Buying Guide to Electrolytes

Buying Guide to Electrolytes

Hydration and endurance running go hand in hand. More than 2% of loss in body weight due to dehydration can impair exercise performance severely. The key role of fluid intake during running is that it maintains hydration, body temperature and adequate plasma (blood) volume. All of these are key to performing at your best.

While running, we lose lots of fluid and along with-it electrolytes. Electrolytes are essential minerals (Sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium) that support important processes within the body including muscle contraction, blood pressure, and nerve signaling. Replenishing these electrolytes is key to running performance.

Here is a quick summary based on contemporary research of key electrolytes their role in running performance.

Key Electrolytes

Electrolyte How they help?
Sodium It is the most important electrolyte as it is continually lost in sweat. Sodium is important for muscle contraction, nerve impulse generation, and in the absorption of water, and carbs. So it is key to maintain fluid balance and energy levels. Not to mention, Sodium also improves palatability, making it easy to take during endurance activities.
Potassium Potassium depletion can cause symptoms such as disorientation and muscle weakness. Hence it is equally important to replenish it
Magnesium Magnesium loss is minimal in sweat. While some reasearch indicates it may help in avoiding muscle cramps, it is not proven. So the only reason to add magenisum is to keep the fluid isotonic (same levels of electrolytes as in blood plasma)
Calcium Calcium has many benefits including bone health, prevention of muscle cramps etc., however its' inclusion in Electrolyte drink has shown no proven benefits.

When it comes to replenishing lost electrolytes, there are various options - electrolyte drinks, electrolyte tablets, salt capsules, electrolyte drink mix powders. Maintaining electrolyte balance and staying hydrated is not just confined to during running, it is equally important to think about them leading up to an event. So next time when you are out running or are gearing up for an event, keep yourself hydrated and your electrolytes stocked.

There are plenty of electrolyte product options in India now, targeting the growing consumer base who are taking up endurance activities to be fit. A quick search on Amazon for Electrolytes shows hundreds of products. But sadly, most of them are packed with questionable ingredients, and not the best fit for running as an activitiy.

We have researched the Electrolyte options available in India, their ingredients, popularity, reviews, and compiled a buying guide to make it easy to buy electrolytes based on price, performance, and your specific electrolyte needs. Each product also has an affiliate link to buy on amazon. Please support us by buying using these links. Your support means a lot. Happy Training!

Here is the list of Electrolytes we have short-listed. The list sorted by the average user rating on Amazon.in

Top Electrolytes by User Rating

How to choose Electrolytes?

  • Cost Per Serving - How much does it cost per serving is an important factor. Plese see the chart below.
  • Portability - For those running long, carrying electrolytes along is an important consideration. Of the three forms of Electrolytes, effervescent tablets are the most easy to carry for longer runs. Next comes, electrolytes in powder form. Drink form is the harder among these to carry.
  • Palatability - Most electrolytes come in multiple flavors. We find that mixing up different flavors is a good idea over a long run. Drinking the same flavor over and over again, make it less palatable.
  • Contents - This is the most important of all. Those who sweat heavily may prefer electrolytes with higher sodium content, while runners prone to muscle cramps (and running longer distances) might benefit from higher potassium content. Content of carbs may be of importance, if runners are exclusively dependent on electrolyte drink and not using energy gels along.
Cost per serving of 250ml drink

Electrolytes with minimal or no Carbs(Sugar)

Fast&Up Reload

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20 Effervescent Tablets in a tube

Each tablet makes 250 ml of drink

Buy on Amazon

ElectroFizz

ElectroFizz

12 Effervescent Tablets in a tube

Each tablet makes 250ml of drink

Buy on Amazon

Ketofy Keto Electrolytes

Keto Electrolytes

200g of Powder

5g makes 330ml of drink

Buy on Amazon

Electrolytes with Carbs(Sugar)

Enerzal

Enerzal

1 kg of Powder

15g makes 200ml of drink

13.5g of carbs per 15g

Buy on Amazon

Gatorade

Gatorade

500ml drink

6g of carbs in 500ml

Buy on Amazon

XLR 8

XLR 8

1 kg of Powder

33g makes 100ml of drink

6g carbs in 100ml

Buy on Amazon

Wildbuk Isotonic

XLR 8

1 kg of Powder

33g makes 100ml of drink

6g carbs in 100ml

Buy on Amazon

Enerzal Blitz

Enerzal Blitz

500ml drink

7g carbs in 100ml

Buy on Amazon

MB Isotonic

MB Isotonic

1kg Powder

33g makes 500ml of drink

31g of carbs in 33g

Buy on Amazon

Cipla Prolyte

Cipla Prolyte

200ml drink

18.4g of carbs in 200ml drink

Buy on Amazon

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