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    Natural sport drinks to use?

    Anyone know of any natural sport drinks. Something similar to gatorade. Or anything that is natural that is good for replacing electrolites on a long long ride?

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    I use water and electrolyte tablets.

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    Coconut water. The GNC store brands are so-so substitutes, for me nothing beats cracking a few young thai coconuts and filling the bottles up.
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    White grape juice and water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    I use water and electrolyte tablets.
    And sometimes on rest stops I'll have a bottle of 100% pure orange juice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarrick View Post
    Coconut water. The GNC store brands are so-so substitutes, for me nothing beats cracking a few young thai coconuts and filling the bottles up.
    +1

    I'd say coconut water is the only natural energy drink that's tasty and effective. It's not cheap though if you're buying it by the bottle.

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    I'm not 100% certain on this one, but I was told in the military that squeezing a lime into a bottle of water, or cutting apple juice like 75% with water is roughly the equivalent of a sports drink if your dehydrated and need nutrients. I imagine it was more of a wilderness last ditch thing, but hey, its natural and cheap.

    I'd also like to throw out that a decent post work 4:1 carb protein drink is ovaltine with milk.

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    I went to the health food store and bought unflavored whey protein powder & a carb powder, I mix it with water and add a little salt and some unfrozened pink lemonade. All natural and tastes fine. You can add some electrolyte tablets but I think it's a waste. You lose sodium but you don't lose potassium on a ride.

    I also carry some chocolate milk. I freeze it and then it lasts for hours in 100 degree heat.

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