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If it feels like everyone is talking about sugar-free alternatives, it's because the evidence linking sugar intake to negative health impacts couldn't be more clear.
When it comes to hydration, however, reducing sugar intake is more challenging but the effort to cut sugar out of your electrolytes is worth it.
UNDERMINE ELECTROLYTE FUNCTION
When we consume sugar, a plethora of metabolic reactions take place that ultimately undermine the optimal hydration benefits you're looking for in an electrolyte supplement.
Our cells begin to transfer water from other places that cues more frequent urination, leading to lower fluid and electrolyte levels than before.
Furthermore, the energy spike from sugar is short-lived and when your blood sugar drops, the fatigue, brain fog and mood disturbances set in—all of which can be counteracted with sugar-free hydration and electrolyte products.
CLARITY ON SODIUM ABSORPTION
While proponents of sugar and electrolytes together will cite how glucose helps the absorption of sodium in our bodies, the amount of glucose needed is actually miniscule and most people often have enough stored up in their bodies from their diet to suffice.
A lot of this knowledge stems from brands whose hero product contains 11g of sugar in every serving—or, by weight, 69% of the stick itself.
Furthermore, there are other elements like potassium and vitamins like B1, B5, and B6—all of which are present in Buoy’s electrolyte offerings—that support routine electrolyte function.
THE BITTERSWEET TRUTH
Simply put: most electrolyte products optimize around taste and flavor, not function.
If sodium absorption is your end goal, then the form factor and salt source should be a part of the conversation. Traditional electrolyte products are delivered in powder and tablet form which don’t evenly dissolve may be harder on sensitive stomachs to absorb.
Liquid electrolytes, like Buoy’s Hydration Drops, can be up to three times more bioavailable than traditional supplement forms like pills, powders and dissolving tablets.
Furthermore, most electrolyte products use cheaply manufactured and processed forms of salt like table salt, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium chloride (road and rock salt) and sodium benzoate (a known carcinogen), all of which negatively impact our ability to absorb and use the sodium we’re intaking whether we have any sugar or glucose in our systems.
MORE DEHYDRATED THAN BEFORE
Focusing on sugar is an easy selling-point: it tastes good and provides a nice dopamine hit. But the optimal benefits and functions electrolyte supplements support are often mitigated by sugar intake: lower energy, less motivation, worse moods, brain fog and even worse skin.
In excess, sugar consumption can make these symptoms persistent and chronic and will make any of the benefits you experience from hydration products short-lived.
POTASSIUM AND B VITAMINS
When looking for electrolyte supplements, look beyond just the sugar count and focus on the host of other molecules that will help the primary electrolyte sodium ease its way into every cell and system quickly.
For those cutting back or eliminating sugar from their electrolyte intake should focus on getting the key sodium transporters like potassium and specific B vitamin complexes into their diet to expedite your body’s ability to use sodium.
Did you know avocados have more potassium than bananas? Here's a grocery list electrolyte rich foods packed with minerals to electrify your diet:
Roots — Some roots like Beets are electrolyte superstars rich in both the principle electrolytes but also important trace minerals like, Managnese, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Boron, Silica and Selenium.
Leafy Greens — Healthy foods like collards, kale, spinach and others tend to be high in Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese and Iron.
Fruits — Avocadoes, Watermelon, raspberries, bananas and coconuts can be a great, refreshing source of the principle electrolytes, yet for those watching their sugar intake it would be wise to prioritize the food higher on the list.
Vegetables — Tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet potatoes are electrolyte and mineral dense food, especially if buying from organic and regenerative farmed soil.
Cutting back on your sugar consumption is one of the biggest factors to balancing a healthy diet.
Not only does sugar impact your physical and mental health, but it completely disrupts your gut's microbiome and ability to process and digest food.
Our bodies can only handle so much sugar at once and the excess is sits in our bowels where it begins to ferment and feed bad gut bacteria. The fermented sugar makes its way through our digestive system at a much slower pace than normal food, prolonging the damage and inflammation to our gut's lining, bacteria balance and immune response.
Even if eating a healthy diet, too much sugar can compromise your gains elsewhere.
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