Simple Sugars vs. Complex Carbohydrates
Why is the type of carbohydrate in your
sports drink important?
Simple sugars in your sports hydration drink will rapidly increase your blood sugar
- so what's wrong with that?
If you spike your blood sugar level then you will have lots of energy
... for a little while, and then it will come crashing down. This doesn't work so well for "endurance"
athletes. Simple sugars can do just that, a little bit is okay but too much
will quickly raise your blood sugar. If it could stay elevated life would be
great, but unfortunately it can't, and when and comes back down it drops
(crashes) well below where it started. When this happens during athletic
activity it is a dual edged sword.
First, your performance will drop as the blood
sugar drops because your body is depending on that energy that is no longer
available. More importantly, when your blood sugar spikes, your body will
temporarily stop releasing insulin which plays a critical role in the
energy conversion process. When insulin is released from the pancreas,
it travels through the bloodstream to the body's cells and tells the
cell doors to open up to let the glucose in. Once inside, the cells
convert glucose into energy to power your working muscles. If your
insulin level drops then your body
will no longer be able to as efficiently convert your muscle glycogen and
usable energy ... here comes the BONK!!!
The goal is to maintain a
consistent blood sugar level without the spikes and crashes, and this is
achieved by relying primarily on complex carbohydrates and low sugar levels,
and that's exactly what you get with e-Fuel!
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