A common belief amongst endurance athletes is that we must constantly replenish our electrolyte stores while riding. If we run low on electrolytes, we might face problems such as cramping and hyponatremia.
Naturally, you might choose a sports drink such as Gatorade, but what if you don’t need the calories? Or maybe you don’t like the sweet, strong flavor?
You might want to look at ways to get your electrolytes without consuming typical sports drinks. Here are nine products that could fit your needs:
1. Hammer Endurolytes
Endurolytes, a product from Hammer Nutrition, are capsules full of electrolytes. They contain sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, Vitamin B6, and L-Tyrosine.
You can get Endurolytes in pill form, but if you don’t fancy swallowing pills while riding, you can also get a straight Enduroyte powder that can be mixed in with a bottle of sports drink (or plain water, but the salty taste isn’t pleasant.)
2. NUUN tablets
Nuun tablets must be the coolest electrolyte drink available. A Nuun tablet contains sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, so it has the typical electrolytes, but that’s not all.
What’s really cool is that to mix Nuun, you just drop one tablet into your water bottle. Nuun effervesces (i.e. fizzes up) and mixes itself. Also, Nuun comes in a variety of flavors that actually taste good.
Elete is a concentrated electrolyte liquid that contains sodium, potassium, magnesium, and chloride. It is flavorless, so it can be mixed in plain water without a problem.
If you like the crisp taste of plain water and don’t want any calories or artificial ingredients, Elete is the choice for you.
Official website: www.EleteWater.com
4. Ultima Replenisher
Ultima Replenisher is an electrolyte drink mix that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. It appears to have the best variety of ingredients, making it somewhat of a cross between an electrolyte drink and a multivitamin.
It is also low in sugar and contains no artificial ingredients.
Official website: www.UltimaReplenisher.com
5. Essential Electrolytes by NutriBiotic
Essential Electrolytes are pills that combine 100 mg of vitamin C along with electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, chloride, zinc, and chromium.)
These pills are very similar to Hammer Endurolytes (similar amounts of the same ingredients,) except these are half the price.
Official website: www.NutriBiotic.com
Hylytes are electrolyte replenishment capsules which contain sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and L-Tyrosine.
These appear very similar to Hammer Endurolytes, but with lower levels of electrolytes. (And at $9.95 for 24 capsules, they are more than twice as expensive, so I can’t imagine why you’d buy these.)
Official website: www.Hylytes.com
7. CamelBak Elixir tablets
To circumvent the problem of sugary sports drinks causing mold growth in hydration packs, CamelBak decided to make their own drink tablets that are safe for use in hydration pack bladders.
Much like Nuun, these Elixir tabs come in different flavors and contain a variety of electrolytes. And yes, they effervesce when you add them to water, so there’s no mixing required.
Official website: www.Camelbak.com
E-Lyte is a bottled drink consisting of potassium, sodium, magnesium, chloride, phosphate, bicarbonate, and sulfate in a purified water solution. It is concentrated, so you mix a small amount of this into your water bottle.
It sounds most similar to Elete.
Official website: www.CrampNoMore.com
9. ZYM Tablets
ZYM is another electrolyte tablet that dissolves in water, much like Nuun and Camelbak Elixir. ZYM contains Vitamin C, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and B vitamins (B5, B6, B12.)
ZYM also offers a line of tablets containing caffeine.
Official website: www.GoZYM.com
Try one of those drinks or pills at the right time and you’ll feel refreshed, without the extra calories!