You sweat whenever you're doing something that gets you really hot, like exercising or mowing the lawn in the sweltering heat.
Sweat contains fluid and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride.
While all electrolytes are important to your body's function and performance, sodium is by far the most important electrolyte because a decrease in sodium levels in your body -- called hyponatremia -- can have extremely negative consequences, ranging from discomfort to seizures to excessive urination can be enough to kill.
A liter of sweat contains between 400 mg and 1200 mg sodium (our le melo electrolyte mix contains 1200 mg sodium per liter).
Because sweat contains both fluid and electrolytes, drinking only water to replace the fluid you lose through sweating can be very dangerous as it is the quickest way to decrease or dilute your body's sodium levels. If you pee a lot while exercising and get really sick, you may be hyponatraemic and need to eat something with a lot of salt . Or you just eat salty foods with what you drink.
In theory, the best thing you can drink when you're sweating is your own sweat. But drinking sweat tastes gross (trust us, our founder, Malte Wagenbach, has tasted his own sweat and he doesn't recommend it). Also, it's hard to catch all the sweat you shed sweating unless you have one of those cool suits from the movie Dune that recycles your sweat and urine.
Sweat contains no artificial colors, artificial flavors (or flavors at all), artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or other weird ingredients.
Most sports drinks contain water, electrolytes , and some form of sugar to provide a small source of energy that helps maintain blood sugar levels and fuel working muscles. Unfortunately, most sports drinks also contain artificial colors, flavors, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and other weird ingredients that require taking an organic chemistry course to understand.
Our experience at le melo is that most sports drinks don't have enough electrolytes but have too much sugar. We've also found that all the excess ingredients make you sick if you drink too much of it. Our le melo Hydration Drink Mix has almost twice the amount of key electrolytes per liter than national leading sports drinks.
Without fruit, citric acid and sugar, our Sport Hydration Drink Mix only tastes like sweat. But with a bit of fruit, citric acid and sugar, our Sport Hydration Drink Mix tastes clean and light. So if you sweat a lot and need something to rehydrate to replace what you lose with sweat and nothing extra, try our Sport Hydration Mix.