When sweetener ranks second (after water) on the ingredient list, you know your sports drink may be doing your body more harm than good.
Sure, during a hard workout you’re thirsty and in need of a pick-me-up, but don’t fall for inspiring slogans and appealing colours. Instead, rehydrate and support recovery with natural ingredients that also boost your nutrient intake. Swap out your sports drink for one of these healthier alternatives:
Sounds obvious, but you can’t get more natural than a cold glass of water. Unless you’re sweating excessively for an extended period, sipping on plain water is often enough to stay well hydrated.
If you’re hankering for a little more than water, this clean label alternative to a sports drink contains 600 mg potassium, 252 mg sodium and 60 mg magnesium per cup . Its gentle concentration of electrolytes is similar to that found in your blood.
DIY Sports Drink
When you’re exercising for more than one hour, experts recommend that you consume both sodium and water to replenish what you lose through sweat . Making your own sports drink is an easy and refreshing way to stay hydrated and rev-up your energy levels throughout your endurance sessions.
Mix the following ingredients in a pitcher until well dissolved and refrigerate until you’re ready to workout:
- 1000 ml warm liquid (water, green tea, or coconut water)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3 tbsp. honey or agave syrup
- 2 tbsp. fresh lemon, lime, or orange juice
If exercising in hot weather saps your energy, swap your sports drink for an ice slurry. It will help to cool your core while quenching your thirst.
Protein plays a serious role in recovery. It helps build and repair damaged muscle tissue while supporting your immune system. With 10 g of protein per scoop, *PGX® Satisfast™ Whey Protein Drink Mix provides an effective way to fill your post-workout protein needs.
Chocolate milk is also a practical (and delicious) swap for commercial recovery drinks. Its ratio of protein to carbohydrates is ideal for refueling and repairing your muscles.
*Drink additional water (8 Fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX®. If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX®.
 USDA. “National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 27.” Agricultural Research Service. Web. 24 August 2015.
 ACSM. “Exercise and Fluid Replacement.” Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 39.2 (2007): 377-390. Web. 24 August 2015.