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What is the difference between water and a sports rehydration beverage?

Sports rehydration beverages (also called “sports drinks”) contain water, carbohydrate, and electrolyte minerals, usually sodium and potassium which are lost in sweat. If you are working out hard, for an hour or longer, a sports drink might help you continue longer or harder than you could with just water.

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