Q:

Does Gatorade help dehydration?

A:

Quick Answer

Everyday Health states that Gatorade helps prevent dehydration by providing fluids and helping to restore the body's electrolyte balance. Gatorade is effective in preventing and treating dehydration in seniors, athletes and those with dehydrating illnesses, such as diarrhea. Gatorade or other sports drinks are recommended for rehydration during lengthy periods of strenuous exercise.

Know More
Does Gatorade help dehydration?
Credit: Cultura RM/Edwin Jimenez Collection Mix: Subjects Getty Images

Full Answer

Healthline reports that Gatorade works by replacing electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, in the body. The body requires ellectrolytes to maintain the right proportion of fluids. Many electrolytes are lost during perspiration. Drinking Gatorade or another sports drink instead of water, especially following intense exercise lasting 60 minutes or longer, hydrates the body better than water. An electrolyte-rich beverage, such as Gatorade, helps the body absorb more fluid.

According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration are a dry mouth, thirst, excessive tiredness, reduced urination, dry skin, headache and lightheadedness. The clinic maintains that Gatorade or other sports drinks are effective in treating mild dehydration in otherwise healthy adults. If symptoms of severe dehydration, such as no urine output, shriveled skin or confusion, develop, it's important to seek immediate medical care. Dehydration in infants and toddlers, the elderly or those who are very ill requires treatment by medical professionals.

Learn More

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is a loganberry drink?

    A:

    The Loganberry drink is a non-carbonated drink similar to fruit punch. It is flavored with loganberry ( a cross between blackberry and red raspberry) and sold only in certain areas of New York and Ontario, Canada.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the fastest way to cool a soda?

    A:

    Placing a can or bottle of soda in a cold water-filled pot with some salt added is the fastest way to chill a soda. Other methods that can chill a soda quickly include simply putting it in a freezer or wrapping it in wet paper towel and then putting it in a freezer.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why are dark-colored sodas worse for your health than light-colored sodas?

    A:

    Dark-colored sodas are considered worse for health than light-colored sodas because they have a chemical called 4-methylimidazole that is used for coloring, which was classified as potentially carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The chemical is abbreviated as 4-Mel, but it is listed on food labels as "caramel coloring" or "artificial coloring".

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the size of a Coke can?

    A:

    A Coke can holds 12 fluid ounces or 355 milliliters. A can's dimensions are 4.83 inches high, 2.13 inches in diameter at the narrowed top and 2.60 inches throughout the rest of a cylindrical can.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore