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Skratch Labs: Your Hydration Solution

posted by gumptiongear February 10, 2015 0 comments

Here’s the deal: Your body is constantly in flux, seeking to replenish the fluids lost through your daily activities. Even light exercise can quickly deplete your body’s percentage of water, leaving you suffering the symptoms of fatigue. No fluid means no function, and suddenly your left stranded on the trail with an overtaxed and exhausted body that refuses to take another step. Lucky for you there’s Skratch Labs.

Hydration and Performance…
Whether you’re crushing the crag, knocking out the miles, or simply putting in the work at the gym, that wet stuff fleeing your body isn’t just water, it’s also made up of electrolytes, especially sodium. That means if you’re just drinking water, you may not be replacing everything your body is losing.

Mountain Hardwear Hyaction™ JacketOver the past few months, our team has been experimenting with Skratch Labs Daily Electrolyte Mix and their Exercise Hydration Mix as our hydration solutions.  A definitive upgrade from the veritable cornucopia of sugary sports drinks available to athletes, Skratch Labs has everything you need to replace what you lose in sweat and, just as importantly, nothing you don’t. Compared to almost any other sports drink on the market, Skratch has fewer calories, more electrolytes, and no tongue twisting chem-lab ingredients.

Exercise Hydration Mix
For the days the rubber hits the road and the tread hits the trail, this has become our go-to natural sports drink. It replaces both the fluid and electrolytes you lose when your engine is red-lining while providing just enough calories to help fuel your working muscles. It’s composed of all natural ingredients which means no artificial colors or preservatives that can overpower your stomach and taste buds. And that’s a bonus because it can be hard enough to fight the elements and miles, let alone the added distraction of a sour stomach or sugar headache.MTB

In the same way you avoid gear that weighs you down, there’s nothing refreshing about a hydration mix that weighs down your palate leaving you looking in search of some water to use as a chaser. Whether it’s the Exercise Hydration Mix with pineapple or raspberries, the Skratch mix has a light, crisp and refreshing taste. It not only goes down easy and quenches your thirst, but still tastes good even on days when the sun warms up your bottle.

Daily Electrolyte Mix
The key to performing is making sure your body is hydrated before you put it through any vigorous activity. But even when you’re dwelling in that in-between place of sitting around and training, your body can still benefit from proper hydration. That’s even more true on down days when you’re in recovery mode from conquering a summit or setting a new PR. That’s where the Exercise Hydration Mix comes into play.

Unlike many sports drinks, which are formulated around electrolyte or caloric replenishment before or during exercise, the Daily Electrolyte Mix focuses on a preemptive hydration strike to ensure that your body’s sodium levels are optimized before physical exertion. It has ½  the calories and ⅓ the sodium of the Exercise Mix, which means it’s a perfect option for daily use.

Question: Couldn’t you just drink water instead? Answer: Yup. But even when in chill mode your body is still working and replenishing it with the minerals it needs is kinda like a ‘best practice’ option. Moreover, not everyone revels at the thought of pounding glass after glass of plain water. As such the Daily Electrolyte Mix offers a quality alternative without all of the calories, chemicals and sodium that come in more traditional beverage products.

Bottom Line…
Whenever and wherever a sports drink is your preferred choice, heed your body’s desire for a superior fuel and slip some Skratch Labs goodness into your hydration vessel.

*Gumption Gear Review received a product sample of the item featured in this review from Skratch Labs at no cost, and receives no monetary compensation for this or any related review. The item featured was provided solely in return for our honest views and opinions.

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