Myth vs. Reality: Gatorade or water?

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Darby Blaylock, Staff Reporter

Halftime, Leopards up by one, the players reach for Gatorade to replenish their body with electrolytes and quench their thirst. While their coach is giving them the run down, the players could be worsening their dehydration.

Gatorade is one of the best replenishments for an athlete, but it’s not enough. Water is also needed. Athletes should drink water before they play as it prepares the body for the events ahead. Water also thins the blood so it is easier to pass oxygen through the body.

Most of the fluids you sweat out are water and or sodium. To replenish the body’s lost electrolytes and sodium, athletes should drink 8 oz. of sports drinks for every 24 oz. of water.