Things I Like: Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix

My first exposure to Skratch Labs’ Exercise Hydration Mix was a trial-by-fire affair. The temperature was 95 degrees, and I was about to begin my 12-mile evening commute. Perfect conditions to test a new hydration product, right? As it turned out, the Skratch Labs mix worked beautifully, and it quickly earned a place on my things-I-like list.

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Skratch Lab’s Exercise Hydration Mix has its roots in competitive cycling. Known previously as Secret Drink Mix, it was developed for professional racers who were tired of the bloating and stomach issues caused by regular sports drinks. The unique moniker came about because racers would secretly dump their sponsors’ drink mixes, and replace it with the Skratch Labs powder.

What makes the Exercise Hydration Mix different from other sports or electrolyte drinks? Fewer calories and more electrolytes, for one. The mix doesn’t contain any artificial ingredients, and Skratch Labs uses only real fruit–not funky chemicals–for flavoring. The end result is a mix that tastes lighter and cleaner, and is less likely to induce bloating or other GI problems. While Exercise Hydration Mix does contain sugar (9g in an 8-ounce serving), it’s approximately 35% less than regular sports drinks.

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If you find yourself diluting sports drinks because the taste is too sweet, then you’ll be right at home with the refreshing, subtle flavor of Exercise Hydration Mix. With previous drink mixes, I found that I would tire of the flavor (and sweetness) as the miles stacked up. Eventually, my liquid intake would drop due to my taste buds’ protest, and I’d begin to suffer the nasty effects of insufficient hydration and electrolyte loss. After switching to Skratch Labs’ mix, however, that’s a thing of the past.

Exercise Hydration Mix gets props because it does exactly what it claims to do. When I drink Skratch Labs, I feel better during and after my rides. My mind is sharper, and at the same time, I’m more relaxed on the bike. Best of all, though, is that I can ride longer and farther when I use Exercise Hydration Mix. Anything that can do that definitely deserves a spot on my things-I-like list.

Skratch Labs’ products are available from select retailers, or┬ádirectly from the company.

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