Sports drinks can be a truly amazing addition to your workout.
If you’re pushing your body to the max for more than 60 consecutive minutes, you’re going to need to rehydrate and replenish lost nutrients. Otherwise, you risk dehydration, and your athletic performance will suffer!
Sports drinks are formulated to provide both water and a dose of electrolytes (minerals critical for muscle function) and carbohydrates (to restore burned energy). Unfortunately, however, many of the so-called “sports drinks” sold today are little better than sugar water, offering very little in the way of necessary intra-workout nutrition.
That’s why STEEL Supplements is proud to offer HyperAde, a true sports drink formulation that offers your body exactly what it needs to keep pushing through your training, enhance muscle function, and boost your endurance. Read on to find out what makes a sports drink “good” and learn how HyperAde can change the way you work out!
What’s in a Good Sports Drink?
Sports drinks should provide AT LEAST three critical components:
1) Water – During exercise, you lose a lot of water through your sweat (as well as your gastrointestinal tract, lungs, and kidneys). If you don’t replenish that water, there can be pretty serious negative consequences, including reduced endurance, increased core temperature, abnormally high glycogen usage, and a reduction in blood volume.
2) Electrolytes – Sodium and potassium are two minerals that are critical for cellular, organ, and muscle function during exercise. These two regulate your internal water balance, promote muscle contraction/relaxation, and communicate electrical signals throughout the body. Sodium is the primary nutrient lost when you sweat (which is why sweat tastes salty), but excessive loss of either mineral can be seriously detrimental to exercise performance.
3) Carbohydrates –Carbohydrates serve as a “general” energy source that your body utilizes during exercise and is vital for the production of ATP energy used specifically by your muscles. A typical sports drink will provide a small-to-moderate dose of carbohydrates (typically some form of sugar) to replenish the glucose-based energy burned while you train.
Unfortunately, many of the sports drinks sold today—particularly those in general supermarkets and convenience stores—are overloaded with sugar, which can lead to blood sugar spikes (which elevate your risk of insulin resistance and diabetes). They do provide trace amounts of electrolytes, but the main components of sports drinks are artificial colors, chemicals, and unnecessary sugars.
All in all, not the best, healthiest choice!
HyperAde delivers so much more than just “the basics.” Not only does it provide all the critical elements listed above—water, electrolytes, and carbohydrates (in just the right quantity to restore energy levels without triggering a blood sugar spike and subsequent insulin response)—but the sports drink steps it up a notch by adding in other ingredients scientifically proven to drastically improve workout performance, including:
Additional Electrolytes – Not only does HyperAde provide sodium and potassium, but it also delivers a dose of chloride and phosphorus, both of which are also lost during exercise and are critical to healthy bone, muscle, cell, and organ function.
Cluster Dextrin – Also known as Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin (HBCD), Cluster Dextrin is an advanced carbohydrate that is NOT a high glycemic index and thus will not trigger unsustainable blood sugar spikes. It’s easily digested and absorbed into your liver for a sustained source of energy, but it’s released slowly to maintain a steady glycogen balance in your bloodstream. As a result, it will provide a consistent, constant source of glycogen critical for enhanced athletic performance, decreased stress hormones, and actively promotes fat burning.
BCAAs – Isoleucine, valine, and leucine are the three amino acids most critical for muscle growth. In addition, they can help improve anabolism, combat post-workout muscle soreness, decrease inflammation, and accelerate recovery time. When utilized in conjunction with essential amino acids, they can also aid in enhancing athletic performance.
Glutamine – This prevalent amino acid acts as both an antioxidant (combating oxidative stress and boosting your immune system) and a building block for critical proteins. Glutamine can actually stop your body from burning other amino acids for energy, ensuring that more of the protein you consume goes straight to building muscle.
Methionine – Your body can convert this amino acid into sulfur-containing molecules, which not only help to protect your body tissues and maintain proper cellular function but also spark the production of new protein on a cellular level. It’s particularly effective when taken post-workout, as it jump-starts protein synthesis following exercise-induced muscle damage.
Phenylalanine – This essential amino acid is critical for the production of proteins—not just in your muscles but also in your organs and brain. In fact, phenylalanine is used to produce dopamine (which plays a role in memory, learning, and mood regulation) as well as adrenaline and noradrenaline (which trigger your “fight or flight” response to boost energy and sharpen focus).
Histidine – This essential amino acid is utilized for the repair and growth of tissues, protects your tissues from heavy metal and radiation damage, and even aids in the production of red blood cells. It’s also critical for the fabrication of myelin sheaths, protective layers that encapsulate your nerves to both protect them and accelerate the transmission of electrical signals. Histidine also ensures your body is getting sufficient oxygen, thanks to its role in the production of hemoglobin. It’s even used to produce carnosine, a nutrient that can enhance high-intensity exercise endurance and muscle performance.
As you can see, HyperAde is so much more than just another “sports drink.” It provides a critical dose of ingredients that will not only maintain hydration and replenish depleted nutrients but give you a real boost to your workout—both during and for hours afterward.
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