I once decided to hike from the rim to the river of the Grand Canyon in one day. In retrospect, this was a terrible idea, and I should have heeded the many signs telling hikers not to do this. But I was an ambitious fifteen-year-old, so I took those warning signs as a challenge. I walked 16 miles that day in Arizona’s blistering, 100-degree heat. By the time my hellish hike was over, I was on the verge of passing out from dehydration. A few glasses of water wouldn’t cut it — I needed electrolytes to quickly restore all the fluids and nutrients that my body had lost.
Electrolyte powder revived me that day, working much more effectively than water or a sports drink to rehydrate me. So now, I recommend electrolyte packets to every marathon runner, extreme hiker, and cardio lover that I know. These small, convenient packets can quite literally save you a trip to the hospital for dehydration (a very real concern that day at the Grand Canyon).
If you need a recommendation, Amazon shoppers are calling the Amazon Basic Care Electrolyte Powder Packets a “lifesaver” for recovering from long runs...and late nights out. This 2-for-1 product helps to rehydrate your body when you’re experiencing dehydration symptoms, such as thirst, headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, dry skin, constipation, and dark-colored pee. Even better, the price averages out to just $2 a packet.
Electrolytes are crucial salts in your body that keep your heart, muscles, nerves, and brain functioning properly. When you work out, you lose electrolytes in the form of sweat, which is why staying hydrated before, during, and after exercise is so important. You can get electrolytes from drinking water, but when you’ve overdone it on exercise (or alcohol, which also depletes electrolytes), an electrolyte packet can offer faster rehydration. Just mix one packet of the powder with two cups of water, then shake or stir until it dissolves, and take small, frequent sips every 15 minutes.
They’ll also come in handy after a night of drinking to avoid headaches, thirstiness, and the overall “bleh” feeling of being hungover — one Amazon shopper called them an excellent “hangover helper.” Amazon Basic Care’s Powder Packets come in four delicious flavors — cherry, grape, orange, and strawberry lemonade — and many shoppers rave that they actually taste great, unlike some other electrolyte options on the market. Not only that, but one packet also has less sugar than Gatorade or similar sports drinks, so it’s a win-win.
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With more than 900 five-star Amazon ratings, the electrolyte packets are loved by shoppers who say they’re a “delicious and nutritious” way to spring back from hangovers, workouts, and colds.
“This is a perfect hangover cure,” one wrote. “The taste of the powder is great, and it’s super convenient to have a few of them in your purse to keep with you on the go.”
“These packets are a tasty way to replenish the electrolytes that you sweated out during your workout, or due to illness or high heat,” another reviewer added. “They’re easy to mix and blend well with water.” A third said they’re “literally a lifesaver.”
Whether you’re going on a long hike or hosting a happy hour, it’s a good idea to anticipate your body’s needs ahead of time by having electrolyte powder on hand. Pick up the $2 packets now before you really need them — you’ll thank yourself later.