Water is involved in every bodily function from performance to digestion to temperature regulation and nutrient absorption. And while plain water is great on its own, sometimes adding a couple of vitamins, minerals or superfoods can ratchet up its dietary value. Here’s a selection of heathy, enhanced beverages categorized by their research-backed benefits to consider for your next hydration boost.
Research in The Journal of Nutrition shows that getting adequate amounts of branched-chain amino acids such as leucine, isoleucine, and valine may reduce the duration of exercise fatigue and improve muscle protein synthesis. Electrolytes such as potassium and calcium help maintain fluid balance and assist with muscle contractions, and caffeine can improve physical performance and signal the body to break down fat for energy, according to research published in Food Science and Biotechnology.
ULTIMA REPLENISHER ELECTROLYTE DRINK MIX, sweetened with organic stevia, replaces electrolytes and minerals lost through sweat and exercise to promote hydration and prevent cramping.
$20 (20 stick packs), ultimareplenisher.com
OIKOS PRO FUEL delivers 25 grams of protein, about 20 grams of carbs, and 100 milligrams of caffeine for optimal replenishment.
$2-$2.50, retailers nationwide
CELSIUS BCAA RECOVERY DRINK contains 2.5 grams of BCAAs per bottle as well as vitamin D3, electrolytes, tart cherry juice, and caffeine to energize your workouts and promote recovery.
$25 (12-pack), celsius.com
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