Best Recovery Drinks for Runners

Running takes a lot out of your body. Not only can it be hard on your back, legs and feet, but when you sweat, you lose essential electrolytes that keep you hydrated and prevent muscle spasms and fatigue. Electrolytes are minerals found in your blood that help regulate blood pressure, muscle contraction and keep your system functioning properly. That’s why experts say it’s a good idea to opt for an electrolyte drink to restore those lost electrolytes after intense exercise. These drinks also often contain vitamins and antioxidants, which are necessary for good overall health. To help narrow down your choices, we did some research and rounded up a few of the best recovery drinks on the market. Each is offered in a variety of flavors to choose from.

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1. Kill Cliff Recovery Drink

This lightly carbonated drink is made with electrolytes, B vitamins, enzymes and a plant extract blend including ginger root, ginseng root and green tea.

Pros: Each can only contains 15–20 calories. This product comes as a multipack of four, 12 and 24. They’re offered in five flavors: blackberry lemonade, blood orange, pomegranate punch, lemon-lime and raspberry blueberry. Plus, it’s keto-friendly.

Cons: It may taste a little sweet for some.

Kill Cliff Recovery Drink
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2. Propel Flavored Electrolyte Water

Propel is packed with electrolytes, antioxidants and vitamins to help restore what you lost during a sweaty workout.

Pros: It comes in a variety of flavors like lemon, peach, strawberry lemonade, black cherry, watermelon and more. It doesn’t contain any sugar or calories. It comes in a pack of 12.

Cons: Some users may find the caps slightly tricky to remove.

Propel Electrolyte Water
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3. BOLT24 Fueled by Gatorade

This Gatorade electrolyte drink also contains antioxidants from vitamins A and C as well as 50 milligrams of caffeine for an extra boost.

Pros: This also comes without caffeine. It’s not made with artificial flavors or sweeteners. And it’s offered in six appealing flavors, including tropical mango, cherry lime and orange passion fruit. You get 12 bottles.

Cons: Some may find them too sugary.

BOLT24 Fueled by Gatorade
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