Why do electrolytes accelerate hydration?
Electrolytes like sodium and potassium help facilitate the absorption of water earlier in the digestive systems and allow water to enter the bloodstream faster than water alone. These are a great option for people who are very active and sweat a lot during exercise, recovering from illness, do not enjoy the taste of plain water, or want additional health benefits from their beverage.
What are red flags to look out for when buying electrolyte powders/packets?
Try to avoid products containing sugar alcohols (xylitol, erythritol, glycerol, and mannitol), which in excess can cause GI upset. Electrolyte mixes man contain glucose (sugar) as an ingredient – especially if they are designed to be consumed during endurance exercise. Be aware of the sugar content and make it sure it aligns with any other added sugar intake throughout your day. In general, adults sugar limit added sugar intake to 7 tsp (about 28 grams) per day. When shopping for these types of products, be sure to check the expiration or “best by” date. It is recommended to consume electrolyte powders within 2-3 months after opening.
What are green flags to look out for when buying electrolyte powders/packets?
When shopping for this type of product, check the ingredient list for natural ingredients and natural forms of sugar and sugar alternatives. Natural sugar alternatives include stevia and monk fruit extract. If desired, you can also seek out brands that have been Verified Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project. Electrolyte products should include directions for mixing with quantities of water to ensure the most effective ratio of electrolytes to water.