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Drinking Soft Drinks After Exercise May Be Harmful to Your Kidney
After a hot and dehydrating workout, cold soft drinks are gulped down to give a reinvigorating appeal, however a new research has proved that this may be harmful to the human kidney.
Rather than re-hydrate individuals, soft drinks after exercise can cause further dehydration and interfere with kidney function.
“After an intense workout, it is fairly common for people to drink soft drinks. Similarly, people who carry out manual labour in hot environments often indulge. It is important to understand whether this behavior can have negative consequences for kidney health,” the researchers wrote.
The researchers recruited 12 healthy, physically fit adults whose average age was 24. The participants completed 30 minutes on the treadmill, then a further 15 minutes doing three tasks designed to mimic physical work on an agricultural site.
“After this 45-minute surge of activity, the participants relaxed for 15 minutes. The research team provided each participant with either 16 cups of a popular citrus-flavoured, high-fructose, caffeinated soft drink or water. They repeated this one-hour cycle a total of four times.
“At least, one week later, the participants returned and performed the four-hour routine once again. This time, those that had the soft drinks in the first trial received water and vice versa,” the researchers wrote.
The authors asserted that the consumption of soft drinks during and following exercise in the heat does not rehydrate. Thus, consuming soft drinks as a rehydration beverage during exercise in the heat may not be ideal.