Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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The Unhealthy Truth About Sports Drinks

Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 01:18 PM

By Dr. Brownstein

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Question: It seems that all the sports drinks I see contain a lot of sucralose or high fructose corn syrup. What do you recommend that seniors use to replace electrolytes?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

You’re right: Most sports drinks have sugar or sugar substitutes in them. Others have the toxic halogen bromine as part of their chemical makeup. Sport drink commercials make the products look appealing, but it is a rare sports drink product that is actually healthy.
You can make your own drink inexpensively. Simply put about ¼ teaspoon of unrefined salt in eight ounces of water. This amount of salt supplies the correct balance of electrolytes for the athlete. It also supplies the correct balance of electrolytes for people who are nonathletes.

If you begin experiencing foot and/or leg cramps, you can simply use more salt until the
cramps disappear.

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