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V8 juice - better choice for electrolyte replenishment :)


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I found this interesting. I was asking a nutritionist  (some experience in sports nutrition) about healthier alternatives to gatorade and other sports drinks,  the main goal being hydration and electrolyte balance in my case (incase some of you have different goals and may require a good carbs and protein mix as well). She advised me to drink v8 juice or mix it in with my water after my dance classes and running. I'm not a crazy runner but i also do dance so i'm pretty active, i'm not sure if athlete runners need more than just v8... but i was pretty happy to know this, i feel better about drinking v8 than all that artificial stuff.

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I think V8 juice is great!  I drink the Low Sodium version.

Apparently chocolate milk is about as effective as Gatorade for exercise recovery.

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-242-302--11411-0,00.h tml

Original Post by kisteel:

Apparently chocolate milk is about as effective as Gatorade for exercise recovery.

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-242-302--11411-0,00.h tml

 ive heard that too. it has protein and calcium and everything that replenishes your muscles. milk in general is supposed to be good for after/before workouts..but i cant make myself drink milk while im all worked up and sweaty =/

yeah, the carb and protein ration in chocolate milk (which i LOVE btw! i don't need an excuse to have any more of that :D)  is good for muscle recovery, but not as efficient alone for rehydration and electrolyte replenishment.. also i've read around that filling up on milk *right* after an intense workout can be nasty to your stomache. (i don't know *why*, or haven't read why, but i'd assume from basic scientific knowledge it's because the body is very acidic after a workoout and milk is very basic? Ph wise i mean. I'd love to know why if someone has a better answer!)

personally i was more into the electrolyte replenishment bit, since i lose alot almost everyday whether it's biking, running, or dance. Which is why i'd personally stick to drinking the regular v8 and not the low sodium kind.. but i'd totally
recommend the low sodium for CCers that don't get so sweaty every day :D

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