If you crave more than water for your routine hydration this summer but can do without the fake and unnecessary sugars and seek the benefit of electrolyte balance then this natural, balanced electrolyte replacement formula with 13 electrolytes and minerals offers a smart choice. In addition to potassium, magnesium, chloride and other vital ingredients, the formula includes zinc which is lost in small amounts when sweating (in fact, a primer on every ingredient used with its source and rationale is provided here). Mixed with water, the drink is not just for athletes1 but everyday replenishment in adults and children alike. It contains no artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors and has just 16 calories per 8 ounce serving. And, there are no masked animal-derived ingredients or otherwise listed in the ingredient listing as the omnipresent “natural flavors”. It is sweetened with Stevia (extract of the Stevia plant) and Lo Han Guo (extract of the plant native to southern China and northern Thailand) instead of high fructose corn syrup or chemically synthesized sweeteners. The orange flavor often ranks highest for taste, but do also check out the lemonade, grape and red raspberry flavors. Stash the convenient travel pack sizes – great for biking, bikram yoga, air travel (and unfortunate food poisoning while traveling) – and for daily use to combat dehydration from the heat and humidity when out and about during summer months or while in hot dry areas. Users also report it helps to stave off muscle cramping. Just know that this is not an “instant mix” so leave prep time to reconstitute the mixture and let the powder dissolve. And don’t stop with filling only your water bottle: the pediatric serving2 can be used like the popular children’s brand, Pedialyte, in a sippy/training cup for babies drinking liquids other than breast milk and toddlers through 4 years old.
1 It is recommended to check with a trainer, dietitian, etc. to determine your own individual carbohydrate intake needs based on your exercise regimen. This formula contains maltodextrin, a carbohydrate and natural cornstarch for a carbohydrate intake of 4 grams per 8 ounce serving.
2 The pediatric formula is half the serving of the regular (adult) formula so if your child prefers the Grape, Lemonade or Orange flavors over the Red Raspberry marketed for the pediatric version, simply cut the adult serving in half.
Ultima Replenisher® (Orange) photo: source Amazon
Powerade® (Fire Orange) photo: source Photobucket
- No animal derived ingredients
- No high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweetners
- No artificial ingredients, preservatives
- Non-GMO ingredients
- Recyclable packaging