Sports Drinks: A Good Or Bad Idea

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Scott: How about sports drinks? Talk about those a little bit. There's so
many on the market. You know, there's a popular brand that has one for a
pre-workout, during workout, after workout. They specialized them that
much. Are those beneficial as a whole?

Ivan Rusiko, DO, CSN, PT: I would say yeah. Again this directed more
towards the religious athletes; people who are really out there looking to
place sports for a reason.

Scott: Mm-hmm.

Ivan Rusiko, DO, CSN, PT: Whether it's, you know, ego, and/or financials.
But, no, the whole pre-, during and post is just basically a different
combination of what you lose or need beforehand.

Scott: Mm-hmm.

Ivan Rusiko, DO, CSN, PT: So beforehand you need the energy, you need the
ability to create quick energy and sustained energy. During, you need the
ability to replace everything you've lost such as your electrolytes and
everything you might sweat out or anything like that. And post is basically
more of a recovery, so everything you've burnt down, you've broken down
such as your muscles and proteins, you want to replace all that.

Scott: Mm-hmm.

Ivan Rusiko, DO, CSN, PT: So, you know, the whole concept of having the pre-
, post and during, is fantastic. I think it's a great idea. Just make sure
it's the correct things you're getting in each and avoid excessive sugars
and that kind of stuff.
The sports drink market has grown tremendously over the years. Are they good for you and worth the money? Nutritionist Dr. Ivan Rusilko gives his opinion on the drinks and has advice on what to look out for.

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