Guest post by John Quodomine
I received Nutriforce’s Balanced Hydration as part of a prize package for coming in second in the Superfit DC CrossFit competition recently. Normally I wouldn’t buy a hydration supplement as I tend to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated. However, after receiving this one for free, it made me reconsider.
The product is sweetened with stevia, so there’s no calories from sugar. However, it almost tasted like I was drinking liquified lemon-lime skittles, so it may be a little sweet for some people. I wouldn’t say it’s the absolute best damn thing I’ve ever tried, but in the realm of supplements, it has a great flavor. I was originally a little skeptical since I’ve also tried Nutriforce Pre-workout and Aminos (both fruit punch) and they were terrible, but NutriForce really did a good job with this one. Considering the shallow nutrient profile, it shouldn’t be difficult to make a hydration supplement taste good, though.
This supplement contains 4% DV sodium, 6%DV potassium, a bit of calcium, 13%DV magnesium, and their “glycogenic hydration blend” which consists of glycine and sustamine. Of course, I don’t really take DV’s (daily values) too seriously since I tend to be more active than the general population. But it’s certainly more electrolytes than I would be getting by just drinking plain water. Unfortunately, I’m new to the hydration supplements so I can’t really comment on what additives might make it better or whatnot.
Again, I’m new to these types of things, but you can get 35 servings for about $10 on Muscle & Strength, which is way cheaper than 35 servings of let’s say, Gatorade or something.
I’m not going to give a rating here, but this product certainly seems to do a lot better than just plain water. I’ve been landscaping for the summer and I could go through a gallon of water over a 10 hour day, only use the bathroom once, and it would still be a mild-dark yellow. Using this lately while drinking the same amount of water has resulted in a much clearer stream. On the other hand, the weather has gotten a bit cooler lately so I’m not sweating as much either. In short, I would at least recommend it for people with active jobs or who exercise a lot. During exercise you lose water and electrolytes through sweat. The added electrolytes should help you process water more efficiently and keep you hydrated.
Personally, I would consider actually buying this when I run out of my current supply. I’d likely only use it for the hot summer days or competition days, though.
Strong Figure Conditioning Workout for Tuesday, 10/14/14
For Time: 50-40-30-20-10
You can do thrusters with a barbell, two dumbbells/kettlebells, or one dumbbell/kettlebell. If you don’t have equipment, sub one squat and one push-up for every thruster.