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Do You Need Electrolytes?

Imagine that you just had an intense workout and you are sweaty or maybe you’re feeling a little run down, like your body is missing something. Yes, you probably need ELECTROLYTES!  Electrolyte replenishment is essential for some people (if you sweat a lot or exercise in the heat). Pay attention for symptoms of depletion (cramping, muscle spasms, weakness, dizziness).

When people think of sports drinks and electrolyte replenishment, they think Gatorade.  Unfortunately, most popular sports drinks are bad news.  For example, one bottle of Gatorade Thirst Quencher contains 34 grams of sugar, artificial coloring, preservatives, table sugar and salt and some flavors add soybean oil.  Checkout the horrible ingredients (to the right).

There are plenty of healthier electrolyte alternatives for you and your kids!  We’ve done the research evaluating ingredients, sugar/sweetness, and flavor.  We would love your feedback…  What’s your favorite?  Have we missed any quality products?

Ultima Replenisher  (3 different flavors)

  • Form: Powder
  • Ingredients (for Orange flavor): Citric acid, natural orange flavor, beta-carotene (color), rebaudioside A (organic stevia leaf extract) and beet juice (color)
  • Sweetness: No added sugar, flavor is sweet (stevia added)
  • Notes: Contains all 6 electrolytes (phosphorus, calcium, potassium, chloride, sodium, and magnesium), plus added minerals for enhanced hydration

Pride Naturals – Electrolyte Powder (3 different flavors)

  • Form: Powder
  • Ingredients: Natural flavors, citric acid, stevia leaf extract, vegetable juice
  • Sweetness: No added sugar, flavor is sweet (stevia added)
  • Notes: Contains all 6 electrolytes, and Vitamin C

Trace Minerals: Power Pak (various flavors)

  • Form: Powder
  • Ingredients: Organic cane sugar, natural flavoring (black currant, wild berry, and grape), citric acid, stevia leaf, silica, and over 72 naturally occurring ionic trace minerals
  • Sweetness: 1 gram of sugar, tastes sweet (sweetened from stevia and cane sugar)
  • Notes: Contains full spectrum trace minerals from seawater; also contains 1200 mg Vitamin C, selenium, zinc, and manganese (antioxidants).

Nuun Hydration (various flavors)

  • Form: Tablets
  • Ingredients: Citric acid, dextrose, natural flavor, malic acid, avocado oil, stevia leaf extract, beet root powder color, riboflavin (for color)
  • Sweetness: 1 gram of sugar, tastes sweet (sweetened with monk fruit and stevia)
  • Notes: Has all 6 electrolytes and comes in a small little tub that is easy to carry around.

HiLyte Electrolytes

  • Form: Drops
  • Ingredients: Sea minerals, concentrated low-sodium sea minerals, purified water, potassium chloride, plant sourced citric acid, zinc sulfate
  • Sweetness: Salty, they suggest to drink it with fresh lemon juice; overall taste is 4.1/5 on Amazon
  • Notes: Contains high amounts of potassium, magnesium, and zinc, all natural with ionic sea minerals


  • Form: Drops
  • Ingredients: Purified water, sea minerals, concentrated low sodium sea minerals, guar gum, potassium sorbate
  • Sweetness: Has a strong taste without any sweetness, suggested to squeeze lemon or lime and to not eat on an empty stomach
  • Notes: Contains high amounts of zinc, potassium, magnesium and sea minerals

*Natural coconut water contains five key electrolytes: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus; It does not need any added powders, drops, or tablets. It has a semi-sweet flavor and can be found in most grocery stores.  Monitor grams of sugar and preservatives (read ingredients).

Betsy’s Suggestion:

Overall, all seven options are natural ways to replenish electrolytes.  Personally, I do not like the SWEET flavor from the products sweetened with stevia.  On the other hand, the salty products do not taste great as well.  Try mixing the two different types of electrolytes for a more balanced taste.

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Discuss: “Do You Need Electrolytes?”

  1. May 19, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi Betsy–What do you think of Smart Water? It is supposed to have electrolytes but doesn’t have a sweet or salty taste. Just wondering.

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