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The All Natural Sports Recovery Drink That Is Gaining Recognition

For decades now Gatorade has been the gold standard in sports recovery drinks. Often imitated but never duplicated, Gatorade’s unique formula has been the go to resource for collegiate and professional athletes since the 1970′s.

It appears there may be an interesting all natural alternative for sports recovery that most of us never would have thought of until recently.

What is it? Coconut water.

Yep, the same drink previously only promoted by health gurus is now all the rage with athletes who are looking for recovery without excess sugar and calories.

More after the jump…

Here’s a quick reference from an article I found on

A study from Indiana University Southeast examined Gatorade, Powerade and coconut water, and found that the latter has roughly five times the amount of potassium per liter as the former two. Potassium is a key electrolyte necessary to battle muscle cramps.

However, Gatorade and Powerade were found to have slightly more sodium, which is a key electrolyte necessary for those who perform strenuous workouts and sweat hard.

While Gatorade has become the standard in sports recovery, it has also come under some scrutiny as athletes become more conscious about sugar intake. Not only do they fall short in potassium, but Gatorade and Powerade are chock-full of that sweetness that can add unnecessary calories.

Then there’s also the fact that coconut water is a natural product drawn from inside green coconuts, while sports drinks tend to be uber-processed concoctions. Go to article.

In short, it looks like coconut water can certainly provide benefits, but don’t look for it to replace sports recovery drinks anytime soon. One of the main limitations is the lower sodium content found in coconut water. This would be a concern for those individuals who are losing a lot of electrolytes with heavy sweating.

For the typical person doing a single session workout, this wouldn’t be a problem as the post-workout meal can serve to effectively replace lost electrolytes. However, for those doing longer duration activities where they lose a lot of fluid due to sweating, a more balanced electrolyte formula would be favorable.

Coconut water shouldn’t be regarded as a complete post-workout recovery drink either for those engaging in high intensity resistance training. This is where fast assimilation proteins like whey can be beneficial in delivering amino acids quickly to the muscle cells.

One method that’s worth experimenting with is including coconut water as a base for whey protein powder shakes.

The high sugar content in traditional Gatorade and the Powerade drinks has caused them to fall from from grace with many exercisers. The industry as a whole has been quick to recognize this which is one of the reasons Gatorade came out with their G2 product line.

My personal recommendation for a sports recovery drink to use when a full spectrum of electrolytes is essential would be Advocare Rehydrate.

This is one of the best products I’ve found as an alternative to Gatorade. Note the new formula for Rehydrate now only contains 6 grams of sugar. This is an improvement many sugar conscious individuals will find appealing.

What makes the formula superior in my opinion is the addition of other vitamins, minerals, and amino acids left out of other sports recovery drinks.

See the comparison below:

To learn more or to order Advocare Rehydrate click on the attached link.

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