The Myth of Sports Drinks and Exercise

Myth buster: Sports drinks vs. water

 Published 4:59 p.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | SFGate

Myth: Sports drinks keep you better hydrated than water during a workout.

Fact: Those giant sports drink coolers on the sidelines of professional sporting events send fans a strong message – your favorite athletes drink this stuff, and you should, too. But according to new research, sports drinks aren’t proved to deliver all they promise, and water is all that most people need to stay hydrated.

Americans buy $1.5 billion worth of sports drinks annually, but a series of studies in the British Medical Journal say there isn’t enough evidence to support so-called scientific claims by sports drink makers that their products optimize athletic performance and recovery. For more information: bit.ly/T9tYeu.

In one study the journal examined 104 sports drinks and other products that claim to enhance athletic performance. There were 431 claims associated with these products, and researchers found that slightly more than half of them were not backed up. Most of the study references the ads did provide were either so vague that the journal’s researchers couldn’t analyze them, or they referred to studies that the researchers said had a high risk of bias. The researchers reported that only three of the studies referenced were of “high quality and low risk of bias.”

Aside from that, there are nutritional problems with sports drinks. According to the Harvard University School of Public Health, sports drinks contain between three to 14 teaspoons of sugar and as many as 255 calories. Water has neither. And when determining how much water to drink before, during and after a workout, the Harvard team says thirst can be the guide. Source: hvrd.me/RAlnCd.

Then there’s the question of electrolytes – minerals like calcium, potassium and sodium that decrease slightly as your body sweats them out during exercise. Water doesn’t contain electrolytes; sports drinks do. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say that people who work out vigorously for an hour or more lose enough electrolytes to warrant replacing them with sports drinks. Researchers add, however, that you can also replace electrolytes with a balanced diet, including mineral-rich fruits and vegetables.

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That Stomach Ache May Be Due To Leaky Pipes

Tainted Tap Water Sickens 1.1 Million Each Year

Viruses Creep Into Public Water Supplies Through Leaky Pipes

Sept. 14, 2012 – The pipes that ferry drinking water from public wells to home taps may let in viruses that cause more than a million cases of stomach illness every year, two new studies show.

“This is a really big deal,” says Jeffrey Griffiths, MD, MPH&TM, a professor at Tufts University and chair of the drinking water committee of the U.S. EPA’s science advisory board. “This research is very important.”

“Our delivery pipe system is old in many parts of the country and leaky and not being replaced,” says Griffiths, who was not involved in the studies.

Griffiths says the research “really documents that it’s possible for people to get viruses that make them sick through their drinking water.”

The studies stem from the same government-funded research project. It is one of the largest ever to look at illnesses tied to public water supplies.

“The drinking water that we have in the U.S. is very, very good relative to other countries,” says researcher Frank Loge, an environmental engineer at the University of California at Davis. “But in terms of what we expect from our drinking water, in terms of health and safety, I was alarmed,” he says.

Looking at the Safety of Public Water Supplies

The project compared 14 public water systems in Wisconsin. Like more than 147,000 towns in the U.S., all the communities in the study pumped their public water from underground pools called aquifers. And like the majority of communities that rely on groundwater, the 14 in the study didn’t disinfect the water after it left those large wells.

For the first year, eight of the communities installed powerful ultraviolet (UV) lights to clean the water as soon as it left the underground pool. The other six continued to have no disinfection.

Scientists sampled water each month from the underground pool, from an area that was just past the UV disinfection, and then from six to eight home taps. The second year, the towns swapped. The eight towns that used UV disinfection turned their systems over to the six that didn’t have them. That let scientists compare how well the UV systems worked to clean the water.

After the two years of watching the water, researchers found that no community had consistently clean or consistently contaminated water.

When they plugged their measurements into models that estimate risk, they found that nationwide, drinking water that’s tainted as it travels through pipes to people’s homes could be responsible for as many as 1.1 million cases of acute stomach illness each year. That’s a level of illness that’s 559 times higher than what the EPA considers acceptable for public drinking water supplies.

Mark A. Borchardt, PhD, a microbiologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, says that normally, the average person can expect to get sick with a stomach bug once or twice in a given year. People who drink water from public systems that aren’t disinfected can expect to see that risk climb by about 30%. Looking at the numbers another way, that means as many as 1 in 5 cases of stomach illness each year may be caused by contaminated water. That number may be as high as 2 out of 5 cases in kids.

Public Water Infrastructure Problems

Researchers were concerned about what happens to water on its way to the tap because much of the public water infrastructure in the U.S. is in a state of disrepair. In a 2009 report, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave America’s drinking water systems a D- grade and stressed the need for more money to replace crumbling facilities and plumbing.

To make matters worse, Borchardt says many pipes that carry drinking water are laid close to lines that carry untreated sewage. Like the water pipes, the sewer lines are also often not in great shape.

“If you dig up soil around drinking water pipes, you can find all sorts of pathogens that come from leaking sewer lines,” Borchardt says. Pressure changes may then suck some of those disease-causing germs into the drinking water.

Advice for Safer Tap Water

Smaller towns and rural areas are more likely than larger cities not to disinfect their water. To find out if your water is disinfected or not, contact your municipal water supplier.

If you live in a community where groundwater isn’t disinfected, Loge says there are home systems that can be installed to clean water before you drink it.

Those systems range from $100 to $500 in price and usually need to be professionally installed.

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Presidential Inauguration Serving Tap Water

In response to a letter from the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority stating concerns about the serving of expensive bottled water vs. DC tap water at the Presidential Inaugural ceremonies, Senator Charles Schumer confirmed with his own letter that tap water would be available. He further stated that DC tap water is used every day in the offices at the Capitol as a drink choice as well as to make coffee and tea.

Tap water is an affordable alternative to expensive bottled water. The letter from DC Water further states that tap water costs about a penny per gallon compared to bottled water which costs about 100 times more.

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