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Exercise Associated Hyponatremic Encephalopathy, Gatorade and the ACSM

Hydration science is a big part of sport science and performance and recovery. But, how much is science fact and, how much is fiction propagated by the "Big Soda" corporations that own Gatorade, Powerade and other "Sports Beverages? This rather eye opening discussion on Overhydration, based on a lot of work done by Dr. Timothy Noakes of the University of Capetown, is a great eye opener to the evolution of current hydration recommendations. In 2012, the ACSM changed their recommendations from the "Drink as much {water or sports drink} as you can handle" (As much as 40oz per hour) to the current 3-8oz every 15 minutes. Although this doesn't seem like a big change, it was influenced by the many deaths from Hyponatremia in the endurance community (One Marathoner drank gatorade at every hydration station to replace fluid and electrolytes yet died from Hyponatremia related complications).

This thread has caused me to look at where these recommendations came from and the influence they have had on the way we think about hydration and fluid intake. Gatorade "G formula with artificial sweetener for everyday consumption? I don't think so. Nice try "Big Soda"...

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This article was very insightful for me. According to Gatorade "scientist" athletes should consume as much Gatorade or water as they could tolerate. However there still have been many death from hypoatremia, even one marathon runner who drank... more »This article was very insightful for me. According to Gatorade "scientist" athletes should consume as much Gatorade or water as they could tolerate. However there still have been many death from hypoatremia, even one marathon runner who drank Gatorade at every hydration station.  Just goes to show what i personally believe- you shouldn't eat foods that have commercials! Obviously there main goal is profits not peoples health! Medical/fitness advice should be taken from medical professionals. 11-03-2014 4:16pm

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