All Sport: the hydration tool for “Every Body”

By Brian C. Leutholtz, Ph.D., FACSM.

Brian C. Leutholtz, Ph.D.

Brian C. Leutholtz, Ph.D., FACSM

is a professor and clinical coordinator of the graduate program in Exercise Physiology at Baylor University in Waco Texas.

Are all sports drinks equal?

Certainly not! What are the essential elements that a good sports drink must have? Sports drinks should be no more than 6 to 8% carbohydrate, or approximately 30 to 80 g, of carbohydrate. They should contain electrolytes including sodium, potassium, and vitamins. All Sport hydration drinks meet all these requirements and more.

Carbohydrate Delivery and Maintenance

The greatest rates of carbohydrate delivery and maintenance are achieved with sugars like glucose, sucrose, fructose and maltodextrine. Including a sports drink in your workout becomes even more essential if exercise duration is longer than 60 minutes at a moderate intensity. One reason for this is to maintain blood sugar levels to diminish muscle protein breakdown during exercise. Under extreme conditions hyper hydrating with a sports drink prior to exercise and during exercise can lessen the likelihood for Exertional Heat Stroke (EHS). Significant elevations in body core and skin temperatures greater than 105° F or 40°C can be deadly if left untreated and worsen. If an individual is not acclimated to the heat, their chance of EHS increases. Acclimating to the heat for 10 to 14 days enhances an individual’s ability to achieve higher and more sustained sweating rates, therefore, maintaining lower core body temperatures.

Any person who is working hard or just being outside in hot weather may be at an increased need for additional fluids."Any person who is working hard or just being outside in hot weather may be at an increased need for additional fluids." - Brian C. Leutholtz, Ph.D., FACSM

Proper Hydration

Maintaining proper hydration levels before and during exercise is also extremely important to prevent excessive dehydration. Body weight losses of just 2% or more from dehydration have been reported to compromise performance! Any person who is working hard or just being outside in hot weather may be at an increased need for additional fluids.In fact, the average person who isn’t exercising or ‘working hard’ needs 2-3 Quarts of fluids per day, just to maintain normal hydration levels. In cool environments, and while resting, you lose fluids that you may not be aware of, which can account for about 30% of your daily fluid losses (Insensible Perspiration). Individuals looking to achieve a fast and complete hydration status from dehydration should consume 1.5 L of fluid for each kilogram of body weight lost. Severe dehydration, greater than 7% of body weight loss, may require intravenous fluid replacement. A variety of factors can influence dehydration, namely duration and intensity of exercise and the environmental conditions. Wearing breathable clothing is also important. Besides losing body water, sweat contains electrolytes which are lost through excessive sweating, if not appropriately replaced, can cause an imbalance in electrolytes and possibly lead to muscle cramping.

All Sport: Advanced Hydration

All Sport’s advanced hydration formulas, including All Sport Zero are capable of meeting the needs of “Every Body”. For individuals watching their caloric intake, great tasting All Sport Zero is a great way to hydrate while adding vitamins and minerals.

All Sport has a new look, advanced formula and improved flavors. For example, compared to other sports drinks, All Sport is low in sodium, contains twice the potassium (which is important in the prevention of muscle cramps), contains 100% of the Daily Value (DV) of B and C vitamins. The Electrolytes found in All Sport and All Sport Zero are important because B vitamins function as coenzymes for the aerobic and anaerobic production of energy from carbohydrates, they also help to synthesize or burn fats. Antioxidant vitamins such as Vitamin C are considered beneficial in preventing fatigue and muscle damage during training. Vitamin C also plays a role in reducing the duration and severity of colds or upper respiratory tract infections, which are common complaints in active people. I give All Sport an A+ in every category, as it meets the needs for active, hard-working people, from the professional athlete to the weekend warrior.

All Sport has twice over twice the potassium and less than half the sodium as the leading sports drink

For more information and informative reading, I recommend checking out: http://www.exerciseandsportnutrition.com