5 Facts About Guzzling Energy/Stimulant Drinks When Training

It's important to remember that the most important and effective ergogenic aid (external influence enhancing performance) is water. Alongside water, many people also choose to consume sports drinks and energy/stimulant beverages to maximise their performance capacity. Sports drinks aim to promote hydration, replenish carbs and electrolytes and prolong physical activity. They usually contain 6-8 grams/100 ml and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

On the other hand, energy drinks aim to boost alertness and mental focus whilst also delivering a surge of energy. However, they contain large amounts of carbohydrate (particularly sugar), a few vitamins and (occasionally) some minerals, as well as large quantities of stimulants such as Taurine and Caffeine.


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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