What are Hydration Powders?
As the weather gets hotter it is so important to stay hydrated. That’s why this week we are focusing on Hydration Powders.
Hydration Powders are a great way to stay hydrated while on the go. They contain ingredients like electrolytes — including sodium, calcium, and potassium so you can keep your body fueled throughout the day. Lack of electrolytes can cause irritability, fatigue, thirst, lack of endurance, and muscle cramps. However, many hydration powders include ingredients you don't want - like added sugar, sugar alternatives, artificial colors or flavors, and other additives. Let's look at some clean hydration powder options and healthy electrolyte mixes according to Trash Panda!
Hydration Powders to Avoid
The Ensure strawberry chill rapid hydration powder is best to avoid. It includes potentially harmful ingredients like Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Blue 1, and Red 40, which we flag as potentially harmful. Some of these ingredients are linked to cancer, negative gut impacts, and heart disease. The benefits of electrolytes do not outweigh the harmful ingredients.
A Good Hydration Powder
A good but not great alternative to Ensure would be Liquid IV hydration powder. Though, it does contain Potassium Phosphate - which is linked to cardiovascular issues- and Dextrose, that is known to lead to metabolic syndrome and inflammatory diseases.
A Better Hydration Powder
A step up would be Everly hydration drink mix powder. Trash Panda has only flagged three ingredients in this product: Natural Flavor, Erythritol, and Stevia. It’s important to keep an eye out for erythritol because it is known to cause digestive issues and other health impacts.
Best Hydration Powders
We saved the best for last with Goodonya HYDRATE and LMNT electrolyte powder. With only a few flagged ingredients, We have found this to be one of the best hydration powder options. Be sure to check out one of our other blog posts, Hydration with Goodonya for more information about hydration.
Whether you're an athlete looking to enhance performance, someone recovering from illness or dehydration, or simply seeking a quick and easy way to stay hydrated throughout the day, hydration powders can be a valuable tool. With their portability, versatility, and ability to customize flavors and strengths, hydration powders offer a practical solution to stay hydrated and support overall health and well-being. Check out our full list of hydration powders on our new shopping list!
As always, when looking for new products, use the free Trash Panda App to help you identify the best options.