Be careful as an athlete - pure water reduces rehydration
A study of shows: Rehydration after a activity works better if a drink containing sodium - i.e. a sports drink - is taken in combination with a standard meal. The simple consumption of a meal with tap water without electrolytes leads to a worse rehydration. An important aspect in training camps, in high altitude as well as in high-intensity phases during heat periods!
Evans GH et al. (2017): A sodium drink enhances fluid retention during 3 hours of post exercise recovery when ingested with a standard meal. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2017 Aug;27(4):344-350.
Author: Yvonne Forster
dipl. eng. food sciences UAS
dipl. dietitian HS