You would think summer is coming to end, but in my neck of the woods the warm weather is holding on dearly. There were a few exceptions though, but overall the second half of September and the beginning of October make it feel more like summer than fall. Last Monday was such an exception. We got hit by a rare late season hail storm and what a hail storm it was. It looked like a disaster zone once the storm had moved out. Dealing with the aftermath was no fun. My wife’s car got hit pretty bad and the insurance appraisal came out at $6,000 in hail damage. The car needs a new hood, a new roof, a new liftgate, and work on the fenders and doors, too. The roof on my house is heavily damaged as well and we are waiting for the appraiser to come out next week. Trees and bushes were damaged heavily and after cleaning up this weekend I have about 25 large bags of leafs and branches sitting outside for the garbage removal.
Anyway – I still had time to get some good running in this week. Last week Saturday I went running and took my 9-year old son along. He was riding the bicycle and happily followed along. I switched up the route and we stopped by the local Ferrari dealership to look at some expensive cars for entertainment. As mentioned it was still very warm for the season with temperatures slightly above 80 degrees that day and so when we came back I was thirsty and needed to rehydrate. In the past I sometimes used Gatorade or PowerAde to rehydrate, followed by either a protein shake or some lactose-free Chocolate Milk. This time I tried something different: SOS Rehydrate
SOS Rehydrate Review
Recently I was contacted by James Mayo of SOS Rehydrate and he hooked me up with some free samples of their key product. SOS Rehydrate is designed for people doing endurance type of sports like running, triathlons, tennis, or soccer to mention a few. The product puts itself into a league of its own because it outranks leading products in regards to how fast it allows the body to absorb the electrolytes and sodium. For me this is important because as a runner I know how it feels when your body runs low on fuel and electrolytes.
A warm day and a good run made for a perfect situation to ditch Gatorade and try SOS Rehydrate as my post-run hydration drink instead. I got a single serving pack bag out of the box and mixed it with cold water. SOS Rehydrate comes as a powder and you simply mix it with water; it is not a tablet like products from NUUN as an example. The first thing I noticed was the fact that it dissolved almost instantly – unlike a different rehydration drink I had tried in the past (NUUN). SOS Rehydrate had a refreshing Citrus flavor and tasted really good. It did not leave an after-taste in my mouth which is good. Some sports drinks leave you with a less than pleasant aftertaste and SOS Rehydrate definitely did not.
I gave it a few minutes to see how well my body would absorb the nutrients that SOS Rehydrate supplies. SOS Rehydrate helps the body to faster absorb water and I had the feeling my thirst was gone super-fast. SOS Rehydrate is fast-acting electrolyte replacement which matters to me after a taxing run. I am a very salty sweater and accordingly I am always looking out to rehydrate correctly to keep my body healthy and to allow for fast recovery. In addition this is extremely important when heading out for long runs where it is easy to deplete sodium levels and to run low on electrolytes. I have to say I did not expect much after drinking SOS Rehydrate, but my thirst was almost gone and I felt perfectly refreshed. I finished my recovery with chocolate milk and called it a day.
A few days later I had another taxing run in warm temperatures and again I used SOS Rehydrate as my recovery drink after the run. This time the water was not as cold as I had hoped and it did not taste very good. SOS Rehydrate should definitely be consumed with cold water in my opinion. The citrus flavor did not work well with water at room temperature. However, even though I did not experience the great flavor as before I did feel refreshed and ready to go within a few minutes. Again there was no bad aftertaste in my mouth. Please keep in mind SOS Hydrate is not providing many carbs or protein – that’s not what it is for.
I have not seen SOS Rehydrate in a local store yet, but saw it advertised on Amazon.com. Naturally you can also buy it from the SOS Rehydrate website. From a price perspective the product is placed in the upper range for products of this type. Currently a box with 5 packs costs $8.75 + shipping. I guess this is a little more expensive than other products in this field, but I can see this working because of how fast and efficient this product works. There is value that you do not get from other products and when performance matters, paying a little bit more is not a big deal. I also have to say that I really dig the low amount of calories this product has and that it is not loaded with artificial sweeteners. I have not tried SOS Rehydrate during a workout yet, but will do so this week during my usual bootcamp style morning workouts. Overall I like it and will definitely consider it for rehydration on or after longer runs.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample of SOS Rehydrate. However, all opinions in this posting are my own and I have not been compensated in any way to write about this product. I do feel this product would be of value to the readers of this blog.