Dr. Allen Lim has worked with professional cyclists to develop the very best in hydration solutions. the Daily Electrolyte Drink Mix is no exception. In fact, it is one of the most versatile drink mixes offered by Skratch Labs — perfect for pre-hydration or off-the-bike hydration. It was created as a response to riders constantly complaining of headaches, and they were plagued with stomach problems stemming from improper hydration.
But, the problem didn't stem from not drinking enough, rather that the riders weren't putting the right fluids in their bodies, and the results were both painful and immediately apparent. Unlike many sports drinks, which are formulated around electrolyte or caloric replenishment before or during exercise, the Daily Electrolyte Mix focuses on a preemptive hydration strike to ensure that your body's sodium levels are optimized before physical exertion.
Lim discovered that the rampant headaches that were plaguing his group of pros were not induced by a lack of fluids, but from a lack of sodium — a very typical symptom of dehydration. Essentially, your kidneys regulate fluid retention based on the body's concentration of sodium. When sodium concentration is high, your body is forced to hold on to that fluid to dilute it. But when your sodium levels get too low from sweat loss, the opposite happens and your kidneys must expel that fluid. Lim's mix is designed to keep your body's sodium balance carefully regulated, maintaining hydration while also slowing diuresis. With diuresis slowed, you'll be able to pre-hydrate, and be able to drink more before a race without making those three inopportune bathroom breaks right before your call-up. If these concepts around a sodium-based formula sound familiar, that's because they are. Lim's drink mix contains nearly four times the amount of sodium in many convenience store sports drinks, putting it on par with emergency-grade rehydration salt formulas like Pedialyte, and those used by the World Health Organization to combat severe dehydration.
However, the athletes that helped Lim develop the Daily Mix weren't just complaining of headaches. They were also suffering from severe stomach bloating and flavor fatigue. The second half of Lim's solution was to ensure that his drink was easy and pleasurable to consume day in and day out. To accomplish this, every ingredient from the mix is naturally occurring or naturally sourced from real fruit, which ensures that you're not putting anything into your body that's been chemically formulated or enhanced. Part of what makes the mix so palatable, even during prolonged periods of exercise and constant re-hydration, is the lack of a savoring agent. Generally, chemically-derived flavoring agents, like those ominous natural flavors, tend to remain on your palate, causing flavor fatigue. And in larger doses, they're going to wreak havoc on your gut, too. The mix uses real lemons and limes or raspberries, which are freeze-dried and pounded into powder. This creates a refreshing, super-clean flavor that's easy on your stomach without a lingering aftertaste that wears out its welcome long into your race. This ensures you're not just getting a "flavor" of lemon and lime or raspberry, but you're getting actual fruit in the mix. This is one of the many fundamental breakthroughs behind the Skratch Labs drink mixes. Whether you're staying hydrated during a 24-hour endurance race, or rehydrating after a grueling criterium, they simply taste great.
Lim and his team created two drink mixes, optimizing each for different levels of physical exertion. This mix has a slightly lower salt content, making it Skratch Labs' before exertion or off-bike mix. It's best used for the evening or in the critical pre-hydration hours before a race. It's also slightly lower in calories, but higher in electrolytes to ensure that your body is ideally equipped to perform. The drink's high absorption rate and smooth drinkability allow you to ingest large amounts of it without suffering any nasty digestive aftereffects. This is also due in part to the drink's exceptionally low levels of acidity and lack of any chemically-enhanced flavors.
The Skratch Labs Daily Electrolyte Drink Mix - Box comes with 20 individual packets and is available in an all-natural Lemon & Lime flavor or Raspberry.
- A hydration mix for use before workouts
- Optimizes sodium levels for pre-hydration
- Formulated for easy digestion
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Reviews & Community
Bought this for my wife to use. Here's her take:
I am a cold person. And I hate cold water. It requires significant effort for me to stay hydrated during the day once the temps cool down (or even if my office is just cold). This mix has saved me several times this fall and helped keep me hydrated and ready to exercise after work.
Love this stuff
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love this stuff because I can stay hydrated all day without all sugar. Its great for hydrating the couple days before a long race. Get some!
Cramp? Skratch That!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have learned throughout the years many times that hydration is important and water alone doesn't always cut it. Every time that you sweat you are losing more than just water. An easy way to replenish what I am losing and great flavors to pick from. I like the one serving packages because they are so convent and require little to no thought. Not overly sweet and not thick at all like a lot of other drink mixes.