General Cycling Discussion - Replenishing Electrolytes with V8
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05-20-11, 04:59 PM
I'm wondering how good of an alternative using V8 (low sodium) to Gatorade is for replenishing electrolytes. Right now my rides are less than an hour, could I just bring water with me and have a glass of v8 when I get home?
05-20-11, 07:12 PM
If you are looking to lose weight, drinking energy drinks or even V8 is not going in the wrong direction. I do not think you are sweating enough in one hour to need more than plain water. I would skip the V8 unless it is part of your normal eating habits.
05-20-11, 07:45 PM
Our bike club has V8 at the last rest stop on the century ride we sponsor and I think it's a good alternative to the sports-specific drinks. But unless the "less than an hour" rides are of very high intensity I don't think they would require any special change in normal food and fluid intake.
05-21-11, 02:16 PM
ok sounds good!
There is some sodium and potassium in original V8. http://www.v8juice.com/Products.aspx
05-21-11, 08:12 PM
if you want the best electrolyte replenishment with barely any calories, its pedialyte, it may not taste the best but one 8 oz cup is equivelant to a 20 oz bottle of gatorade, i drink an entire liter a day reguardless of riding since im prone to dehydration
05-21-11, 08:36 PM
It's better to get nutrients ect from real food than from drinks, unless you need them on the bike.
I sometimes drink V8 when I get home. The potassium helps prevent cramps.
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