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The Truth about sports drinks

Did you know the first sports drink was invented in the 1960s by a Florida football coach who wanted to help rehydrate and energize his players during long, hot practices? That team’s name was the Florida Gators, so he called the drink Gatorade. The original drink mixed sodium (salt), potassium, and phosphate with a little bit of sugar, some lemon juice, and water. When the team won a championship that year, Gatorade got a lot of the credit. Today, sports drink recipes are similar to the original...READ MORE