Electrolyte drink review comin’ at ya 😎
When do you need electrolytes?
The best fluid to drink is water, before, during & after training & with meals. But if you’re exercising for >60-90 minutes, you need to replenish additional fluids & electrolytes list in sweat. Electrolytes you need in order to hydrate after a long workout, aka a lot of sweating, include:
1️⃣ sodium, sodium, & more sodium
2️⃣ some potassium
3️⃣ a little magnesium & calcium
Why? Because when you sweat, your body loses the following:
Sodium: 450mg +/- 250
Potassium: 80mg +/- 30
Calcium: 25mg +/- 17
Magnesium: 6mg +/- 6
But we’re generally focused on sodium & potassium
Most sports drinks should contain that general pattern of electrolytes. You generally want it to have significant more sodium than potassium, at least twice as much. An excess of sodium is important because it pulls water into the blood (which is why it can increase blood pressure) which is necessary to deliver oxygen, eliminate heat & provide valuable fluid for sweat.
What you DON’T want to do is overload your body with potassium and very little sodium. For example, coconut water. Coconut water is fine if you just want something real to drink when you’re not exercising or for short duration exercise (< 90 minutes or less), but if you’re sweating a lot during prolonged exercise, it’s definitely the wrong choice. It contains 540mg potassium per 8 oz!
Water & juice are NOT sufficient 🙅🏻♀️for prolonged exercise due to the fact that they have zero sodium or potassium. Consuming solely water without sodium & potassium after a long sweaty workout will dilute your low electrolyte blood balance even further.
I know you guys want to know my preference in each specific electrolyte drink & that’s coming SOON! But til then, rest assured I’ve tried all of the ones in the photo (that you guys requested! @ @ @ @ ) plus generic ones like Gatorade & can confidently say they are all GREAT go to’s!