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Do You Need Sugar To Absorb Electrolytes? Here’s How To Hydrate Instead

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Do You Need Sugar To Absorb Electrolytes? Here’s How To Hydrate Instead

As a mostly fat-fueled guy, I’m a big believer in only using glucose when I need it. The truth is, I don’t want a hit of sugar every time I supplement sodium, potassium, or magnesium. Many of my followers feel the same way. But if you’re plugged into sports science, you’ve probably heard that adding sugar to electrolytes boosts hydration.  This isn’t false. Glucose does help transport sodium, chloride, and water across the intestinal barrier Because of this, some claim you need glucose for proper hydration. Without glucose, they say, you’ll be short on both electrolytes and energy. But these...

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