11. Sports Drinks
Energy drinks are becoming the beverage of choice for many young people, and as their popularity rises, so do the sales numbers. Although soft drinks like soda and pop still sell most of all cold drinks, energy drinks continue to rise annually in this very lucrative market. Much of the gain in popularity of energy drinks has to do with aggressive marketing campaigns directed primarily at young people.
If you are particularly active throughout the week or on weekends, it’s often very tempting to replenish your energy and hydration with a sports drink. However, bear in mind that many sports drinks are high in sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Energy drinks are high in both caffeine and carbohydrates, which may do the trick after your run, but research has shown that energy drinks not only spike your blood sugar but may also cause insulin resistance. This can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Excessive caffeine can create nervousness, increase your blood pressure, and lead to insomnia. All these can affect your general health and wellbeing. In most situations, water is the best hydrator for sports activities. If you’re sweating heavily or are concerned about electrolyte loss, adding a small amount of coconut water to your water or eating fruit like a banana or orange will help. Quench your thirst further with plain or sparkling water flavoured with fresh lemon or lime.