As much as 75 percent of all Americans are chronically dehydrated. That’s crazy! And while we usually think of dehydration causing things like fatigue and maybe a headache at worst, the truth is much worse: recent studies have shown that dehydrated drivers make as many mistakes as those under the influence of alcohol. Slowed reaction times, low energy levels, and decreased decision-making abilities aren’t exactly what you want out on the track.
Most of us figure we’ll know if we’re dehydrated by following our bodies cues—namely, being thirsty—but by the time you feel thirsty, you’re actually already dehydrated. And once you’re in that state, it can take as long as 45 minutes to fully rehydrate. The trick, then, is to stay ahead of the game.
Water is great, and we should all drink it regularly. But according to the Cleveland Clinic, water alone isn’t enough to maintain maximum hydration following a long, intense workout (generally workouts lasting 75 minutes or more, or any workout where you’re sweating especially heavily). For maximum results, some sort of electrolyte drink is a tremendous help. The three primary electrolytes—sodium, potassium, and magnesium—work hard to regulate blood pressure and muscle contraction and just generally keep your body firing on all cylinders. Exercising and sweating causes you to lose large quantities of those electrolytes, leading to dehydration and decreased performance at best, and serious health issues at worst.
Back in the day, most of us would reach for a big old bottle of Gatorade, but hydration tech has come a long way since that revolutionary sports drink was introduced. There are lots of options on the market, but HYDR8: Supreme Hydr8tion from ARMA ticks all the boxes because it’s designed by racers, for racers — in this case, Jeremy McGrath, Chad Reed, Nick Wey,andAdam Cianciarulo, among others.
HYDR8’s superior formula features 8 bioavailable electrolytes, with 72 trace minerals in support to get your hydrated and help regulating nerve and muscle function. It’s formulated to provide fast and sustained—and balanced—hydration to ensure you’re running as close to your peak as possible. An exclusive blend of Organic Cane Sugar and Dextrose gets electrolytes into your system quickly, and is enhanced with Bioperine® and chelated amino acid electrolytes for an extra edge. You’ll get an instant glycogen jolt to replenish depleted stores and keep you going through a long day of training or a grueling midweek workout.
ARMA prides itself on best-in-category formulations for all of its products, and HYDR8 upholds that trend. It’s vegan and non-GMO, gluten- and dairy-free with no artificial flavors, no preservatives, and no soy. It’s a purely engineered hydration drink made with moto athletes in mind. And like of ARMA’s existing products, HYDR8 is also Informed Sport Certified and has been tested for banned substances. ARMAnever hides behind so-called “proprietary blends” and has complete label transparency, listing clinically proven dosages of all ingredients.