It isn't necessarily better. But unlike water,
it has carbohydrates and electrolytes. Carbs are
fuel for your body to burn, while electrolytes are
ions that allow your body to transmit electrical
signals and your cells to generally function
properly. As athletes sweat they lose
electrolytes and water while also burning
calories. Gatorade replenishes all three of
these. But keep in mind water is the most
important part. Eating a healthy meal some hours
prior to exercise, will ensure that your body is
in better balance. Sports drinks are really only
necessary when athletes are doing extended periods
of strenuous exercise.
When athletes sweat, they lose both water and
electrolytes - mainly salt. The body needs an
appropriate concentration of salt in its fluids.
Gatorade matches that concentration perfectly,
being about as salty as blood. As a result, for
someone who is losing both water and salt,
gatorade is an effective way to replenish both, as
well as provide other useful things for athletes
(sugar = fuel) as well.
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