By now, you know that hydration is essential to performance. You need to stay on top of your liquid and fueling needs to put out your best effort, especially when training and racing in the summer heat. Physical and mental performance can plunge with as little as a 2 to 3 percent drop in body weight caused by dehydration. (And dehydration can lead to some pretty serious issues like heat exhaustion.)
While sipping plain water is always a good choice for general fluid needs, there are many cases when it’s best to spike your bottle with some extra juice. Whether you need to fuel high mileage, perk up for an interval effort, or combat high heat and humidity, these hydration powders, sports drink mixes, and protein powders can help you go faster for longer or recover quicker.
We took a look at the nutritional profile of each hydration option to figure out which formula works best for the various types of workouts you find yourself doing. Here are the top eight hydration powders that made the cut in terms of nutritional value and flavor.