefits provided people have well-balanced diets and exercise regimes.
Sports drinks and vitamin waters are loaded with sugar, artificial colourings and flavourings – some contain 10 teaspoons of sugar.
Coconut water has also become popular as a natural electrolyte replenisher. While it is superior to sports drinks and vitamin waters, plain water is still the best for everyday exercisers.Share on: