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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Beat the Heat with Gatorade

As a young girl the heat didn't bother me. But then again I didn't play sports. At least the outdoor ones anyways. But now I'm grown up . .

sort of

and I have a teenage daughter has a sensitivity to heat. She tends to get sick, shaky, and on occasion pass out. I always thought we were doing well to make sure she had water with her all the time. But somehow she always ended up sick.
Moms play a key role in keeping their athletes safe, and we need to understand that young athletes may be at greater risk for heat-related illness and know the ways to prevent it.

Water isn’t enough. While fundamental, water alone does not hydrate and refuel as effectively as Gatorade.Gatorade supplies the proper amount of fluid, electrolytes and carbohydrates to rapidly put back what your young athlete loses in sweat and provides energy to keep them going.

In drinking water, the brain may turn off the perception of thirst before the body’s overall fluid needs are met and stops the athlete from fully rehydrating.  The electrolytes in Gatorade help maintain the stimulus to drink so athletes drink enough to replenish and refuel .
Equipment makes a difference - wear light net-type jerseys, T-shirts and shorts, change sweat-soaked clothing, avoid wearing excess clothing, remove helmets when not playing and remember to stay hydrated.

You can help- download a free Gatorade Heat Safety Kit found at www.nfl.com/trainingcamp. For every unique download Gatorade will donate $1 to “Beat the Heat” charities up to $20,000.

Since I started giving my daughter Gatorade instead of water she has had no ill  effects from the heat and  hiking, horseback riding, volleyball, and riding bikes continues to be her favorite activities. 

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Gatorade’s “Beat the Heat” campaign and received Gatorade samples to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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