Here’s your no-brainer for the day: the best way to hydrate is simply to drink water. No doubt, water is the tried-and-true hydration solution that’s sustained organic life forms since...well, as long as organic life forms have existed. Whether you’re enjoying a sedentary rest day watching yet another rerun of The Office on the couch or you’re out in the heat running endless laps around the track, the refreshing and hydrating qualities of good ol’ H2O are second to none.
Water Is Essential To Hydration, But So Are Electrolytes
However, when it comes to prolonged periods of vigorous exercise — especially periods of peak athletic performance — water alone does not cut it. Why? That’s because as you profusely sweat, your body is losing key electrolytes that are essential to optimal hydration. Optimal hydration, in turn, is essential for optimal athletic performance. We’ve touched on the importance of electrolytes as well as their role in hydration, so please visit those articles if you’d like to dig a little bit deeper on that.
With so many electrolyte replacement drinks out on the market these days, it’s important to be aware of what you’re putting in your body. Many electrolyte supplement products claim to be healthy, and while they are inherently hydrating, they’re also full of unhealthy ingredients. Below, PureLytes is going to cover a few main ingredients in most electrolyte supplements that you should look out for.
Sugar, Sugar, and More Sugar
While products like Gatorade may not have quite as much sugar per ounce than the average soda, it’s worth noting that a regular 32-ounce bottle of Gatorade can contain up to 56 grams of sugar. Those are also processed sugars from high fructose corn syrup, unlike the natural coconut palm sugar that we use. While sugar is useful for energy during vigorous activity, an excessive amount of sugar from corn syrup is not healthy or ideal.
Ubiquitous with productivity and energy, caffeine can be found pretty much anywhere. As a pre-workout component, caffeine can be very useful, especially if you’re lifting or doing crossfit. However, it’s also worth noting that caffeine is a diuretic and will dehydrate you as a result. Seems a bit counterproductive for a drink that’s supposed to provide hydration, right?
Food Dyes and Other Artificial Flavorings
Consuming an electrolyte supplement with these in them may not negatively affect your performance, but you should note that consuming food dyes and artificial flavorings over time may lead to various health complications in the future (keyword: may). Derived from petroleum, it’s fair to say that artificial dyes are...well, artificial, unlike the dried, organic fruit flavorings that PureLytes uses.
Maximize Your Athletic Performance With PureLytes
If you’re drinking a hydration supplement packed with excess processed sugar and other bad things with the intention of supporting your workout endeavors, why bother? The things that you put into your body result in what you get out of it. With just coconut water, dried fruit, coconut palm sugar, Himalayan sea salt, and Stevia extract, you can trust that you’re getting the highest-quality hydration fuel from PureLytes. Shop today!