Nutrition & Weight Loss

Water vs. Sports Drinks


Water vs. Sports Drinks

Summer months escalate the need for proper hydration. Dr. Dane Treat talks about hydration options in “Water vs. Gatorade”.

  1. Exercising for more or less than one hour? Water is adequate up to one hour, sports drinks should be considered if exercising longer than one hour.
  2. Carbohydrates. Most sports drinks contain carbohydrates that help you continue exercising for an extended period of time.
  3. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink! You’ll already be mildly dehydrated by then.
  4. Many people think sports drinks taste better than water so they consume more and are less likely to become dehydrated during exercise.


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Hello! I am a Phoenix-area Family and Sports Medicine Physician with a big interest in exercise and fitness. I grew up in Oklahoma, attended OSU undergrad and arch rival OU medical school. I did my Family Medicine training at Good Samaritan Family Practice Residency in Phoenix, and my Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Missouri in Columbia. I currently work for a group of Urgent Cares as well as for a large local company as the Primary Care physician for it's employees. I'm married and we have a beautiful little girl who will no doubt appear in photos or videos that I post. A big sports fan and lifelong Broncos fan, I have been known to spontaneously "Tebow" at random times that my wife feels are inappropriate.

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