Because 75% of Americans suffer from dehydration, rehydrating the body is one of the best things they can do for their health. After a hard workout or even being sick, it can feel impossible to keep up with normal hydration levels. Therefore, choosing a hydration product that works best for the body is important. Sports drinks, electrolyte-formulated product mixes, and natural foods all provide hydration, making the list of products seems endless to choose from. So, here are a few different ways one can rehydrate throughout the day.
Natural Fruit Hydration
Coconut water has been around for a long time, and humans have discovered its never-ending list of benefits. For instance, this product improves skin, hair, and hydration. Coconut water is a go-to recovery after working out on a hot day. As coconuts grow in tropical weather, they have the most liquid inside (½ to 1 cup) around approximately six to seven months. Consuming coconut water, containing 94% water, is a great alternative to regular water when replenishing electrolytes and nutrients. Minerals found in coconuts such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium are all crucial for rehydration. Therefore, coconut water makes a great rehydrating product, but make sure to keep an eye on its extra calories and sugar levels.
Gatorade is another product that has been a consumer favorite for decades. Athletes and hungover party-goers feel as though it's a life-saver. However, others seem to forgo this option because Gatorade claims to help consumers recover but its ingredients include artificial ingredients and high amounts of sugar. Although it deems a quick way to recover from dehydration, there are better alternatives on the market that can just as effectively replenish the lost electrolytes. For instance, G2 is Gatorade’s low-sugar version. This only has 30 calories and 7 grams of sugar per serving (12 fluid ounces). This might sound like a better option, but with the 28 ounces bottle having 16 grams of sugar, it's important to look at the nutrition label. To avoid drinking the entire bottle, checking the label allows consumers to pace themselves.
Healthy Electrolyte Rehydration Mixes
Unlike competitors, electrolyte-packed beverage mixes, such as Ultima Replenisher, don’t have all of the added sugar. These drink mixes are marketed to individuals who work out or need to revive after feeling under the weather. These mixes include minerals such as calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. All of the ingredients are natural and use Stevia as an alternative to cane sugar. Ultima is perfect for those looking for zero calories, zero sugar, and zero carbs. Because of the electrolytes and healthier formula, Ultima aids a wide variety of consumers.
ORS Electrolyte Rehydration
DrinkLyte is similar to Ultima as a drink mix, but DrinkLyte’s formula contains an ingredient that other sports and rehydration mixes don’t provide: the Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS). ORS was created in the 1960s to originally treat those with mild to severe dehydration. It was created by combining water, sugar, and electrolytes. DrinkLyte follows the World Health Organization protocols to ensure that the formula effectively and immediately starts rehydrating. Even though the ORS contains a small amount of sugar, it is only enough to activate the formula. Therefore, because of its formula, DrinkLyte is IV-effective and packs electrolytes into a convenient on-the-go packet or can. This is a suitable product for a wider variety of consumers than other rehydration products. DrinkLyte is also known as a post-alcohol rehydration solution, but the product is also effective for everyday use. Consumers are taking advantage of it by using the product for workouts, jet lag, and fatigue.
Author : Jennifer Dutton, Blog Writer, DrinkLyte Co. "Helping Grow CPG Brands Beyond Their Potential"