Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated!

How many times have you heard that one? And no, I do not promote Gatorade as I feel it is crap. Yes I know many sports teams and athletes swear by it. While I understand that Gatorade works, and why it works - as a nutritionist - I look at the ingredients. I believe what we put in our bodies matters. Here's some information about Gatorade from their website: Generally, sports drinks contain carbohydrates (often sugar) along with minerals, such as sodium and potassium. According to the Gatorade website, Gatorade ingredients (Thirst Quencher Original Pack) include water, sugar, dextrose, citric acid, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, gum arabic, glycerol ester of rosin along with flavorings and food dyes.

The sugar in Gatorade products, labeled as carbohydrates, helps increase the speed of water absorption in the intestines, while making the drink tastier, says the American Chemical Society. Electrolytes, mostly sodium and potassium, also compose a large portion of the Gatorade makeup. It should be noted that, like soda, Gatorade can contain quite a lot of sugar with 34 grams in 20 ounces.

What it there were something out there that would give the same or better befits than Gatorade while promoting GOOD health? There is! Hydrate to the rescue.

How's this compared to Gatorade? Most importantly - it works. I've been helping a friend with his food concession business, working in a HOT trailer. It is 98 degrees outside and there are four deep fryer units in this trailer. It's probably 100 degrees in there and it is BUSY. I don't think I could function without my Hydrate!

Just in case you are wondering - I do not eat the food I'm serving! I'm amazed at the people who choose to eat it? It's my friend's livelihood and I'm helping him out. I'm preaching to me...Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated!

  • *Gatorade contains high levels of sugar and food dyes, which may increase people’s risk of certain health conditions, including weight gain and type 2 diabetes.