The Best Electrolyte Powder Ever

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Electrolyte powders are like snowflakes, no two are alike. Everyone has their favorite or is looking for a new favorite. Is it taste that most matters? Is it the sodium content, magnesium, potassium, or is it simply cost?

Electrolytes maintain fluid balance, muscle contractions and healthy nerve signals. I thought it might be interesting to dig around to learn what the experts think. Evaluation teams at Sports Illustrated reported different results than the experts at Rolling Stone Magazine.

The hit list I put together is copied below. When reviewing the content, keep in mind that not all criteria is valued equally. What may be important to you in a sports drink, may be irrelevant to somebody else. 

Simply identify your level of need (endurance sports, low impact, weights and resistance, other) you can quickly identify which powder will give you what your body needs to perform at its best. 

Click on each hyperlink to learn the how-and-why each favored brand was selected. To see an overview of characteristics, this compilation by Treeline Review is a super handy resource. 

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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier
ROLLING STONE

Nuun Sports Electrolyte Drink Tablet
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INSTITUTE

Key Nutrients Electrolyte Recovery Plus
FORBES
Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Hydration Powder