The All-Important Nutrients That Separate BODYARMOR From Traditional Sports Drinks

While traditional sports drinks focus chiefly on sodium, BODYARMOR's higher levels of potassium are more in line with the needs of the modern athlete.

Since its founding in 2011, BODYARMOR has built a loyal following among the world's athletic elite.

Superstars like James Harden, Mike Trout, Megan Rapinoe, Dustin Johnson and Andrew Luck count themselves among BODYARMOR's impressive roster of athletes.

"(What you consume) has a direct effect on how you feel," Luck told STACK. "I try to focus on getting rehydrated as fast as possible after a game. It just helps you feel so much better the next day. And that's where I think BODYARMOR has helped a lot."

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Since its founding in 2011, BODYARMOR has built a loyal following among the world's athletic elite.

Superstars like James Harden, Mike Trout, Megan Rapinoe, Dustin Johnson and Andrew Luck count themselves among BODYARMOR's impressive roster of athletes.

"(What you consume) has a direct effect on how you feel," Luck told STACK. "I try to focus on getting rehydrated as fast as possible after a game. It just helps you feel so much better the next day. And that's where I think BODYARMOR has helped a lot."

But what exactly separates BODYARMOR from traditional sports drinks? And why do athletes who are ultra-vigilant about what they put inside their bodies, like Rapinoe, feel confident in it? Let's dig into the nutrition facts of BODYARMOR to see how it compares to traditional sports drinks.

An 8-ounce serving of BODYARMOR Sports Drink contains 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 20mg of sodium, 350mg of potassium and 18 grams of carbohydrate. In terms of vitamins and minerals, the drink also contains:

  • Vitamin A, 50%
  • Vitamin E, 50%
  • Vitamin B6, 100%
  • Vitamin B12, 100%
  • Vitamin C, 50%
  • Niacin, 100%
  • Folic Acid, 100%
  • Pantothenic Acid, 100%
  • Zinc, 35%

Per ounce, BODYARMOR contains nearly twelve times as much potassium as the leading traditional sports drink, yet just a fifth the amount of sodium. BODYARMOR also packs a much wider array of vitamins and minerals, and in significantly more substantial amounts.

Why might a high-potassium beverage be attractive to athletes? Potassium and sodium are two crucial electrolytes that are lost via sweat. Low levels of either can lead to issues like fatigue, weaker muscle contractions, muscle cramps, muscle aches and digestive issues—all of which are bad news for athletes.

The problem is that the average person consumes far too much sodium and far too little potassium. Not only is this ratio a deadweight on athletic performance, but it can also have a negative impact on long-term health. "Most Americans consume far too much sodium and far too little potassium, an eating pattern that puts them at higher risk of heart disease and death," writes the Harvard School of Public Health.

Consider that the average American consumes 3,400mg of sodium each day—more than twice the American Heart Association's recommended daily limit—and you start to realize how prevalent the nutrient is in our diet. Athletes who work out at a high intensity for several hours a day do need significantly more sodium to support their activity, but they also need more potassium to help keep their sodium-to-potassium ratio on point. Many athletes have little issue getting enough sodium from sources outside their sports drink (James Harden's go-to burrito bowl at Chipotle, for example, contains 2,170mg of sodium), but potassium is a different story.

The recommended dietary intake of potassium is 4,700mg, yet a Food Surveys Research Group study published in 2012 found the average daily intake for American teens and young adults to be slightly under 3,000mg. At 700mg of potassium per 16-ounce bottle, BODYARMOR can quickly help athletes make up that gap, and do so in a way that improves their sodium-to-potassium ratio. That helps prevent weak muscles, fends off cramping, and keeps energy levels strong. For the previously mentioned athletes, along with talents like Mookie Betts, Megan Rapinoe, Richard Sherman and Skylar-Diggins Smith, that edge is too good to pass up.

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