Dehydration is the #1 cause of sports performance problems and injuries in youth athletes. Even mild dehydration will impact your child’s strength, energy, and coordination.
Your child’s body needs protection against dehydration, and to help fight it, there’s a new kid on the block when it comes to sports drinks. It’s appropriately named Body Armor.
My kids are out of college, but they are still working out–two do cross fit and one is training for a half-marathon. My husband also works out regularly. So I gave them all some Body Armor to test out. The reviews came back positive. 24-year-old cross fit son loved the taste and the fact that it was more natural than other sports drinks. Husband tried it to stop cramping from dehydration and got immediate results.
Body Armor states these facts:
- Made with coconut water (Coconut water contains fluid, potassium, sodium, and calcium to aid in rehydration)
- 600 mg of potassium. Potassium is critical in the hydration process by preventing cramping due to its role in nerve function and muscle control. Traditional sports drinks use sodium as their key electrolyte, however, Americans get enough daily sodium via their food consumption and not enough potassium. Too much sodium can cause high blood pressure and potassium helps to lower blood pressure.
- Packed full of vitamins
- Natural flavors and sweeteners (no heavily refined sugar such as you will find in Gatorade)
- No dyes (Body Armor uses natural colors from fruits and vegetables and vitamins such as Beta Carotene)
- Healthy Alternative. Body Armor is a healthy hydration alternative to traditional sports drinks. It has more electrolytes, is higher in vitamins and potassium, lower in sodium, contains coconut water and nothing artificial. Other sports drinks are high in sodium, low in potassium, have artificial flavors and colors with little to no nutrients.
Other Tips for Fighting Dehydration:
- Feed your child lots of fruits and vegetables at mealtime and in snacks (fruits and vegetables are over 90% water)
- Give them pre-exercise nutrition like a banana and peanut butter or a cheese sandwich with a drink like Body Armor.
- Keep a filled water bottle or BODYARMOR with your child wherever you go and drink often, both with meals and between meals.
- During activity lasting over 60 minutes, drink water or BODYARMOR every 15 to 20 minutes, if possible, or drink BODYARMOR between exercise bouts.
- After exercise lasting over 60 minutes, provide fluids as early as possible. BODYARMOR helps replace electrolytes lost and helps refuel muscles with carbohydrates.
As parents, it’s important that you know what’s going into your child’s body. Do your research on sports drinks before making the choice that is healthiest for your child.
Yes, this is a paid review. But I only agreed to the review after the drink was tested by my kids and husband, and after I’d done some research on what make it a healthier alternative. I continue to stand by my promise to only review products and services that will give you and your child a better youth sports experience.
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