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Compare Hypotonic and Isotonic Drinks

Q. I drink water throughout my gym sessions, isnít water enough? Why should I use an isotonic drink?
A. Isotonic drinks contain carbohydrates to help you to stay energised whilst also helping to keep you hydrated by replacing fluid and precious electrolytes (salts) which are lost through sweat; helping you to avoid the negative effects of dehydration during and after exercise. Even moderate intensity exercise will create sweat resulting in a loss of electrolytes and energy. An isotonic drink has a similar carbohydrate and electrolyte concentration to your body, meaning that your body will absorb them faster than water alone.

Q. What are the benefits of an isotonic drink in comparison to hypotonic or hypertonic sports drinks?
A. A key difference between these types of drinks is the osmolality level which is the level at which a fluid
is absorbed. An osmolality level of 270-330 Mosm/kg in an isotonic drink helps to maintain the required
concentration of electrolytes (salts) in your blood. Water alone has a very low osmolality level as it typically
does not contain electrolytes. Isotonic sports drinks replace fluids and electrolytes whilst providing energy from
carbohydrates - ideal for endurance sports, cardiovascular workouts and team sports. Hypotonic sports drinks
quickly replace fluids lost from sweating but have a low level of carbohydrates which some athletes such as
gymnasts may prefer. Hypertonic sports drinks are very high in carbohydrates and are normally taken after
exercise to top up muscle glycogen stores e.g. after ultra distance running events.

Types of Sports Drinks

Key Differences

Key Benefits Herbalife Products
Isotonic Fluid, high level electrolytes and 6 to 8% carbohydrate. Rapid hydration and energy. H30, Prolong
Hypotonic Fluid, low level of electrolytes and very low level of carbohydrate . Quick hydration but lower levels of carbs so no immediate boost of energy. Hydrate
Hypertonic Fluid, very high level of carbohydrate, typically low level of electrolytes or none. A way to supplement daily carbohydrate intake to help top-up muscle glycogen stores. Not typically as effective at re-hydrating the body, as the fluid is not easily absorbed.  

Q: Compare Herbalife Workourt (During) Drinks based on activity level Typical calories


Q: Compare Herbalife Workout Drinks based on nutritional values


Europe Specs: Hydrate H30 Prolong Thermo
  1 stick pack 37g (1 sachet) 60g (4 scoops 1/2 teaspoon 1.7g
Energy 12 kcal 137 kcal 224 kcal 6 kcal
Protein 0g 0.037g 6.86 0.18
Total Carbohydrates 0.7 32g 47.2 1.35g
of which sugar 0 g 31.5 17.5 0.38
Fat 0g 0.037g 0.2g 0.002
Fibre 0.2 0.037g 0g 0.002
Sodium 0.23g 0.230g 0.44 0.002
Caffeine   Yes
Antioxidants Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electrolytes Yes Yes Yes
Product Info Hydrate H30 Prolong Thermo
Typical usage of isotonic drinks in terms of calories:
Hydrate -12
H30 - 68-137
Prolong 112-224

Q: What are electrolytes and why are they important?

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