10 Hydration Powders That Will Take Your Glass of Water to the Next Level
Did you know that, according to researchers, 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated? That's a pretty shocking statistic, but stay calm. Increasing your water intake can help—and so can hydration powders, which replenish the nutrients your body loses while it is in a dehydrated state. These powders are formulated to dissolve when mixed into water and provide a boost in essential minerals and electrolytes. They're especially beneficial to drink after exercising when you've likely sweated out the electrolytes that keep your body in tip-top shape. "Hydration packets have sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium in them to help the body move fluids around efficiently," explains Holly Klamer, MS, RDN. "These minerals can also be lost in sweat. Therefore, a hydration packet can help quickly replace them."
With so many different hydration powders on the market, however, how can you be certain you're drinking the right formula for your needs? "You should choose an option that provides the electrolytes you are specifically looking for," adds Leah Forristall, RD, LDN. "For most athletes, active individuals, or anyone who is simply sweating a lot on a hot day, this will be sodium and potassium." Once you start adding hydration powders to your water, Steve Theunissen, RDN, says you can expect to experience physical benefits including regulated blood pressure, balanced blood pH, and improved muscle contraction. Ahead, we've rounded up some expert-recommended options to help you keep your electrolyte levels in order.