There are many products out there that claim to aid in the hydration of athletes. It is important to note that the use of these products should never completely replace the use of water and should be used in combination with water to maximize the affects.
One product that is easily accessible and that research is pointing towards having a positive impact on hydration status is mineral water6. It has also been found to help with balancing the acid levels in the body that result from exercise and that can help with recovery following exercise as well6. Mineral water is easily accessible and affordable as you can find them in grocery stores.
Sports drinks that contain electrolytes and carbohydrates are also beneficial when an athlete is in their rehydration phase2. These can be found in a wide array. of products and should be chosen based on how palatable they are to the athlete and ensure that they do not produce any gastric distress to the athlete. These products can be found in grocery stores and health food stores and can be accessible and affordable as well. In conditions where fluid needs are low carbohydrates and electrolytes may need to be supplemented with gels, energy bars, or foods to ensure consumption of the proper levels7.