Sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade have made their name on promoting exercise recovery through the process of hydration. Not only do they sell bottled sports drinks with claims to replace your liquid and electrolyte consumption but they also market gels, chews and bars that supposedly aid in replenishing your energy and protein levels. They have become the standard sports recovery drink for every sport ,no matter the playing level, throughout the world. One could even say if your not consuming their products then you could very well be putting yourself behind the curve in your exercise recovery.
However, what if they weren’t the best option? What if we as consumers could make a better choice? In a world now where everyone is trying to live their “best life” it’s important to understand that we have to start making the best choices! But making the best or the better choice starts with knowledge and an understanding of what exactly we are consuming daily in our bodies. Your “best life” or the “optimal you” can not be attained by only knowing half or some about the products you eat or drink. No one goes to a so-so mechanic or a random doctor. No, we get on our phones or computers and read reviews or we listen to word of mouth from a family member or friend to see if we want to retain an individual’s or company’s services . So why don’t we do that with our food? Why don’t we read food labels to know exactly what it is we are eating or drinking? Why don’t we research the ingredients that are put into the food products we consume? In 2020 can ignorance be bliss?
I’ll be there first to tell you that I’ve consumed my fair share of well known sports drinks and their subsequent food recovery products. However, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis I began to realize that in order to be my best self I was going to need to start paying close attention to what I was putting into my body. So I began reading the labels of sports recovery drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade to really see what I was drinking. The more I read the more frustrated I got. Even their low calorie or low sugar options couldn’t bring me solace. Without getting too specific let me just give you a quick run down of a flavored Gatorade sports drink ingredients: Water, Sugar (or some substitute of it), dyes/colors (definitely not natural if you have to add those), a specified amount of Sodium and Potassium ( as if they know or can determine an individual’s electrolyte percentage loss during any kind of exercise or workout) and a slew other names of compounds that I haven’t seen since my undergrad chemistry classes!
I don’t know about you but I’m tired of being had by big food corporations. I’m tired of being mislead and hustled into thinking that their products are what’s best for us. Furthermore I’m pissed that they play Russian roulette with the health and welfare of consumers knowing their ingredients, with exception of the water and small amounts of sodium and potassium, truly can not substantially uphold their claims. And why? Just to make a buck?
See what big food corporations such as Gatorade and Powerade don’t want you to know is that maintaining and sustaining good overall health isn’t that complicated. If our forefathers could walk this earth and survive just fine without a sports recovery drink so can we. How you ask? Simply… “Do not eat from the tree of processed and packaged food and beverage!” And if you do please read the labels. Don’t eat products that have ingredients you don’t know of nor understand until you’ve researched exactly what it is!
Simple? Yes! Doable? For sure! Will it take some effort? Without a doubt! Change can be challenging but the change you will see in your growth in knowledge about food and the improvement in your overall health and wellness will be immeasurable.