hydration supplements

How Do Hydration Supplements Work?

By Brittany Risher

You know the most basic rule for staying hydrated: Drink more water. Our bodies need water to perform just about every essential function, including regulating body temperature, lubricating joints, digesting food, and much (much!) more.

But when it comes to workout performance, you might need a bit more than plain water can provide; you might also need to replenish electrolytes lost during your workout — especially if that workout is long and intense. Enter hydration supplements such as LADDER Hydration, which contains electrolytes for rehydration and recovery.*

Help your body stay nourished and fight fatigue with LADDER Hydration! Shop all LADDER supplements here.

How Does LADDER Hydration Work?

You're not only losing water when you work out. Sweat also contains electrolytes like sodium and potassium, and these electrolytes support hydration. Hydration supplements can help to replace these electrolytes.

LADDER Hydration provides sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium in specific ratios. This supplement has been carefully formulated for fluid replacement and supporting peak performance, explains Dr. Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA, FACSM, FISSN, who helped formulate the product.

Why is this important? Losing as little as 2 percent of your body weight in water — that's three pounds for a 150-pound person — can impair aerobic performance, anaerobic performance, and cognition.

LADDER Hydration also contains sugar — and while it's smart to avoid too many added sugars in your diet, in this case, your body needs the carbs.

"Decades of research suggests that the inclusion of carbohydrates, combined with electrolytes, is the an efficacious way to rehydrate around exercise," Smith-Ryan says.

When Should I Use LADDER Hydration?

Don't wait until you're dripping with sweat during an intense workout or while exercising in the heat to replenish those fluids and electrolytes. Mix a serving of LADDER Hydration into a 16-ounce water bottle and sip every few minutes. This will help maintain your hydration and performance so you can give your all.

If your workout lasts an hour or longer, you may want to have an additional packet or scoop for every additional 60 to 90 minutes of exercise.

How Does LADDER Hydration Compare to Other Hydration Supplements?

Many hydration supplements don't supply enough electrolytes or any carbohydrates, but LADDER Hydration is designed to provide just what you need to help you keep performing at your peak.

"Typically, an effective hydration product is higher in sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium than our typical daily beverages," Smith-Ryan says.

Another benefit: LADDER Hydration is super portable. It comes in single-serving packets that you can throw in your gym bag or purse and add to water in a shaker cup anytime.

When choosing hydration supplements, it's important to know the product you use will deliver the results you expect. All LADDER products are NSF Certified for Sport. NSF's Certified for Sport program verifies that these products do not contain unsafe levels of contaminants, prohibited substances or masking agents, and that what is on the label matches what is in the product.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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