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Old 07-15-07, 05:08 PM   #1
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What makes a good hydration drink?

I decided to summarize a few of my thoughts in a blog post, and I'd appreciate any comments you might have (either here or as a blog comment)

http://riderx.info/blogs/riderx/arch...ion-drink.aspx
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Old 07-15-07, 06:42 PM   #2
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HEED fits the bill for me:
http://www.hammernutrition.com/za/HN...%20%26%20Fuels

1. It tastes GREAT!! (Whereas other drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, Accelerade, and Cytomax do not taste very good). Tasting great is one of the most important features of an energy drink for me ... if it doesn't taste good, I am reluctant to drink it. After about 3 hours on the bicycle, I had no desire to drink Gatorade anymore, but with HEED, I still look forward to drinking it after 30 hours and more on the bicycle. I like it cold and I like it hot ... which is more than I can say about all the other sports drinks I've tried.

2. It uses maltodextrin rather than simple sugars, which works well for me. Simple sugars make my mouth go all tingly ... I'm not even a fan of candy.

3. Other sports drinks cause mouth sores ... HEED does not. In fact, I just read their info and one of the ingredients is beneficial for helping promote oral health.

4. HEED has calories ... the way I fill my bottle, I've got 200-300 calories in there. I can do rides 2-3 hours long on HEED alone.

5. HEED has electrolytes which are adequate for most of my rides (although I do need to supplement them on longer, hotter rides).

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Now having said all that, I am planning to experiment with a creation of my own sometime in the very near future. I found something interesting in the grocery store which I want to mix with maltodextrin and see how it tastes!

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And ... despite the fact that I live on HEED on the bicycle, when I take breaks, I drink other things ... I like variety and I have certain, specific choices I prefer:

1) 100% pure orange juice ... this choice is very refreshing, it isn't too sweet - it's got a bit of a sour/bitter taste to it, it has calories and potassium, and it has Vitamin C.

2) Orange crush ... for some reason I find this choice sits extremely well, and just hits the spot on hot days.

3) Coke or Nestea Iced Tea ... I drink these mainly for the caffeine ... they also help settle my stomach if I'm feeling a little bit upset out there.

4) Coffee or Hot Tea ... I drink these mainly for the caffeine ... and tea helps settle my stomach if I'm feeling a little bit upset out there. But these don't do much to hydrate me ... I usually have to drink a bit of water or something with them.

5) Plain water ... and especially VERY COLD plain water is often a very refreshing, welcome relief after drinking flavored drinks. On hot days, I crave VERY COLD plain water ... although I do realize I need to be taking my electrolyte pills if I'm going to give in to my cravings. But nothing quenches like VERY COLD plain water.
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Old 07-15-07, 07:14 PM   #3
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During a long endurance race, my partner had a cooler packed with Coke in ice. It was the first one I've drank in 7 years but it tasted very delicious! I use Cytomax and water to hydrate.
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...good info, thanks for the post ericgu!
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Hah, this probably won't be a popular opinion, but I like energy drinks. They're carbonated, but usually not so much that it upsets my stomach. Aside from that, water's pretty good. I also like near-beer for the hot days. I'm sure the carbs do some good, somewhere, and like with the Red Bull, it isn't carbonated enough to cause a stomachache.. Wouldn't go in my water bottle though.

Edit: I don't think the energy drinks would be very hydrating, come to think of it. I usually end up having to "go" after less than half an hour after drinking one, and some seem to cause flourescent urine.
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Hah, this probably won't be a popular opinion, but I like energy drinks. They're carbonated
When I think of energy drinks I think of Gatorade, Powerade, HEED, etc. ... but none of those are carbonated. What sort of energy drink are you referring to?
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I usually end up having to "go" after less than half an hour after drinking one
The diuretic effect is one of the main reasons I usually steer clear of energy drinks on a ride. I like being able to go 6 hours without a potty break.
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When I think of energy drinks I think of Gatorade, Powerade, HEED, etc. ... but none of those are carbonated. What sort of energy drink are you referring to?
I'm guessing he means Red Bull, etc. The ones that are loaded with caffeine and other stimulants.
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The product "Elixir" made by CamelBak in tablet form is a good addition to a waterbottle or hydration bladder. It doesn't have any calories, so it's not an "energy drink" per se, but it does have balanced amounts of electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and sodium with a pleasant taste. It's not sticky, so it cleans off a bicycle instantly.
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its important to differentiate between 'sports drinks' and 'energy drinks'... sports drinks contain electrolytes as well as sugar, may be isotonic, and are specifically created for rehydration / electrolyte replacement / energy replacement during/after sports activities. whereas energy drinks are generally just sugar and caffeine, un-specific, for anyone from office workers to taxi drivers.
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In the old days (PS - pre-Shimano) a water bottle was filled half way with coke and the rest of the way with water. It was allowed to stand overnight so it went flat, and then a couple of aspirin were thrown in. I know it sounds incredibly LOW TECH but it works! - Optimator ("Lips that touch water shall never touch mine". W.C.Fields)

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aspirin? your poor liver.
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