June 20, 2012
We've been lied to by the sports drink industry, including “reputable” companies like Gatorade.
And people are dying because of it, especially during endurance events like marathons and triathlons.
So what can you do about it?
You're about to find out.
Dr. Timothy Noakes, who I first interviewed in the podcast “The Death of Gatorade – Should You Stop Using Electrolytes During Exercise?” is a professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He has run more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons, and is the author of the quintessential book “Lore of Running”.
During this audio interview, Dr. Noakes and I discuss the groundbreaking content in his new book “Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports”
Just a few of the notes that I jotted as I read Dr. Noakes book, and that we discuss in more detail, include:
-Your body will tell you what it needs. Just listen.
-Drink ad libitum, according to the dictates of thirst.
-No studies have ever shown that dehydration contributes in any way to any illnesses associated with prolonged exercise like marathons, triathlons, cycling events or ultra-runs.
-There is zero need to increase your habitual daily sodium intake above that dictated by your appetite.
-There is no need to ingest additional sodium during exercise.
-Much of what you believe about your personal well-being is the result of targeted manipulations by industries who principal focus is their commercial fitness and not necessarily your health and safety.
I highly recommend you read Waterlogged if you want to really delve into the detailed studies and science behind how much water to drink, and how we've been lied to and misled by faulty research.
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