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Free webinar – DIY sports drinks and gels that nourish, not deplete

The third webinar of our four-part series with Ian Craig and The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) is DIY sports drinks and gels that nourish, not deplete.

Recording Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2017

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The basis of a sports drink or gel is sugar, water and salt. There are now various forms of sugars used, but it doesn’t get too much more complex than that. However, manufacturers add flavours, colours and sweeteners to individualise their taste. Additives need to be detoxified out of the body these come at an energetic cost to the athlete.

Most of us have heard about beetroot juice and its nitrates (recently discussed in a Human Kinetics webinar  Rocket and beetroot science dietary nitrate and exercise performance by Professor Andy Jones) and cherry juice and its antioxidants and the benefits these can have on sports performance. In this webinar, Ian Craig examines if it is possible to design a sports drink that contains the necessary fuel and electrolytes for athletes needs in your own kitchen. He also looks at phytonutrient components that nourish our cells rather than deplete them.

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The aim of this webinar is to provide academics, students, physiologists, sports scientists, health professionals and nutritionists with an education of the basics of sports drinks and gels, plus working examples of DIY nourishing alternatives

Learning outcomes

This webinar enables attendees to:

  • Review the historic science of hydration and fuel provision via sports drinks.
  • Understand how by reading labels on various healthy fruit juices and plant extracts, we can concoct our own drinks, that are kinder on our gut and nourishing to our cells.
  • Go away with some DIY sports drink recipes, with possible supplement additions for particular physiological outcomes.
  • Have a better understanding of how to use a sports gel without stomach distress and ideas on how to make your own.

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More Webinars

DIY sports drinks and gels that nourish, not deplete is the 3rd webinar in a series by Ian Craig for Human Kinetics, you can register for the other presentations below.

All four of Ian’s webinars will be made available for playback on our within 48 hours of the live presentation.

About the Presenter

Ian Craig resize.jpgIan Craig is an exercise physiologist, nutritional therapist, NLP practitioner and an endurance coach.

Ian gained his BSc in Exercise Physiology from Glasgow University in his native Scotland, and his MSc in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina in the United States. He later extended his interests in exercise and health into a BSc in Nutritional Therapy at Middlesex University in London.

He was a competitive middle-distance runner for 20 years and is now a more leisurely runner and cyclist. Ian specialises in functional sports nutrition, a fast-evolving discipline that considers both health and performance of an athlete from an integrative health perspective. Additionally, Ian runs a private nutritional therapy practice in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Hi, I'm Ryan, the Marketing Manager and chief blogger here at Human Kinetics Europe Ltd. As somewhat of a washed-up athlete I've always had a passion for health, fitness and sport science. I now find myself working at the world’s biggest independent publisher of sport, health, dance and fitness resources. This means I get unrestricted access to all the best, most interesting, scientifically-proven writing on sports science. Of course I'm going to share this with you!

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