Friday, June 11, 2010
Now that it's pushing 100 degrees every day (shudder) I have been looking for a decent electrolyte drink mix. As you probably already know, when it gets this hot and you are doing a lot of exercise or activities outside, we need to drink a lot of fluids. In addition to water, we need to drink things with electrolytes in them (potassium, sodium, magnesium, etc.), in order to preserve the balance of the electrolytes in your body. Electrolytes are the electric conductors of our body and they are essential for normal body function. When you are outside exercising a lot, if you drink enormous quantities of just plain water it is entirely possible to get hyponatremia, in which, basically, you dilute yourself too much! (Happened to a guy at the Hotter than Hell bike race a few years ago and it is not a good thing.)
So, inspired by PINKCOCONUT's absolutely fabulous reviews of fueling options for runners, I have decided to try a few electrolyte drink mix tablets, and do reviews of them! I chose drink mix tablets instead of actual drinks or powders for a few reasons:
- Tablets are easier to carry around than actual drinks or powders. So if you're going to be hiking, biking, or just walking long distances, they're more convenient than trying to bring a liter of water.
- Of course, this does only work if you know you're going to have access to water, but most supported bike rides do have access to water, and you are likely to be able to find water at most 7-11 type places as well. Or even the water fountain in the park!
- Tablets are more eco-friendly than buying loads and loads of bottled electrolyte drink (and having to deal with the plastic bottles.)
- Tablets can be mixed to the taste you desire (just like powders) but they're not as messy as powders.
- And usually, because of being so small, tablets are fairly low-carb and low-calorie. I'd rather spend my calories on snacks than a drink any day!
So I have found three types of tablets to start off with. My criteria was that I could order them off Amazon because I get free shipping, haha! But if anyone has any other kinds of tablets that they would like me to try, just post and let me know.
To start off with, I will be reviewing:
Camelbak Elixir (Lemon Lime Flavor)
Zym (Lemon Lime Flavor)
Stay tuned, the Nathan Catalyst review is coming up first!