Electrolyte tablets are a convenient way to stay hydrated.
Written by: Linzay Logan
This piece first appeared in the October issue of Competitor Magazine.
Supplementing your body with electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, chloride and magnesium in addition to sodium is essential to prevent muscle cramps, headaches, nausea, dizziness and fatigue during exercise. However, athletes often fall short in taking in appropriate amounts of electrolytes for the amount of training they do, said sports nutrition writer Adam Kelinson, author of “The Athlete’s Plate.”
It can be difficult to judge the amount of electrolytes an individual requires and much of it depends on the frequency and intensity of your workouts. Taking an electrolyte product’s recommended dose is a good place to start. “Your personal experience is what is most important,” Kelinson said. “No formula will ever match personal experience or trail and error.”
1. GU BREW – $7 for one tube of 12 tablets.
Gu Brew tablets make a light, sweet, refreshing drink after or during a long run on a hot day. The only downside is that it clumps if not shaken well. www.guenergy.com
2. NUUN — $24 for four tubes of 12 tablets.
Pronounced “noon,” these tabs come in 11 flavors from strawberry lemonade, our favorite, to the lightly caffeinated lemon tea. Nuun recently released, Nuun U, an everyday natural hydration drink tab that includes all the same nutrients in milder flavors. www.nuun.com
3. HAMMER FIZZ — $7 for one tube of 13 tablets.
These tabs create a light fizzy drink, reminiscent of flavored sparkling water. Yummy flavors include peach, mango, lemon-lime and grapefruit. www.hammernutrition.com
4. NATHAN CATALYST — $8 for one tube of 16 tablets.
With just a little bit of fizz and a whole lot of flavor, Nathan Catalyst tabs give water quite the punch. Formulated to flavor 22 ounces of water, the tabs can be split in half for smaller water bottles. www.nathansports.com