Why drink a sports drink, as opposed to water?

The two main perspectives which differentiate a sports drink from water alone are the additional supply of fuel (carbohydrates) and electrolytes with the hydration. Also several studies have provided evidence that people will drink more of a flavoured drink than an unflavoured one. Hence, a refreshing, palatable drink such as POWERADE Isotonic will generally be consumed more readily, thereby further enhancing total fluid intake and reducing the risk of dehydration. POWERADE Isotonic comes in a great range of flavours, all of which make it easier for you to keep drinking the amount you need to stay hydrated.

Check out the "POWERADE Isotonic Range" for more information.

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