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Should I drink sports drinks?

According to the advice in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Sports Nutrition manual, individuals exercising less than 45 minutes, don’t need to drink sports drinks in place of water during their workout. The average person does not need a sports drink to stay hydrated under normal circumstances. Drinking water and consuming a well-balanced diet can certainly meet your daily fluids and nutrients needs. Electrolytes such as sodium, which are lost in sweat, are critical for muscle contraction and for maintaining fluid balance in the body. However, Americans, on average, get more than adequate amounts of sodium in their diet.
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