Gatorade has been the drink of choice for high school and professional athletes since 1965 when a team of doctors created the drink to increase energy in college athletes in Florida. Nevertheless, there are hidden ingredients that may have a very dangerous effect on an individual’s health if not consumed properly. The high content of sodium will have an adverse effect such as an elevated blood pressure that may result in hypertension. Caution is necessary to avoid potential health risks.
Athletes who are in training or playing the sport have the potential of excreting sweat and the loss of certain minerals that as needed for the daily intake can lead to major deficiencies. Sweating profusely during sporting activities, such as liter or more increases the loss of at least 21 minerals, carbohydrates, and electrolytes. The importance of supplementing these minerals, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, just to name a few, will decrease the athlete’s ability to perform. In addition, many athletes in the past have been prone to heat-related illness because of the losses due to sweat. However, for the athletes who are working out daily and engaging in sport activities, Gatorade should be the drink of choice.
As for daily consumption for inactive individuals, beware. The high sodium and fructose corn syrup may affect you over a period. Gatorade is a supplemental drink only beneficial and specifically developed for athletes. Therefore, team moms as long as your high school athletes are running hard and long during games or workouts, load up on the Gatorade. However, everyone who drinks it for taste or pleasure, make another beverage selection.