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This time of year, it’s hard for me to stay hydrated. Texas summer leaves me always reaching for my water bottle, but a southeast Texas “winter” leaves me with comfortable temperatures where it feels great to get some miles outside.
My daily routine consists of 80-100 ounces of water per day. When I’m hydrated, I sleep better; I don’t feel sluggish throughout the day, my skin is in great shape, and it easier to make it through those workouts. It’s also crucial for me to stay hydrated because my sweat is SALTY. I’m the person who has salt rings on all my running gear. Therefore I take my hydration seriously because I want to perform my best during my workouts and training.
To add an extra boost to my winter hydration, I’ve used the NOW® Sports Effer-Hydrate and NOW® Sports Effer-Energy in my water lately. Besides providing the additional benefits of electrolytes, it’s a tasty way to help me meet my water needs throughout the day. As an amateur athlete, it’s easy to overlook the recovery process of stretching, rest, and hydration. These things take a little extra time but are an essential process of what keeps us going. The NOW Sports Effer-Hydrate tablets are a simple way to achieve our goals.
On most days, I start with a NOW Sports Effer-Energy tablet in the morning to make sure I’m kicking off my hydration off right. While I’m not “training” for a big race right now, my workout schedule is regular, with 5-6 days of working out throughout the week. I need to replenish my electrolytes regularly, so I don’t feel sluggish for my next workouts. The tablets include Magnesium (from Magnesium Carbonate) 25 mg, Sodium (from Sodium Bicarbonate), 360 mg, Potassium (from Potassium Bicarbonate), 100 mg, and Green Tea Extract (Leaf) (36 mg of naturally occurring caffeine). I may rely on coffee too much in life as a preschooler’s mom, so it’s nice to have a natural version of caffeine in my life.
And what I love most is it’s >1g of added sugars. If you’ve been watching my videos, you know I’ve been trying to reduce my sugar intake throughout the month. These tablets are an excellent way to jazz up my water without adding all the sugar. I mention these things because I have paid more attention to the things going into my body this month. I want to be intentional about the foods and drinks I ingest throughout the day to fuel me to be the better version of myself.
The taste is light with just enough to know you added something to your water. I did not take these out on the run because of the fizzing nature of the product. But I chose to enjoy the NOW Sports tablets post workouts, especially after those particularly sweaty workouts. These tablets are not harsh on your stomach and are easy to drink post-workout. I’m not a person who is running to eat or drink post-workout/long run, but it’s an essential part of recovery. Having these tablets handy and ready meant the process of workout recovery went smoother. If you fail to plan, you will plan to fail.
The flavors I sampled were orange strawberry, tropical punch, mixed berry, and lemon-lime. My favorite flavor was the NOW® Sports Effer-Hydrate orange strawberry with the citrus notes. The flavor called to me post-workout, but I enjoyed all the flavors. I’m not a lemon-lime type of girl, but this was a refreshing light taste, too. And I only had one NOW® Sports Effer-Energy tube of tropical punch, which tasted great. I don’t drink juice or many other drinks other than water, so it was nice to have a wide range of flavors to choose from to quench my thirst pallette.
The tablets dissolve in water in a short amount of time, usually about 5 minutes to fully dissolve, which is the perfect time to get other things ready while you’re waiting. And it’s always fun to see the tablet dissolve in the water to produce a nice fizzy drink.
My biggest tip for staying hydrated anytime is to carry a water bottle with you that is always full and leave it in full sight. It’s there as a constant reminder to drink when you’re getting in the rush of the day. These tablets are easy to transport in the tube and can quickly pop in your water bottle for a hydration fix. If you see it, you will drink it.
I highly recommend using NOWSPORTS20 to get 20% off your order of NOW® Sports Effer-Hydrate and NOW® Sports Effer-Energy. It’s an easy way to meet aid your body in recovery it needs to keep you going to achieve your goals, plus it tastes so good like you’re drinking a fancy fizzy drink by the pool. If only I had a pool to sit next to while drinking it.
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