Gym junkies and fitness fanatics know the importance of replacing essential electrolytes and minerals after a big workout. It’s a great way to help treat muscle cramps that can occur during or after exercise and have you raring to go for the next session.

One of the most important things to look out for when comparing sports drinks is their sugar content. Too much, and the absorption of electrolytes slows down and can make you feel bloated. Plus, you’re packing on all the calories that you just shed during your workout. Hydralyte Sports has been specifically formulated for faster fluid and electrolyte absorption, making it an effective, guilt-free addition to any training regime.

Too much sugar in your sports drink can leave you feeling bloated

Sugar’s role in rehydration after a work-out

When you’ve had a hard training session or been on a long run, it’s a good idea to replace the fluids, essential electrolytes and minerals that you lose through sweat.

Sugar plays an important role in replenishing these things. Without getting too technical, rapid and effective hydration depends on the active co-transport of glucose and sodium molecules through the small intestine. In other words, the sugar helps you absorb the electrolytes.

How much sugar do you need?

If there’s no sugar in your sports drink, it will not activate the co-transport of glucose and sodium for your body to rapidly replace fluid and electrolytes you’ve lost through heavy sweating.

If there’s too much sugar in your sports drink, you can be left feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Research has shown that drinks with high sugar concentrations can lead to unpleasant feelings of fullness, and delayed emptying of the stomach.

Plus, sugary sports drinks are typically high in calories, which is a little defeatist if your primary goal of exercise is to maintain a healthy body weight. Knock back a sports drink high in sugar after your workout, and you might end up with more calories in than calories out.

A small amount of sugar is all you need. The 2% glucose concentration in Hydralyte Sports has been selected for optimal rehydration, whilst minimising stomach discomfort.

Compare sugar in sports drinks

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How long it takes to burn off excess sugar

You’ll rethink that sugary sports drink when you see how long it takes to burn off the excess calories!

With the rapid rehydration of Hydralyte Sports, it only takes 6 minutes of jogging to burn off its 192 kJ. With the sub-optimal rehydration of an average soft drink, you’d have to pound the pavement for 32 minutes to burn off its sugars. If you’ve just completed a training session, that’s a big ask.

Source: Choice Magazine Sports Drink Review, 17 August 2008. Assumes a 70kg male undertaking moderate jogging consumes 34kj energy per minute and energy content of 1gm sugar (glucose equivalent) is 16kj.