People who exercise intensely can improve recovery by adjusting their drinking habits

ABBOTT PARK, Illinois, June 24, 2021 / PRNewswire / – A new Harris survey found that the majority of adults in the US who exercise intensely understood the importance of maintaining hydration during an exercise (93%) and the importance of hydration for muscle recovery (89%) understands misconceptions about hydration types that can affect their performance and optimal recovery

The survey conducted for Abbott (NYSE: ABT) found that 46% of people who report regular, vigorous exercise for at least three days a week believe that energy drinks and soda can aid rehydration after a strenuous4 exercise. This contradicts the recommendations of the scientific community that these drinks can contribute to dehydration due to large amounts of sugar and insufficient electrolytes.1,2,3

Understand the science behind hydration and how it affects performance
During exercise, dehydration occurs when the loss of fluids – whether through sweating, elevated core body temperature, or even breathing – exceeds the fluids absorbed from food and drink. The loss of fluids is also associated with the loss of electrolytes, which are minerals that aid signal transmission and function in healthy cells

“Water makes up nearly 75 percent of every cell in your body and makes its replacement essential for daily health during and after exercise,” said Craig Horswill, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition of the University of Illinois at Chicago. “What many don’t know is that electrolytes also help direct the flow of water in and out of cells, which aids rehydration and muscle repair. Carbohydrates like glucose are needed to draw the electrolytes and water into the body during rehydration, but lots of sugar can also slow down rehydration and delay recovery. “

Smart hydration
Abbott, maker of Pedialyte, and Jeanette Jenkins, An expert in human kinetics and one of the country’s leading health and fitness trainers, encourage fitness enthusiasts to focus on the quality of an electrolyte drink as ingredients can affect hydration status and muscle function and recovery.

“I tell my clients that as they prepare for exercise and relax, they need to pay attention to their food and drink choices,” said Jenkins, who has trained professional athletes, including professional basketball champions. “It is important to approach your hydration with intent. Consume plenty of water and hydrating fluids such as Pedialyte every day before, during, and after your workout, and track your progress on overall diet and health goals.”

In 2020 Abbott’s Pedialyte launched a new, scientifically engineered rehydration solution for athletes with five key electrolytes for muscle support. Providing three times the electrolytes and a quarter of the sugar of the leading sports drink7, Pedialyte Sport is designed to help athletes avoid negative symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration such as muscle cramps, fatigue and headaches by replacing fluid / water lost through sweat . It has an optimal balance of glucose and sodium, which is critical to the rehydration process. Electrolytes also support the body’s fluid balance and are vital for muscle and nerve function and make muscle repair easier

“Abbott is developing Pedialyte formulations, originally designed to help prevent mild to moderate dehydration in sick children,” said Chris Calamari, Senior Vice President, US Nutrition, Abbott. “As the leading physician-recommended electrolyte solution, adults, athletes and coaches recognize the science behind this product, which led us to develop Pedialyte Sport. Pedialyte Sport is specifically designed for athletes to provide rapid rehydration and replenishment of fluids and electrolytes. during recovery. ”

About Pedialyte
Pedialyte Sport is available in ready-to-drink bottles and powder packs in the flavors lemon-lime and fruit punch. Pedialyte products are available from most major retailers online and in stores, including Walmart, Target, and Amazon. Other Pedialyte products include AdvancedCare® Plus with PreActiv® prebiotics; Pedialyte Organic, a US Department of Agriculture certified organic electrolyte solution; Pedialyte with immune support with vitamins C, E, B12 and zinc; and Pedialyte Electrolyte Water without sugar8 for daily hydration. For more information on hydration, visit the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute and product information at

About the survey
This survey was carried out in the US by The Harris Poll on behalf of Abbott of. carried out online 27.-29. April 2021, among 2,047 US adults 18 years and older, of whom 799 typically exercise vigorously three or more days per week. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore an estimate of the theoretical sample error cannot be calculated.

About Abbott
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2 McDermott BP, et al. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Opinion: Fluid Replacement for the Physically Active. J Athl train. 2017; 52 (9): 877-895.
3 Sawka MN, et al. Exercise and fluid replacement. American College of Sports Medicine position stand. Med Sci Sports Exer 2007; 39 (2): 377-90. doi: 10.1249 / mss.0b013e31802ca597.
4 Exhausting is defined as the requirement of maximum exertion (e.g. takes about 30 minutes or more and leads to a significantly higher heart rate compared to the resting heart rate and rapid breathing, which makes speaking in full sentences difficult). Load levels from heavy to extremely hard.
5 Symptoms and Causes of Dehydration,
6 Liska et al. Narrative review of hydration and selected health outcomes in the general population. Nutrients 2019 (11): 1-29
7 Pedialyte® Sport contains 1380 mg sodium and no more than 14 g sugar per liter; the leading sports drink has ~ 460 mg sodium and ~ 58 g sugar per liter.
8 Low in calories.


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