Sports drinks serve a very specific purpose. They are meant to help rehydrate people who are working really hard at a sport or while working out, and on the verge of dehydration. However, people have taken them to be a good drink outside of that event as well.
This can be dangerous, especially when that becomes the main drink a person consumes. If you drink a lot of sports drinks, you need to understand the dangers that come with it. They are not as good for you as manufacturers want you to think they are.
Sports Drinks Disintegrate Your Teeth
The biggest issue with sports drinks is that they disintegrate your teeth. The acid levels are so high that they literally erode your tooth's enamel. If this is the main thing you drink, your teeth could become so badly damaged that they begin to become painful and may even be lost.
If you want hydration that is safe for you and your teeth, you should create your own mixture. There are dozens of recipes online that can be used to help you remain hydrated after long workouts or intense exercise. Many of them use coconut milk, which is a great hydration tool. Then, you pick the flavors you like most, and from there, you create the perfect hydration tool for you.
Don't drink sports drinks at the wrong times. When you do drink them, make sure that you drink it as quickly as you can, wait the appropriate 30 minutes after drinking, and then brush right away.
That way, you minimize the damage done to your teeth. Find out more about the dangers of sports drinks from your dentist. They can show you if your teeth are already suffering the effects of drinking too many acidic sports drinks.
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