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I saw the tip about the homemade hydration drink in the latest issue.  I've been using a similar recipe during/ after exercising for a year or so now.  I use salt and potassium chloride salt substitute in the same proportions as in BackPacker (1/4 tsp per quart), but I also add a B-vitamin capsule and skip the Kool-Aid.  The B-vitamins obviously help with energy use, and skipping the Kool-Aid eliminates the sugar.  When I'm thirsty during exercise, I can ignore the taste.
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I drink water.  If I start to cramp up at night I add G2 sugarfree.

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I just got some Powerade liquid drink additive. Mountain Berry tastes pretty good, and easier than getting powders to dissolve. It's got electrolytes and an array of vitamins.

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Just water for me, or occasionally some Emergen-C on longer trips as a bit of a multi-vitamin.

Salty foods, dried fruit and snacks provide all the electrolytes I need.


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What is your favorite flavor of Emergen-C ?

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Blech.

Food and water work great. I make Emergen-C sometimes as a pre-meal beverage in a cup. Also tea, or cocoa, or a trail mocha. Sometimes a fruit smoothie. Nothing I don't normally use at home...


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What is your favorite flavor of Emergen-C ?

Depends.  I usually just get whatever sounds tastiest at the time when I pick up a box.

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Page 52-53 for the May edition of Backpacker magazine talks in length about hydrating and electrolyte replacements.  Unless you have specific mineral deficiencies any over the counter electrolyte supplements will suffice.  Personally, I love electrolyte tablets.  They are light and neat.  Drink at the beginning of the hike, before the serious sweating begins.  Don't let yourself lose those precious salts at the onset.
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We got the Emergen-C tropical, and I'm not too big a fan of it.
It tastes too "fake" for my preferences.

When I was in the Army, we would always take whatever flavored
drink packet that we had and add salt to it to make it similar to Gatorade.
Most hikers can get the salt from one of their snacks as GoBlue pointed out.

I personally would be careful about Potassium Chloride, as some people
are sensitive to it, and go into cardiac arrest ...... it was actually
one of Doctor Korvorkian's drugs in the suicide cocktail.

As for some history of Gatorade, it was invented at the University of Florida,
and was originally made from urine.  I believe they filtered it, so that they
could regain the electrolytes that they lost through urination.  It makes me
chuckle when I go past the yellow Gatorade bottle.  
I know, I know... they no longer make it like that... its just funny.

Kool-Aid for a hydrating drink .... there was always this school of thought
that KoolAid is going to dehydrate you, and we always heard that in Scout Camp.  I just don't believe this.  It is made mainly from water, but maybe it
could have some adverse affects if it was made too sugary??

I just stick with water for hydrating personally.
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Just water for me, or occasionally some Emergen-C on longer trips as a bit of a multi-vitamin.

Salty foods, dried fruit and snacks provide all the electrolytes I need.

+1 but I don't do the multi-vitamin.

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Eat a diet that includes salted potato chips, apricots, bananas, raisins and similar - you own't need the drink mixes :-) A bag a day of kettle chips is a great way to feel good at lunch!

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Just water for me, or occasionally some Emergen-C on longer trips as a bit of a multi-vitamin.

Salty foods, dried fruit and snacks provide all the electrolytes I need.

+1 but I don't do the multi-vitamin.

I don't bother on trips a week or under.  Just the longer ones (2 weeks to a month or more), where any unintentional nutrient deficiencies can catch up to me if I'm not careful.

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Here's my recipe.  I've found it really helps in preventing leg cramps

1 pkg Kool-aid type drink mix
1/2 cup sugar (note that this is half the amt of sugar you typically use for Kool-aid)
3/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp potassium chloride (I use "NoSalt" brand)
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G2 sugarfree.

Hmmm...gonna have to try this. I need a little flavor sometimes. Crystal liht is not so tasty to me.

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A bag a day of kettle chips is a great way to feel good at lunch!

No sacrifice too great to keep those electrolytes up (not to mention blood pressure).

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Here's my recipe.  I've found it really helps in preventing leg cramps

1 pkg Kool-aid type drink mix
1/2 cup sugar (note that this is half the amt of sugar you typically use for Kool-aid)
3/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp potassium chloride (I use "NoSalt" brand)

To how much water?
The recipe I was looking at the other day had 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 cup of sugar, to a quart of water. lots of ways to flavor it.  I drink mostly water even when I was a runner.
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Here's my recipe.  I've found it really helps in preventing leg cramps

1 pkg Kool-aid type drink mix
1/2 cup sugar (note that this is half the amt of sugar you typically use for Kool-aid)
3/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp potassium chloride (I use "NoSalt" brand)

To how much water?
The recipe I was looking at the other day had 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 cup of sugar, to a quart of water. lots of ways to flavor it.  I drink mostly water even when I was a runner.

two quarts, so it's pretty close to your recipe.  Once mixed, I usually split it into two snack bags so I can mix a quart at a time.
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I have noticed that most electrolyte replacements are citric acid in some form of drink, chew or goo.  After a little searching on the web I have started making my own.  To 1 quart of water I add 1/2 tsp citric acid, 1/4 tsp potassium chloride (No Salt) and 1/4 tsp sodium chloride.   Its in the early stages of testing but I'm thinking of dropping in a Jolly Rancher for sweetness and to cover the taste.
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Just get some lemonade powder(full of citric acid) and add your salts.

BTW, every recipe I see for electrolyte drinks has baking soda in it.


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Hi...


I recently asked my Nutritionist about that, and she said that a banana or half an orange for breakfast (or the equivalent, of course) along with some diet Gatoraid would be good.

I just got off the phone with Gatoraid, and thay stated that they have it in powered form, generally available where the liquid form is sold.
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What is your favorite flavor of Emergen-C ?

Depends.  I usually just get whatever sounds tastiest at the time when I pick up a box.

Hmm, turn this around.

"What's your favorite Depends?

Emergen-C...

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