Nutrition advice on how to stay well hydrated during show season or before a strenous workout

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Comment by Elizabeth Levitt on April 14, 2008 at 7:14pm
Barbara, sports drinks are specially formulated to replenish lost electrolytes of sodium and potassium after a very vigorous workout. I imagine that unless you are perspiring for a very long time in the heat, you would be fine with your watered down mixture. For adults, this watered down mixture if fine; it is not recommended for children because it is important for them to develop a 'taste' for water which is plain and less sweet than juice and water.
Comment by Barbara F. on April 14, 2008 at 6:27pm
Superb advice as always! I sometimes drink watered down orange juice rather than sports drinks. How does that compare?
Comment by Gary Stuart on April 14, 2008 at 3:07pm
Thanks, Elizabeth! As per your last comment, I wasn't going to mention my favourite way of quenching my thirst: a pint of Guinness!
Comment by Elizabeth Levitt on April 14, 2008 at 1:51pm
Gary Stuart, milk is an excellent liquid; almost the most nutritious liquid around. It provides you with everything that you could need except iron, but it is especially thirst quenching and satisfying. As you will learn from video #4, it is important to rehydrate within 15-30 minutes after your workout and milk is an excellent choice.

As for your weight gain the morning after your evening of fluid excess, it is not improbable that you will put on a few pounds but I am sure that if you weighed yourself later in the morning, after you have had a chance to void that liquid, that your body would have returned to it's regular weight.

Don't be fooled, though, into thinking that liquids are calorie free; only water can make that claim, so drink responsibly.
Comment by Gary Stuart on April 14, 2008 at 12:45pm
Thanks, Elizabeth. That was a very helpful video.

What about milk? I sometimes am really in the mood for milk after exercise. Is there anything wrong with drinking a glass or two? I usually will drink (over 30 minutes or so following strenuous exercise) some water, juice and/or milk if I'm feeling really thirsty.

I also notice that if I drink a lot the night before, the next morning my weight can be up a few pounds. I take it that this is normal?

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