Top Notch Sports Drinks

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By Sarah Gearhart

Prevent dehydration from cramping your athletic style by downing sports drinks during intense activity. They're loaded with important electrolytes like potassium and sodium. Besides replacing fluids lost through sweat, sports drinks deliver carbs, which keep you going strong. Here are five top-notch drinks that pack quality and flavor.

Gatorade®
Flavor:
Fruit Punch
$1.19 per 20-ounce bottle
gatorade.com
Calories: 50
Carbs: 14g
Sodium: 110mg
Potassium: 30mg
The lowdown: Scientifically formulated since 1965, Gatorade® consists of an optimal hydration solution, including six percent carbohydrates and 110mg of sodium, which allows the body to absorb fluids quickly. It's also loaded with potassium and chloride to replenish electrolytes.

Glacéau
vitaminwater® revive
Flavor: Fruit punch
$1.49 per 20-ounce bottle
vitaminwater.com
Calories: 50
Carbs: 13g
Sodium: 0mg
Potassium: 140mg
The lowdown: Not only is this formula packed with 280mg of potassium per 20-ounce bottle, it's also full of B vitamins, which boost energy, protein metabolism and immune function.

POWERade®
Flavor:
Grape
$1.09 per 20-ounce bottle
us.powerade.com
Calories: 60
Carbs: 17g
Sodium: 55mg
Potassium: 30mg
The lowdown: A grippable bottle and new flavor aren't the only bonuses. This drink also has 55mg of sodium and supplies 10 percent of your DV of vitamins B6 and B12 per eight-ounce serving.

Cytomax® Sport Drink Ready-to-Drink
Flavor:
Citrus Blast
$1.99 per 20-ounce bottle
cytosport.com
Calories: 50
Carbs: 13g
Sodium: 55mg
Potassium: 30mg
The lowdown: Besides providing 40 percent of your DV of vitamin C, this formula is low in sugar and contains PolyLactateTM, a designer molecule that combines amino acids to help lessen the acidic effects of lactic acid production.

Gatorade Rain TM
Flavor:
Tangerine
$1.19 per 20-ounce bottle
gatorade.com
Calories: 50
Carbs: 14g
Sodium: 110mg
Potassium: 30mg
The lowdown: This drink provides the same quality formula as Gatorade's original Thirst Quencher, including 110mg of sodium per eight-ounce serving, but has a lighter flavor.

All nutrition totals are per eight-ounce serving


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