If you’ve ever craved lemonade or Gatorade after a strenuous workout or day in the sun, then you know how water, electrolytes, and a bit of carbs can help you come back to life. But for those who want to avoid a few teaspoons of sugar, there are plenty of excellent options for keeping H2O in your body.
Liquid I.V. is considered one of the top choices for rapid hydration. It’s a good option if you’re performing at a high level or sweating a lot. It comes in single-use packets and contains 11 vitamins and minerals including C, B3, B5, B6, and B12. Although it doesn’t taste too sweet, it contains 11 grams of sugar, which is an advantage if you’re depleting your muscles’ glycogen stores.
Ultima is a good choice if you’re looking for a sugar-free drink stacked with electrolytes to keep the keto flu—electrolyte imbalances caused by your body releasing water stored in its muscles—at bay. Unlike the Liquid I.V., this one only contains six electrolytes: magnesium, potassium, sodium, chloride, calcium, and phosphorus. It is vegan and has a clean, unprocessed taste. Flavor options include cherry pomegranate, grape, lemonade, orange, and raspberry.
Keep a container of these hydration tabs in your gym bag and deploy as needed. It’ll keep you going during your grueling Crossfit workout, basketball game, or spin class and comes in delicious flavors like fruit punch and strawberry lemonade.