In a previous article on sports drinks, I discussed the fact that preventing dehydration isn’t the only goal of a sports drink, since electrolytes in sports drinks maintain proper mineral levels for nervous system function and muscle contractions.
Sugar in sports drinks (usually in the form of a simple carbohydrate) provides energy for intense exercise, and since the body only stores enough glucose for about 90 minutes of exercise, consuming carbohydrates from sports drinks during exercise has a proven benefit.
But after a workout, you may not actually want to consume a full bottle of 200-250 calories of pure sugar mixed with electrolytes, especially if you're planning on sitting down to a “real meal” (for health and weight management reasons, I highly encourage the consumption of real food after exercise as an alternative to engineered food).
In the video above, I present three alternatives: electrolyte tablets, a powdered electrolyte/antioxidant blend, and a liquid mineral source. Here are the nutrition labels/information for all three, along with links to get them (note: I do not make any money or get paid by any of these companies when you click on the links).
Sodium (carbonates) 175.0mg
Potassium (bicarbonate) 50.0mg
Calcium (carbonate) 12.5mg
Magnesium (sulfate) 12.5mg
Vitamin C 37.5mg
Vitamin B2 500mcg
Other Ingredients: Citric acid, sorbitol, sodium carbonate, natural flavors, sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, polyethylene glycol, magnesium sulfate, sodium benzoate, calcium carbonate, acesulfame potassium, riboflavin-5-phosphate.
(the “uhydration” blend shown in the video above actually uses stevia, rather than an artificial sweetener)
Serving Size: (2 Capfuls) 1 oz
Servings per Container: 32
Total Carbohydrates 5 (0.05%)
69 fully soluble ionic minerals *
*Daily value not established.
Other Ingredients: Purified water, natural vegetable glycerine, sea minerals concentrate (antimony, barium, beryllium, bismuth, boron, bromine, cadmium, calcium, carbon, cerium, cesium, chloride, chromium, cobalt, copper, dysprosium, erbium, europium, gadolinium, gallium, germanium, gold, hafnium, holmium, iodine, indium, iridium, iron, lanthanum, lithium, lutetium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, neodymium, nickel, niobium, osmium, palladium, phosphorus, platinum, potassium, praseodymium, rhenium, rhodium, rubidium, ruthenium, samarium, scandium, selenium, silicon, silver, sodium, strontium, sulfur, tantalum, tellurium, terbium, thallium, thorium, thulium, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, ytterbium, yttrium, zinc and zirconium), citric acid, natural flavor blend, stevia and potassium sorbate.
If you have questions about low-calorie alternatives to sports electrolyte drinks, then leave your comments below!
Also published on Medium.