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Effect of Electrolyte Addition to Rehydration Drinks Consumed After Severe Fluid and Energy Restriction

James, Lewis J.1; Shirreffs, Susan M.1,2

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: February 2015 - Volume 29 - Issue 2 - p 521–527
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000657
Original Research

Abstract: James, LJ and Shirreffs, SM. Effect of electrolyte addition to rehydration drinks consumed after severe fluid and energy restriction. J Strength Cond Res 29(2): 521–527, 2015—This study examined the effect of electrolyte addition to drinks ingested after severe fluid and energy restriction (FER). Twelve subjects (6 male and 6 female) completed 3 trials consisting of 24-hour FER (energy intake: 21 kJ·kg−1 body mass; water intake: 5 ml·kg−1 body mass), followed by a 2-hour rehydration period and a 4-hour monitoring period. During rehydration, subjects ingested a volume of drink equal to 125% of the body mass lost during FER in 6 aliquots, once every 20 minutes. Drinks were a sugar-free lemon squash (P) or the P drink with the addition of 50 mmol·L−1 sodium chloride (Na) or 30 mmol·L−1 potassium chloride (K). Total void urine samples were given before and after FER and every hour during rehydration and monitoring. Over all trials, FER produced a 2.1% reduction in body mass and negative sodium (−67 mmol), potassium (−48 mmol), and chloride (−84 mmol) balances. Urine output after drinking was 1627 (540) ml (P), 1391 (388) ml (K), and 1150 (438) ml (Na), with a greater postdrinking urine output during P than Na (p ≤ 0.05). Ingestion of drink Na resulted in a more positive sodium balance compared with P or K (p < 0.001), whereas ingestion of drink K resulted in a more positive potassium balance compared with P or Na (p < 0.001). These results demonstrate that after 24-hour FER, ingestion of a high sodium drink results in an increased sodium balance that augments greater drink retention compared with a low electrolyte placebo drink.

1School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom; and

2GlaxoSmithKline, Brentford, United Kingdom

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