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TheDailyMeal.com: Best (and Worst) Drinks for Before and After a Workout

What to Drink: Coconut Water

Some proclaim that coconut water is the "all-natural sports drink," but it’s not as perfect as you think. Some studies have shown that coconut water may rehydrate you better than water or sports drinks — but you have to drink a lot more of it to get the same results as drinking water. And while most tout the huge amount of potassium in coconut water, it’s lacking in sodium and carbohydrates, two other essential nutrients that need to be replenished post-workout. (And in the past, coconut water labels have over-exaggerated the amount of potassium, carbohydrates, and sodium levels in the drinks.) But most agree that if you’re working out recreationally and not partaking in long workouts (i.e. a marathon), coconut water is a safe choice. If you’re going for a much harder workout, a sports drink — or better yet, a banana or salty pretzels — may be a better option to replenish lost carbohydrates and sodium.

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