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Anyone exhausted from working or playing hard, or who feels in need of a pick-me-up, can boost their energy with sugarcane juice. It provides food energy at a level approximately twice that found in ordinary soft drinks.

juice sportAnyone exhausted from working or playing hard, or who feels in need of a pick-me-up, can boost their energy with sugarcane juice. It provides food energy at a level approximately twice that found in ordinary soft drinks.

Sugarcane juice will be popular with sportsmen and women who are looking to top up their levels of muscle glycogen. Sugarcane juice is a more effective way of replacing this carbohydrate energy than refined sugar-based soft drinks, particularly for endurance training/events. The benefit of sugarcane juice is in providing positive well being and health benefits.

A small study has found that tart cherry juice reduced muscle pain caused by intense exercise as well as strength loss in days immediately after the exercise.

Sports drinks don’t hydrate better than water, but you are more likely to drink larger volumes, which leads to better hydration. The typical sweet-tart taste combination doesn’t quench thirst, so you will keep drinking a sports drink long after water has lost its appeal. An attractive array of colors and flavors are available. You can get a carbohydrate boost from sports drinks, in addition to electrolytes which may be lost from perspiration, but these drinks tend to offer lower calories than juice or soft drinks.

Drinking for sport

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If you get dehydrated it can stop you getting the most out of your activity, so it’s important to make sure you drink enough. To help keep you hydrated:

  • Don’t wait until you feel thirsty
  • Drink lots before you start exercising
  • Keep some drink to hand so you can reach it whenever you need it while you’re exercising
  • Drink plenty when you’ve finished

And remember that the fluid we have when we’re exercising should be on top of the usual 1.2 litres (6 to 8 glasses) we need every day to stop us getting dehydrated. If you’re exercising for longer than 1.5 hours, try to eat a high-energy snack such as a banana or some dried fruit before you start or during exercise (if this is practical).

If you can’t manage this, you might find it useful to have some diluted fruit juice or squash to help give you energy. It’s not usually necessary to drink sports drinks just because you’re active. Fruit juice mixed with water, well diluted fruit squashes, or juice drinks will hydrate you and give you some energy. But remember that these, like sports drinks, contain lots of sugar, which means they contain extra calories and can lead to tooth decay.

Warnings about juice for sportsmen

Fruit juice is in its own way a natural energy drink with sugars occurring naturally. However they are pretty concentrated in the natural juice and if you were going to drink the juice for sport activities you should probably dilute it.

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While sport and juice flavored drinks may sound healthier, they are non-carbonated versions of soda, often with water and high fructose corn syrup as the first 2 ingredients. Even 100% juice drinks are often made with concentrates of pear, apple, and grape and in the end are really water and sugar.

Juice may be nutritious, but it isn’t the best choice for hydration. The fructose, or fruit sugar, reduces the rate of water absorption so cells don’t get hydrated very quickly. Juice is a food in its own right and it’s uncommon for a person to drink sufficient quantities to keep hydrated. Juice has carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes, but it isn’t a great thirst quencher.

2 COMMENTS

  1. That is nifty. I've been engaging myself into a lot of sports lately as well as this lemonade fast. It makes me stay longer; unlike any diets I've tried this one doesn't take off the cravings but, effectively sheds a pound every day.

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