Is it OK to drink something besides water if you’re exercising outside?

Drinking a sports drink

By now, most of us know we need to stay hydrated when we’re exercising. But are there good alternatives to water? Appearing on CBS-TV, fitness expert Brent Bishop gave Washington, DC audiences another way to refresh and rehydrate. 

While most sports drinks are good at replacing fluid and electrolytes, they don’t do a good job addressing the onslaught of exercise-induced free radicals responsible for sore muscles and joints. Bishop suggests consuming a drink mix made with Glyteine and a common soluble fiber called Sunfiber. Glyteine helps normalize free radical levels while Tomorrow’s Nutrition Sunfiber helps minimize the diarrhea that often accompanies outdoor workouts.

Bishop offered more tips for improving your exercise recovery including:

  • Don’t just stay on the couch because you’re sore. “If you keep moving, you’re going to recover a lot quicker.” 
  • Don’t skip your warmup. “It’s important to prime your system before you actually start doing the exercise movements. This will also decrease your chance of injury.” He added that an injury is something you are likely to feel immediately, while sore muscles typically appear about 12 hours after exercise and peak at about 48 hours. 

A study published by the Journal of Functional Foods reports that Sunfiber may help eliminate athlete’s diarrhea by boosting levels of healthy probiotics in the gut. This may let you focus more on your performance and less on your digestive tract. 

For best results, drink the combination of Tomorrow’s Nutrition Sunfiber and Glyteine about 30 minutes before you start exercising to help ensure your body is prepared to handle some of the stresses of exercise.

Brent Bishop is a is a national on-air fitness expert, celebrity trainer, published author and founder of Think Fitness Studios, compensated to provide his professional opinions.

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