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Old 05-07-2007, 02:54 PM   #1
Cassi Nesmith
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I am a big water drinker but need to balance my electrolytes in the hot weather due to a medication I take. Are there any better options than Gatorade?
I feel better when I drink it but it has sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup. I'm wondering if there are better options out there.
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Old 05-07-2007, 03:04 PM   #2
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Emergen-c is good, and they have a "Lite" variety that has no sugar.

Then put some honey in it! j/k :happy:
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Old 05-08-2007, 06:01 AM   #3
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I just recently tried Smart Water, it is water enhanced with electrolytes. It has a slightly salty taste, but when it is cold you can hardly taste it. The best part is there is nothing else in it, no sugar, heavy syrups, etc.

Here is my last post on it.

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Old 05-08-2007, 06:09 AM   #4
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Gookinaid. Now called Gookinaid Hydralyte, I think.

Has all the electrolytes, much less sugar, and the sugar it does have is straight glucose. I've had a lot of success with it.
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Old 05-08-2007, 07:31 AM   #5
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Accelerade. Electrolytes plus whey protein. I am about done with my first bucket of it - not too bad and I like the results.
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Old 05-08-2007, 08:10 AM   #6
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Depending on exactly what your electrolyte needs are, you might want to try making your own. Obviously cheaper, and you can tailor the sugar (if any) and the salts to your own needs. Morton Salt is all sodium, Morton Salt Substitute is all potassium, and Morton Lite Salt is roughly 50/50. Each of the commercial drinks seems to have its own idea about the amount of sodium and potassium (and sometimes other electrolytes), and its own idea about what kind of sugar and how much. I have no idea which formula is best, but google "homemade Gatorade" as a start to find some homegrown solutions, then tweak to whatever you feel works best for you. Lots of ideas out there on the web.
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Old 05-08-2007, 08:12 AM   #7
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Brawndo, The Thirst Mutilator!

I'm with Yael on Emergen-C Lite.
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Old 05-08-2007, 08:42 AM   #8
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You can also try taking a couple electrolyte capsules throughout the day. Then you can drink whatever water/drinks you want and it's probably a lot cheaper.

Here are a couple I know endurance athletes have used, but I'm sure there are others.

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Old 05-09-2007, 10:22 AM   #9
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I started drinking Pedialyte a few months ago, it has half the sugar and calories and more electrolytes than any other sports drink. Most ultrarunners use it.
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:02 AM   #10
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Elizabeth is Pedialyte mostly glucose of fructose?
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