The importance of hydration is a frequently discussed topic within the fitness community. Sugary sports drink companies, commercials, and paid athletes are constantly telling us how important it is to hydrate.
I think it’s safe to say that almost everyone knows the importance of hydration, whether you work out or not. That doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone does it correctly.
When it comes to hydrating properly after or before a workout, not just any drink is going to cut it. You need something that is going to provide electrolytes to your body.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of electrolyte infused drinks and supplements on the market today are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. This makes it difficult for those of us who care about what we put into our bodies.
I was in between a rock and hard place about electrolyte supplements until I stumbled upon Ultima Replenisher in Whole Foods about a year ago, and it’s been a life saver.
Ultima Replenisher is a natural electrolyte powder that can help you replace those important electrolytes without consuming loads of sugar and artificial ingredients.
In this Ultima Replenisher electrolyte powder review, I am going to give you a breakdown of everything you need to know about this supplement before you buy!
What are electrolytes
I’m going to start with a basic explanation of what electrolytes are and why you should care about them. All the misinformation out there has people confused.
Without getting too scientific here, electrolytes are minerals that carry an electric charge. This charge allows them to move electrical signals and charges throughout the body.
Electrolytes are important because they are what your cells use to maintain voltages across the cell membranes. They also work to carry electrical impulses, like muscle contractions, across themselves and other cells.
They are used to generate energy and play a role in almost every major biochemical reaction in the body. When your electrolyte levels become depleted or imbalanced, it can cause some major issues.
We lose electrolytes during a loss of bodily fluids, typically sweat. The more you sweat, the more electrolytes you are likely to lose. Continually losing electrolytes without replacing them can cause an imbalance within the body.
Common symptoms of electrolyte imbalance include anxiety, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, headaches and changes in blood pressure. Nasty stuff that you want to avoid. Particularly when you are working out.
There are 6 minerals our bodies need that make up the electrolyte spectrum being Calcium, Chloride, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium and Sodium.
While it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking water no matter what level of physical activity you do, water does not actually contain electrolytes and can even deplete them if you are drinking too much.
This is why it’s important to find something that specifically contains electrolytes and ensure that you are replacing what you lose through sweating.
Ultima Replenisher electrolyte powder
Ultima Replenisher is a natural electrolyte powder designed with the health-conscious person in mind. If you’re on this site, you likely care about what you put into your body and what you give to your family.
Ultima Replenisher is non-GMO project verified, vegan, paleo friendly, keto friendly and gluten-free. It contains zero calories, sugars or artificial flavors/ingredients. It’s sweetened with organic stevia leaf and is caffeine-free.
It contains the 6 electrolytes I mentioned above as well as additional minerals to help you rehydrate and recover no matter what type of activity you do.
According to the creators of Ultima Replenisher, the current formula was designed with the entire family in mind and is suitable for children and seniors. Two groups who are both prone to dehydration.
Ultima Replenisher is designed for rapid hydration. Unlike other sports drinks, it contains zero carbohydrates. This is important because it takes time and energy to digest carbohydrates. Without them, your body is able to absorb the formula and get hydrated faster.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have any desire to get my carbohydrates from supplements or drinks. If I really need them, I will get them from my food.
Ultima Replenisher currently comes in a variety of flavors to include raspberry, pink lemonade, grape, cherry pomegranate, orange and lemonade.
With the exception of pink lemonade and cherry pomegranate, I have tried all the flavors. My favorite flavor by far has been raspberry. It’s been a while since I’ve tried the others, but if my memory serves me right, they were less than stellar. Not disgusting, but just not nearly as good.
Raspberry tastes delicious and I can drink it all day long. That being said, it is sweet, and it may not be your thing if you are sensitive to stevia.
If you are used to the commercial electrolyte drinks like Powerade and Gatorade, it may take you some time to get used to something sweetened with stevia. It is a little different at first but after a while, you will probably prefer it over sugar and artificial sweeteners.
If you are used to drinks and supplements sweetened with stevia, then I don’t think you will have any issues with Ultima Replenisher once you find a flavor you like.
Ultima Replenisher contains the following: Calcium, Chloride, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Molybdenum, Chromium, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, beet juice, Stevia leaf extract (rebaudioside A), grape skin extract, citric acid, malic acid and natural flavors.
That’s it. Nothing artificial. Nothing you can’t pronounce. Nothing that will make you grow a third arm.
I think that the quality of ingredients in this product is excellent. It’s clear that they care about the health of their customers and choose high-quality sources for the ingredients.
I especially like that it has no carbs and sugars. I can drink it throughout the day without any guilt of fear of it jacking up my blood sugar levels. The fact that it’s keto friendly is a huge plus to me and many others.
The prices for Ultima Replenisher are a little scattered because they have a few options to choose from. I usually get mine at Whole Foods and get the 30-serving size for around $15.00
I found that they seller a bigger 90-serving size on Amazon for $33.49*. Obviously doing the math on that, I’ve been overpaying at Whole Foods quite a bit. No real shock with that place.
They also sell a 20-stick variety pack with each flavor minus pink lemonade for $16.25*. If you do decide you want to give it a try, I recommend starting out with the variety pack to find out which flavor you like best. I had to go through a few flavors to figure out that I like raspberry much better than the others.
They also have a few different bundle options however, the best bang for your buck by far is the 90-serving size for $33.49*. That’s less than 50 cents a serving. The best part is that a serving (one scoop) makes 16 fluid ounces when mixed in water.
*(as of 04/15/2019 14:23 EST-Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product)
That’s an unbelievably low price regardless of the ingredients. You are usually paying several dollars a bottle for a commercial electrolyte drink
Add to the fact that this product has great ingredients and you can’t really beat the value that you get with Ultima Replenisher.
Where to purchase
Aside from Amazon, Ultima Replenisher is sold in several nationwide stores within the United States. You can use their store locator here, to find the closest location to you if you choose not to get it on Amazon.
Even though I think the price is still reasonable at Whole Foods, I will be getting mine on Amazon from now on to save money. If you’re a prime member you really can’t beat it.
Who is it for?
As the company says, it really is for everyone. None of us are prone to the dangers of dehydration. Whether it’s from illness, sweating or just living in a hot environment, it’s something that will affect us all at one point or another.
I personally use this after running or walking outside during the summer months or after Brazilian jiu-jitsu practice year-round. I tend to sweat a ton at jiu-jitsu and this supplement works amazingly well at helping me to rehydrate and avoid cramping.
Even if you just want to keep it in the cupboard during the winter in case a bout of the flu runs through your house, it’s a great idea.
If you are someone who does endurance events like running, rowing or cycling, I highly recommend that you look into this product. The absence of carbohydrates won’t leave you feeling bloated while you work out like other gels and drinks will.
How to take it
Ultima Replenisher is very simple to take. Using the scoop that comes with it, you add one scoop of the powder to 16 ounces of water. It usually mixes very easily although it can clump up a bit.
It’s suggested that you take one serving or more per day depending on your activity level. If you’re fairly sedentary, you are not going to need as much as someone training for a marathon during the dog days of summer.
I usually take a few scoops a day. I’ll throw a few scoops in a large bottle of water and drinking it during the day or workout. Sometimes I will also take it first thing in the morning if I’m feeling dehydrated. It really is quite versatile.
I am a big fan of Ultima Replenisher and highly recommend it. I have purchased many containers of it and am a heavy user of it during the summer months.
It helps me a ton with cramping, energy and dehydration. While I have not tried many electrolyte powders, I have researched several online and I haven’t found any that are in the same category as this one.
I recommend this to anyone, but particularly athletes. It doesn’t take much to get dehydrated. There’re few things that can ruin your workout and performance as quickly and effectively as dehydration can.
Have you ever tried Ultima Replenisher? What supplements do you typically use to replenish electrolytes? I’d love to hear your responses, comments and questions below.
Until next time,