It is no secret among my family and friends that I am a pusher – a hydration pusher. I am the mom friend who always brings backup water bottles and sports drinks during long trips, and I would be lost without my Hydro Flask at my side. Hydration is always at the top of my mind living in the Las Vegas Valley – water is a luxury here that others take for granted, especially tourists who come to party for the weekend.
Fun Fact: That fifth sugary cocktail that you downed at the hotel pool is no substitute for an ice cold water, and in fact, is rapidly causing dehydration with every sip not matched with an equal serving of water. It may seem funny to those simply visiting our fair town, but as someone who paid the bills in the service industry, there’s nothing more depressing than watching a fun weekend devolve into vomiting, blackouts, and an inevitable call for an ambulance. Even locals are not immune to the effects of dehydration when out in the desert partaking in numerous outdoor activities – as I’ve mentioned previously, by the time you recognize that you’re thirsty, you’ve already hit dehydration.
Some people supplement their hydration with sports drinks or solutions claiming to boost electrolytes (ions such as sodium and potassium, both of which play a big part in fluid balance and controlling blood pressure). However, the market today is flooded with drinks containing excessive processed sugar and additives that may not be a long-term answer for those suffering from chronic dehydration, especially with the increase of prescription medications that list dehydration or dry mouth as some of their side effects.
“Liquid I.V. goes beyond the hype of a ‘hangover cure’ and is helping thousands of people suffering from chronic dehydration – their uncomplicated delivery system and accessibility make for a new industry option in an arena dominated by sugary sports drinks that do not account for problems in the future – 10/10” – Katie Hernandez, YBLTV Writer/Reviewer @khernandezybltv
I recently came across the company, Liquid I.V., and its Hydration Multiplier. Unlike other drinks that have increased sugar and dyes, the Hydration Multiplier comes in a powder form that easily dissolves in liquid. According to their website, Liquid I.V. utilizes their patented Cellular Transport Technology to transport those key ions sodium and potassium by using cane sugar (glucose) as the most effective system of delivery. What makes this so interesting is that the cane sugar is not included for taste, but is used strictly to increase the effectiveness of the delivery of those ions when combined with water. Liquid I.V.’s CTT system also allows the water to be absorbed in the upper digestive track when its levels are at its highest, versus later in the blood stream when the actual water content and nutrients are already lost.
Liquid I.V. was nice enough to send me several samples of their Hydration Multiplier in original lemon-lime flavor and their limited edition açaí flavor as well. Below are some thoughts on the product itself and on my personal experience:
- The Taste: It seems pretty obvious that the taste of Liquid I.V. is going to be one of the two most important factor to a possible consumer when considering purchasing. I was a little nervous trying Liquid I.V. for the first time – I use to cycle with my father and many similar products had tastes that left much to be desired. Liquid I.V. – in my personal opinion – has a taste that is not necessarily bad, but is acquired. Because of (what I believe is) the cane sugar, Liquid I.V. makes whatever liquid you’ve combined with the powder to take on a very slick, almost heavy taste. It reminded me a little of those gel packs you can buy at outdoor/sporting goods stores. The açaí flavor reminded me of crushed up Smarties, but I’m not a berry person; I was much more into the original lemon-lime flavor, personally. However, it still had that slick taste that probably would be better on an extremely hot day. It says to mix with 16 ounces of water, so it was a pretty heavy mix.
- The Purpose: Liquid I.V. seems to be primarily marketed for those with medical conditions that create constant dehydration and athletic/outdoor enthusiasts. As someone with constant dry mouth and issues with staying hydrated, I found that Liquid I.V. helped me feel hydrated in spite of my constant dry mouth. However, I also found out that many people were using Liquid I.V. as a means by which to combat hangovers after the fact. Personally, I feel like the point of Liquid I.V. isn’t to rescue you after a night of binge drinking, but is to help maintain healthy levels of electrolytes and help to prevent dehydration – not to somehow make up for it later. This way of thinking is harmful and seems irresponsible. I don’t fault Liquid I.V. for this – instead, I fault the reviewers who tout this as a miracle cure-all for weekend partying. By believing that this will somehow be a safety net of sorts, it encourages unsafe drinking practices and allows for people to ignore their body’s personal limits.
- Accessibility: Liquid I.V. comes in small packets (similar to coffee sticks you find in hotel rooms) and in large sizes for those using Liquid I.V. more frequently. I really appreciated that this product is so accessible and can be taken on the go or at home.
- Flavor Options: I would like to see more flavor options in the future, and possibly a way to dilute the powder so that your water doesn’t take on that thick quality.
I will say that, having my blood drawn at the end of this review, I saw that my electrolytes were in a very healthy range. While I can’t definitively say that Liquid I.V. boosted my electrolytes, I don’t think it hurt at all.
- Accessible – can be used at home or on the go
- Efficient Delivery System – Even though it made the water a little thick, I do like that Liquid I.V. is very open about the ingredients they use and the ethical sourcing of these ingredients and that there’s not a lot of extra stuff in between me and the electrolytes I’m trying to get
- Mission Statement – For every purchase of Liquid I.V., they donate a serving to someone suffering from dehydration in the world. While some may question this, I actually believe in this mission. Many non-profits focus on providing clean water; however, I like that Liquid I.V. is helping to make the benefits of the clean water these countries have stretch a little further.
- Acquired Taste: If you aren’t use to similar products used by athletes or wilderness enthusiasts, it will take some time to get use to the taste of Liquid I.V. – I imagine it would taste better if diluted and cold, but the instructions are there for a reason. Some people claim that it has an “oily” taste; I found it to be kind of thick, almost gel-like. The lemon-lime flavor is the best introduction to Liquid I.V. in my opinion, but go in with an open mind
- Price – a sixteen pack of the individual to-go pouches runs at $24.99 (USD) and the the thirty-two pack going for $37.49 (USD). This might be a bit cost-prohibitive; however, I find that if you’re suffering from constant dehydration, you can’t really put a price on personal relief.
As with any supplement, I would definitely suggest speaking with your doctor about the benefits and possible risks of using Liquid I.V. in your daily routine.
Even though Liquid I.V. Hydration Multipliers has an acquired taste and an acquired reputation as a hangover cure, I believe that Liquid I.V. really does help people suffering from chronic dehydration. I found that it really did help me cope with the effects of medication, and seems to have the same effect for others. Hopefully, as their company grows, their range of flavors will grow. Overall, I would definitely recommend this to my athletic friends and outdoor enthusiasts in the future, as well as those suffering from chronic dehydration! You won’t be sorry!