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April 24, 2012 11:19 AM
Ok so I have a terrible time getting my water in. Getting any water at all sometimes. I have tried the lemon in the water, I have tried the drink packs to add to water bottles. I love gatorade, but is drinking your days water in gatorade bad?

Nutrition facts:
total fat: 0
sodium: 160 mg 7%
potassium 45mg 1%
carbs 21g 7%
sugar 21g
protein 0g
  3379917
April 24, 2012 11:22 AM
I'm afraid so. With all the sugar and calories Gatorade has (400 cal, all in sugar, for your minimum water needs), it isn't any better than Coke.

If you're having trouble getting your water in, I would suggest drinking a big glass when you get up and before every meal. If you use a 16-oz glass, that's all the water you need.
April 24, 2012 11:23 AM
I probably wouldn't drink it in place of water. Unnecessary sugar and calories. I absolutely hate to drink my calories.
April 24, 2012 11:25 AM
Yes, bad idea. One a day? Sure.... in place of water completely? No... tons of calories and sugar. Gatorade is meant to replenish you after working hard. It shouldn't be a regular drink that you have whenever you are thirsty.
April 24, 2012 11:27 AM
QUOTE:

I love gatorade, but is drinking your days water in gatorade bad?


Everyday? Yes wink
April 24, 2012 11:30 AM
If it prevents you from getting the proper amount of fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals in your diet, or puts you well over your calorie limit in order to reach your nutrition goals, then yes, it's bad. Otherwise, if you can fit it into your nutrition plan (let's be honest, though, that's not likely) then it is fine. If you need the Gatorade, go for the low or no calorie version.
Edited by tigersword On April 24, 2012 11:31 AM
April 24, 2012 11:58 AM
ARGGG! Thanks everybody, it does all make sense. I will just have to suck it up and drink water.
  3379917
April 24, 2012 11:58 AM
Too much of anything can be bad. Even Oxygen.
April 24, 2012 12:00 PM
Yes, hence the term "too much."
April 24, 2012 12:03 PM
But it has the electrolytes that living things crave!!!!!! wink

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April 24, 2012 12:07 PM
http://nerdfitness.com/blog/2009/02/03/what-the-eff-is-an-electrolyte-is-gatorade-the-real-deal/
April 24, 2012 12:16 PM
QUOTE:

But it has the electrolytes that living things crave!!!!!! wink

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Haha! The Thirst Mutilator!
April 24, 2012 12:22 PM
Would you take a bath in it?
  5133274
April 24, 2012 12:28 PM
Try Mio in your water, it's the bomb and zero calories. I guzzle it daily. (12-14 cups typically).
April 24, 2012 12:34 PM
How about using those flavored water mixes like Crystal Light or even Diet Lipton tea? You'd still be getting plenty of fluids but no where near the amount of calories, sugar, sodium, etc.

Gatorade's good for recovery if you're really active but not something you should drink all the time and definitely not a water replacement.

Our tap water at home is really gross so what I usually do is mix up those flavored drink mixes like Hi-C or Koolaid or Lipton Tea then just add a little to my water. I'm talking 1/4 to 1/2 cup added to 2 cups of water so it's really watered down. I don't like them full strength (too sweet) and that little bit is just enough to make the tap water palatable (sp?).
  5367199
April 24, 2012 12:39 PM
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http://nerdfitness.com/blog/2009/02/03/what-the-eff-is-an-electrolyte-is-gatorade-the-real-deal/


Excellent article!
  5367199
April 24, 2012 12:40 PM
I have IBS and drinking a lot of water does very bad things to me. The low calorie Gatorade is better, but even that has to be limited because of the high sodium levels. I've found that drinking water with food helps a lot. I limit myself to no more than 32 ounces of low calorie Gatorade a day as my doc says that's an acceptable sodium intake.
  21122263
April 24, 2012 12:42 PM
Try powerade zero.
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April 24, 2012 12:43 PM
well - too much anything is bad.
April 24, 2012 12:44 PM
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My uncle is doing research through a dental clinic on Gatorade. Not only is it just as bad as cola (caloric wise), it's worse than cola for your teeth! There's something in it that just binds to your teeth and destroys them. Try drinking crystal light if you need flavor (Only 5 calories per 8 oz).. or the MiO water additive drops. Most of the MiO's count as nothing and they're pretty good.
Hope this helps :)
  21154009
April 24, 2012 12:47 PM
If you have enough of it, and not enough water, it can cause kidney stones. Ouch! (Did have this happen to me!)
  1710900
April 24, 2012 1:09 PM
QUOTE:

Ok so I have a terrible time getting my water in. Getting any water at all sometimes. I have tried the lemon in the water, I have tried the drink packs to add to water bottles. I love gatorade, but is drinking your days water in gatorade bad?

Nutrition facts:
total fat: 0
sodium: 160 mg 7%
potassium 45mg 1%
carbs 21g 7%
sugar 21g
protein 0g


It's just sugar water with a bit of salt tossed in (ooooh, electrolytes!). Unless you drink it during or after a long peroid of exercise, gatorade is straight bad for you.

Just stop drinking sweet things. Initially you'll really miss them, but afterwhile that sugar craving will go away.
  8808327
April 24, 2012 7:46 PM
ok, kidney stones is not something that I want. Never had them, never want them. Thanks so much for the info
  3379917
April 24, 2012 7:47 PM
I havent tried the mio yet, I will have to try that. Thanks so much
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