Homemade Electrolyte and Sports Drink: Piña Colada!

Science Behind the CREUS Piña Colada Electrolyte and Sports Drink Recipe

When engaged in endurance activities of 90 minutes or longer (whether cycling or running), it’s important to replenish the body with the right ratio of carbohydrates and electrolytes for optimum performance. The muscles need two primary things: fuel and electrical impulse. Carbohydrates are the best fuel during endurance activities, but they must be the right kind and in the right amount. As far as electrolytes go, sodium is the most important to replenish, but other electrolytes like potassium and magnesium are important too.  The CREUS Piña Colada Electrolyte and Sports Drink Recipe provides the following advantages:

Optimum ratio of glucose to fructose for absorption: Using a one to one ratio of fructose (pineapple juice) to glucose (tapioca starch) allows the body to effectively absorb and utilize all of the carbohydrates for energy.

Best ratio of carbohydrates to water for sports drink : The research indicates that the optimal amount of carbohydrates for endurance athletes during an event is about one gram per minute.  Also, the optimal amount of water is about 1 liter per hour. We’ve formulated the CREUS (CBH) Electrolyte and Sports Drink with a ratio of 60 carbohydrates to 1 liter of water.

The pineapple enzyme bromelain: By using pineapple juice in our homemade electrolyte and sports drink, you get a healthy dose of the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain is an effective anti-inflammatory that can help reduce muscle soreness and fatigue. 

Ideal ratio of electrolytes for electrolyte drink: On a daily basis the body needs more potassium than sodium, but during an intense bout of endurance exercise the body loses a disproportionate amount of sodium through sweat. A trained athlete may loose more the 2 grams of sodium per hour. In addition to losing sodium and potassium, the body also loses other electrolytes, like magnesium and calcium. While it is impossible to replace all the electrolytes or fuel (carbohydrates) the body uses during endurance exercise while exercising, they can be replenished for increased performance. The CBH Piña Colada Electrolyte and Energy Drink Recipe uses all natural ingredients to supply approximately:

  • 600 mg of sodium
  • 350 mg of potassium
  • 30 mg of calcium
  • 24 mg of phosphorous 
  • 18 mg of magnesium
  • 60 grams of carbohydrates | 1:1 ratio of glucose to fructose

 

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Originally posted 2013-10-10 13:21:33.

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