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Staying hydrated is one of the most important parts of physical activity. In Clinics of Sports Medicine, it explains that “Maintenance of water and electrolyte balance is important for sustaining cognitive and physical performance. Dehydration degrades morale and desire to work. Body water deficits of as little as 2% body weight can impair physical performance. Water deficits of 5% to 7% body weight are associated with headaches, dizziness, and apathy” (Latzka, Montain 1). To prevent dehydration and its effects a medical team created Gatorade for the University of Florida’s football team in 1965. Since then, there has been a large market of beverages to hydrate athletes and improve performance. In Sports and Energy Drinks: Answers for Fitness Professionals, it explains that the three main goals of sports drinks since they were created 40 years ago are: to prevent dehydration, replace electrolytes in sweat, and provide carbohydrates for use during exercise (Kravitz, Mayo par. 2-4). Do these sport drinks actually enhance performance and hydrate better then water? Sports drinks and wa…
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