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People lose electrolytes through sweating, exercise, and illness. Electrolyte powder can help people recover these minerals and promote exercise ability and recovery.

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The following table compares the electrolyte powders in this article on price, flavors, and more.

List priceServingsFlavorsSugar per serving
BodyHealthfrom around $2430 or 60 servings• strawberry
• mixed berry
• watermelon
• orange
Key Nutrientsaround $2020 servings• peach mango
• blue raspberry
• cherry pom
• grape
• lemonade
• lemonade/raspberry
• orange
• pink lemonade
• raspberry
• watermelon
UCANaround $1512 servings• watermelon
• berry
• lemon-lime
• pineapple
Pure Encapsulationsaround $2840 servingslemon-lime3.5 g
Vital Proteinsaround $2621 servingstropical blast1 g
Orgainaround $2716 servings• orange tangerine
• berry
• lemon-lime
• mango
9 g
Nuun Sportaround $3040 servings• juicebox mix
• citrus berry mix
1 g
Ultima Replenisheraround $2020 servings• blue raspberry
• cherry pomegranate
• grape
• lemonade
• mixed fruit
• mocktini
• orange
• pink lemonade
• raspberry
• tropical
• watermelon
Kagedaround $3060 servings• glacier grape
• apple limeade
• fruit punch
• orange mango
• pink lemonade
• strawberry yuzu
• watermelon (caffeinated)
less than 1 g

People may consider the following before purchasing electrolyte powders:

  • Length of workout: People who are working out for shorter periods of time — up to 1 hour — are unlikely to need to replenish their electrolytes. Longer workouts that lead to muscle cramping are a sign a person may need electrolytes.
  • Ingredients: Many powders contain additional ingredients, such as caffeine, fruit and vegetable extracts, and vitamins. People with allergies should always check the ingredients list before purchasing.
  • Sweeteners: An electrolyte powder usually has either cane sugar or stevia to sweeten the taste. People who are on sugar-restricted diets, or those who are sensitive to sweeteners, should always check how manufacturers sweeten their products.
  • Form: Some companies offer containers of loose powder, whereas others offer individual serving sachets or tablets. People should decide which is most beneficial for their uses before purchasing.

The body requires an appropriate level of electrolytes in order to perform basic activities, such as maintaining fluid balance, muscle contraction, and a functioning nervous system.

Athletes of all levels may use electrolyte powders before, during, and after workouts to support their ability to perform and recover from exercise.

Electrolytes are also beneficial for people who are recovering from an illness, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Those living in hotter or more humid climates may need electrolytes to replenish the minerals they lose through sweating.

People who are exercising for over an hour should consider using electrolyte powder before, during, and after intense exercise. If a healthcare professional prescribes or recommends electrolytes, a person should take them as directed.

It is important to follow the instructions from the manufacturer when mixing the powder or tablet with water. Usually, a person mixes one scoop, a single-serving packet, or a tablet with up to 16 oz of water.

Here we answer some common questions about these products.

Is it OK to drink electrolyte powder every day?

Most electrolyte powder manufacturers recommend using their products whenever a person exercises or needs a hydration boost.

However, it is possible drinking electrolytes unnecessarily can lead to high levels of potassium, sodium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, and phosphorus. Having too much of these minerals in the body can lead to health concerns, such as seizures and arrhythmia.

How do I know if my electrolytes are low?

People may have low electrolytes if they experience:

People who are dehydrated often have low electrolytes. Symptoms of dehydration include thirst, dark yellow urine, less frequent urination, and dry mouth.

Are powdered electrolytes good for you?

Powdered electrolytes offer a quick and easy way to hydrate and replenish electrolytes.

Electrolytes are minerals that the body needs to perform basic functions. People who exercise, live in hot or humid climates, or who have an illness that leads to dehydration, may benefit from electrolyte supplementation.

There are several options available to purchase online. People should always read the ingredients list to ensure it is suitable for their needs.