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06-27-2007, 09:46 AM

I usually drink alot of water before going out.
But the humidity is killer, so I've been starting with gatorade.

What's up?

WJW Lawn
06-27-2007, 09:53 AM
I do water..and Gatorade...because drinking all water doesnt put any electrolytes back in your body. In the morning I drink a Rock Star though lol

06-27-2007, 09:57 AM
I do both. Actually I buy a mix of another brand, can't remember which one though. Tastes the same.

06-27-2007, 10:09 AM
Walmart sells this stuff called Replenish. It has electrolytes, no calories, an it is cheap. $2 for 10 packs and each one makes a 22oz bottle. You have to mix it yourself but for 1/5 the price of a Gatorade, I can manage.

Oh,and it tastes just like the real thing.

06-27-2007, 10:20 AM
Gatorade is really NOT that good for you

06-27-2007, 10:42 AM
Gatorade is really NOT that good for you

Why. Explain.

The Captain
06-27-2007, 11:29 AM
stuffdeer....I would imagine it's because of the high sodium and high sugar content. I drink it like water, even use the lemon-lime in my iced tea, although my heart doctor isn't too happy about all that. Helps prevent leg cramps for me.

06-27-2007, 11:38 AM
Why. Explain.

if you drink gatorade in the Fierce flavor, your poo changes color....:)

Water is the best by far, you need to rely on your foods to replace your missing minerals and such. But gatorade does in a pinch and I when I'm cutting my own lawn I drink gatorade, but when i was working the field. i always kept water. made it easier to clean out the coolers as well...

06-27-2007, 11:48 AM
Both but mostly water

06-27-2007, 01:10 PM
Water ... and lots of it on really hot or humid days. A Gatorade now and then. What I do is when I pack my cooler in the morning ... in go the bottles of water (I refill them with water from a gallon jug ... lots cheaper) ... then sometimes I put ice tea in a couple of bottles (for with my light lunch) ... and for the most part I pack baggies of fresh veggies for lunch (carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc) ... and maybe some fruit if I have some.

Eat light ... eat healthy ... and drink plenty of fluids. We all know how we like the rain on our lawns ... well ... we need the water for our bodies too.


Turf Terror
06-27-2007, 01:21 PM
....I would imagine it's because of the high sodium and high sugar content.

I have Type2 diabetes. My doc said to avoid Gatorade because of the sugar and sodium.
He also suggested staying away from my favorite--Diet Coke, because of the sodium.
I used to drink a half dozen 20oz bottles of the Coke during a hot day's work.
Bad Bad...
Instead, I fill my jug with ice and water....then squeeze a bunch of lemons or limes into it.
I was getting a lot of leg cramps during sleep. Sometimes so bad that I had to get out of bed and walk them off. The doc had me start taking potassium supplements and I haven't had any leg cramps since.

06-27-2007, 03:03 PM
Why. Explain.

well didn't want to open up a can of worms. But here goes

If you drink a whole bottle of Gatorade you are consuming about 56 grams of sugar -- this is not required in a normal sedentary lifestyle -- and in this situation it could be considered "bad" for you.

Gatorade Ingredients
water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, ester gum, sucrose acetate isobutyrate, yellow 5

It's MOSTLY sugar!! Get their other product PROPEL 2carbs/sugar!! and you still get the important stuff ---- potassium,etc... which is what replaces your electro-lites

It's a re-hydrator, done with salts and sugars.

Focal Point Landscapes
06-27-2007, 06:02 PM
Yeah , Propel is much better - but we still do mostly water.

06-27-2007, 06:36 PM
why is gatorade considered better for rehydration?
my Dr says gatorade is good when I had the flu. He used to say
drink 7up.

As far as the other stuff like sugar do we just sweat it out or is it unprocessed?
If it's unprocessed I'd just get some cinnamon pills.

06-27-2007, 08:06 PM
Gatorade never seemed to quench my thirst like water does. Somethimes it would give me heartburn. I only drink iced down water now.

06-27-2007, 08:28 PM
I drink water about a Gal a day when its hot.
At lunch break I try to get a (green Tea) Ice tea.
just to get some flavor.
as for muscle cramps I take B Complex vitamins one in the breakfast one at supper.
I also try to eat well and keep fit :weightlifter: :walking: and a little :drinkup: now and then.

MMMMMMMMM Beer The cure of all that ales you.:cool2:


06-27-2007, 11:07 PM
stuffdeer....I would imagine it's because of the high sodium and high sugar content. I drink it like water, even use the lemon-lime in my iced tea, although my heart doctor isn't too happy about all that. Helps prevent leg cramps for me.

Each person's needs are different. The sodium you are adding is probably helping with the leg cramps.

KTO Enterprises
06-28-2007, 12:53 AM
Gatorade is high in sugar and will cause bad diarreah. A lot of atheletes have gone to drinking pedialyte, or some other infants juice because of the lack of sugar. I would only drink one gatorade to 3 times as much as water. I just drink all water and carry salt tablets. Take one or two on really hot days

APV's Mowing
06-29-2007, 05:01 AM
i drink both, i mix a 2 gal. jug with the gatorade mix once a week, and drink that however long it lasts me, then the rest of the week i drink all water, and what can help with leg cramps and such is to take a mulitvitimin, i take one for the "active" person or w/e and they help me stay more awake during the day and get better sleep

06-29-2007, 08:18 AM
We used to drink 70/30 water/gatorade most of the day. Our cooler had OJ, iced tea, and coke for when you needed a little extra sugar. The gatorade/ water mix seemed to fine at this ratio. Any more gatorade and you could feel it was too much after drinking 2 gallons in a day.

06-29-2007, 09:09 AM
How about energy drinks?

One thing I have had trouble with on some energy drinks is crashing.
I had shakes and fatigue from them, so I just carried a can of raisens to control that.
raisens have a ton of carbs.

So I then just watched the ingredients for the caffine content and shyed away from most grocery store junk.

some drinks are post exercise and some are pre exercise drinks.

But what I really have found is the need for sustained endurance.
We work long hours and most so called energy drinks last what a typical workout does....20 mins---LOL

I'm like a few here, I take a quality multivitamine, along with antioxidants.
and gatorade in moderate amounts.

Just check with your Dr. before hand.


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06-29-2007, 10:53 AM
I drink a ton of gatorade in the summer, We cannot keept it stocked in my house.

06-29-2007, 08:05 PM
I drink about 90% water and sometimes a Gatorade. Something about gatorade doesn't work with my system. I feel like crap after I drink one, so I stick to water. I usually go through atleast eight 17 oz. bottles a day. On those last few hot days I was pushing about thirteen.

06-30-2007, 12:30 AM
I use propel, water made by gatorade only 20 cal. a bottle. Also if you like gatorade try poweraid it has electolites and fewer calories and sodium.

06-30-2007, 12:44 AM
only water here, i get my minerals from food, lots of fruit and vegetabels here.

06-30-2007, 12:56 AM
Only Gatorade here, 10 qts between yesterday & today. Usually only 1 -2 a day.
Will not touch Powerade, runs right through my system as soon as I drink it.