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What the best sports recovery drinks?

In our last blog post we discussed the benefits of sweating and some of the complications that can arise from to little or too much sweating. In today's post we will discuss the variety of fluid replacement beverages out there that can rehydrate our bodies post exeercise.

  1. Water: Staying hydrated is crucial for recovery. Water helps replenish lost fluids and supports various bodily functions, including muscle repair and metabolism. Water also has a natural balance of mineral salts such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
  2. Chocolate Milk: Chocolate milk is often considered a great post-workout recovery drink due to its combination of carbohydrates and protein. It provides a good balance for refueling muscles and promoting recovery.
  3. Protein Shakes: Protein is essential for muscle repair and growth. Protein shakes can provide a quick and convenient source of protein post-exercise. Look for shakes that contain whey, casein, or plant-based proteins. Mix with water or juice to get the maximum recovery benefits.
  4. Electrolyte Drinks: After intense workouts, you might lose electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium through sweat. Electrolyte drinks can help replenish these essential minerals and restore electrolyte balance.
  5. Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs): BCAAs are specific amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) that play a role in muscle recovery. Some recovery drinks contain BCAAs to help reduce muscle soreness and promote muscle repair. You can take this as a mix in powder or in capsules.
  6. Coconut Water: Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes and contains potassium, sodium, and magnesium, which can aid in rehydration and recovery.
  7. Tart Cherry Juice: Tart cherry juice has been suggested to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce muscle soreness and inflammation after intense exercise.Plus it can help keep your urinary tract clean.
  8. Homemade Smoothies: You can create your own recovery smoothies by blending fruits, vegetables, protein sources (such as Greek yogurt or protein powder), and healthy fats (like nuts or seeds). Mixing with water or natural or squeezed fruit juice can create a delicious daily drink.


When choosing a recovery beverage take into consideration the intensity and duration of your exercise. Your unique dietary needs. Minimize items that can cause stomach upset. Talk to your fitness professional or doctor about the best sources.


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