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Through incredible advertising campaigns, Gatorade has seemingly won a place in the hearts of all people.
Baby Boomers, Generation X-ers, Millennials, Gen Z-ers…people of all ages just love the stuff. It’s ubiquitous!
In our quest for optimal hydration, most of us have grown up drinking Gatorade, accepting it as a “healthy” beverage for the simple fact that it contains…electrolytes!
When attempting to optimize hydration during physically intense activities, while basking in the sun at the beach, or following food poisoning, many turn to this sugar-laden, artificially colored drink.
Don’t get me wrong: Electrolytes are great and certainly serve their purpose!
According to an article published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, “Electrolyte supplementation is generally not necessary because dietary intake is adequate to offset electrolytes lost in sweat and urine; however, during initial days of hot-weather training or when meals are not calorically adequate, supplemental salt intake may be indicated to sustain sodium balance.”
Sure, drinking a Gatorade will give you an electrolyte boost…but it’ll also spike your insulin!
One 20-oz Gatorade Thirst Quencher contains a whopping 34 grams (that’s 8.5 teaspoons!) of sugar.
You know what contains less sugar than a Gatorade? A Butterfinger candy bar! One Butterfinger contains 21 grams of sugar, which is still a lot. So don’t go sprinting for a candy bar!
At this point, you may be asking, “Can’t I just drink a sugar-free ‘Zero’ Gatorade?” No! Don’t do it!
Instead of natural sugar, Gatorade Zero is sweetened with artificial sugars like acesulfame potassium. Acesulfame potassium is 200 times sweeter than natural sugar and may cause the same harmful metabolic effects.
According to a 2015 study, “…data from several epidemiological studies have found that consumption of [artificial sugar substitutes], mainly in diet sodas, is associated with increased risk to develop obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.”
None of the above points to Gatorade as a healthy source of electrolytes. So…what now??
Time for the good news!
There’s a new electrolyte in town that’s not just portable; it’s also 100% sugar-free!
(If you follow this blog, you know that I’m obsessed with all of Pure Vitamin Club’s products. This one is no exception! Read my prior post “Nutrient Deficiency? Foods + Filler-Free Vitamins Can Help!” to learn about the company’s top-notch multivitamin, vitamin D, magnesium, and vitamin B-12.)
Potassium, sodium, and chloride are the three most important electrolytes for optimal hydration. Others are magnesium, calcium, and phosphate.
Each Ultra Salt capsule contains:
- 223 mg sodium
- 352 mg chloride
- 80 mg potassium
- 50 mg calcium
- 30 mg magnesium
- 500 mcg manganese
So Ultra Salt has 5/6 of the most important electrolytes!
Let’s pretend for a minute that Gatorade were healthy and sugar-free. Which electrolytes does Gatorade contain? ONLY sodium and potassium. That’s it!
In soooo many ways, Ultra Salt wins!
But wait…there’s more! The word “pure” is in the company’s name for a reason since Pure Vitamin Club uses only the best ingredients in its products.
Aside from sugar, here’s what else you won’t find in Ultra Salt capsules:
- Dairy products
- Artificial flavors
- Artificial sweeteners
- Artificial colors
Many vitamins and supplements contain unnecessary additives, but not this one! (Click here to learn more.)
Finally, Pure Vitamin Club uses Redmond Real Salt—aka the BEST salt out there!—in its Ultra Salt capsules.
Redmond Real Salt is “the only natural, unrefined, unprocessed, unbleached, ancient pink sea salt mined in the USA. This unique, ethically mined salt also contains over 60 trace minerals, the composition of which closely mirrors that of human blood.”
I take 1-2 Ultra Salt capsules whenever I feel like I need an electrolyte boost. For me, that means:
- After a few cocktails (say BUH BYE to that morning-after-drinking headache!)
- Before and during a long flight to avoid dehydration
- After an intense workout, like spin class
- After a long, hot day at the beach
Bottom line: Ultra Salt capsules have become a hydration staple in my household; I always have a bottle on hand (and a few capsules in my purse for good measure!). Gatorade can officially move waaaaaay the hell over because this electrolyte complex is sugar-free, portable, and more effective!
Will you try Pure Vitamin Club’s Ultra Salt Complex? Or, have you tried it in the past? What do you think?? Please share any thoughts/questions in the comments!
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