Why a Little Sugar Goes a Long Way

 Glucose, a type of sugar, is often included in hydration solutions and sports drinks, especially during prolonged or intense physical activity. While it’s always important to recognize how much sugar you ingest, here are some reasons why glucose is considered beneficial for hydration:

Energy Source:

Glucose is a primary source of energy for the body. During prolonged exercise, the muscles and other tissues require a continuous supply of energy. Including glucose in our advanced hydration sticks provides a readily available source of fuel to support sustained physical activity.

Rapid Absorption:

Glucose facilitates the absorption of water and electrolytes in the small intestine. The co-transport of glucose and sodium enhances water absorption, promoting quicker rehydration. This is particularly important during situations where rapid fluid replenishment is needed, such as during endurance sports.

Maintains Blood Sugar Levels:

Engaging in intense physical activity can lead to the depletion of glycogen stores in the muscles and liver. Including glucose in hydration solutions helps maintain blood sugar levels, preventing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and supporting overall energy levels during exercise.

Improved Endurance:

Consuming glucose during prolonged exercise can enhance endurance by providing a continuous supply of energy to working muscles. This can delay the onset of fatigue and contribute to better athletic performance, especially in endurance sports.

Enhanced Fluid Absorption:

The presence of glucose in a solution can enhance the absorption of sodium and water in the intestines through the sodium-glucose co-transport system. This mechanism helps optimize fluid retention and prevent dehydration.


Glucose contributes to the sweet taste of sports drinks, making them more palatable for individuals engaging in physical activity. This can encourage athletes to drink more fluids, promoting better overall hydration.


It's important to note that while glucose can be beneficial in certain situations, individual hydration needs vary. The concentration of glucose in sports drinks should be considered, and athletes should be mindful of their overall nutritional goals. Additionally, for shorter or less intense activities, plain water or electrolyte solutions without added carbohydrates may be sufficient for hydration.