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5 great electrolyte drinks you can buy to help you replenish after exercise

Published by Finn Hayden

When most of us do exercise, we drink water to help us recover. But if you've ever watched professional athletes then you might have seen that they usually go for an electrolyte drink instead of water.

You might think this is overkill and that water would do the same job, but these electrolyte drinks are actually really useful. This is because electrolytes help your body to replenish fluids.

There are lots of electrolyte drinks out there to choose from so we thought it would be useful to round up the best electrolyte drinks you can buy in the UK. Let's get into it:

Applied Nutrition Body Fuel

Applied Nutrition is a brand which is well-known for selling a variety of protein products, but we feel that the electrolyte drinks from this brand deserve more recognition. Each bottle of the Applied Nutrition Body Fuel contains 665mg of electrolytes which are highly bioavailable, meaning your body can use them effectively. The 5 electrolytes found in each bottle include sodium, calcium, potassium, chloride, and magnesium. The drinks also contain B vitamins and BCAAs which further help with recovery. The drink is available in 6 different flavours. These drinks are also Informed Sport approved which means they're extensively tested before they're put on sale. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Applied Nutrition Body Fuel

Tenzing

If you're looking for an electrolyte drink which is 100% natural and tastes delicious then we think that Tenzing is an excellent choice. Made from 100% plants, these drinks are not only all natural and very delicious but they're also packed with electrolytes. Each 250ml can contains 125mg of electrolytes from Himalayan Rock Salt, including potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These drinks also contain green tea and green coffee which give you a caffeine boost along with the electrolytes. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk

Tenzing

Sis

Science in Sport (SIS) sell a fantastic electrolyte powder which also contrains a blend of carbohydrates too. It is a great powder to use as a two in one; energy and hydration.

Each serving contains 20 mmol/L of sodium, 27mgs of calcium, 5mg of magnesium, 60mgs of potassium and 36g of carbohydrates. That is almost everything you need from a drink to boost your energy and hydration while performing.

You can pick this powder up in decalthlon and it is also available online across the internet.

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Wow Hydrate Electrolyte Water

Each of the electrolyte waters within the Wow Hydrate range contains 3 essential electrolytes - Calcium Lactate, Magnesium Carbonate, and Sodium Chloride. The first 2 contribute to nerve and muscle function, and Sodium Chloride increases fluid absorption and retention. Alongside the electrolytes, this water also contains Vitamin C, B6, and D, and it's also free from sugar. Flavours include Lemon & Lime and Orange. Wow Hydrate collects reviews via Trustpilot, and the brand is currently sitting with an 'Excellent' rating of 4.6 out of 5 from more than 1000 reviews, which is really impressive. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

WOW Hydrate

ActiPH Water

We included the ActiPH water at the top of our alkaline water guide because we're big fans of it, and one of the things we really love about this water is that it has added electrolytes. The electrolytes are added to Shropshire spring water, and it's a unique blend of electrolytes which includes Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium. We actually really like the taste of this water and think it has a lovely crispness to it. Learn more and buy it here - hollandandbarrett.com

ActiPH water

Lucozade Sports Fit Water

Just like the ActiPH water, the Lucozade Sport Fit Water is water with added electrolytes. Unlike most of the other drinks in this guide and unlike what you'll find in normal Lucozade, it's unflavoured and very simple - it's just spring water with added electrolytes. But it's the simplicity of this drink that we actually really like - each bottle contains 4 key electrolytes, which are Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium & Chloride. Each serves a different purpose, with Sodium & Chloride helping to replenish, Calcium helping your muscles, and Magnesium helping with electrolyte balance. If you're looking for a straightforward electrolyte drink with nothing else added, this is probably the best you can get. Learn more and buy it here - lucozade.com

Lucozade Sport fit water

We really hope this guide helps you to find an excellent electrolyte drink! Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us to try.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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