Sports Drinks from 11 Foods for Muscle Health (Slideshow)

11 Foods for Muscle Health (Slideshow)

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Sports Drinks

During that long run or right after an intense workout, grabbing a cool sports drink can be refreshing, but also helpful to hardworking muscles. “A healthy, balanced sports drink helps keep the body in aerobic metabolism, burning sugar and fat, longer,” Dr. Hirt says, adding, “When you run out of sugar stores to burn for fuel during exercise, you enter anaerobic metabolism, which is associated with higher acid buildup, which can damage or irritate tissues, or create cramps.”