I was fortunate enough to win the GU lottery for the 2013 season. Although I have had mixed results while using a variety of different energy gels, recovery powders, and electrolyte replacers, I was excited to try the Electrolyte Brew for a variety of reasons. Read on.
In all honesty, GU’s web description about the product is fantastic so please take a read at their website. GU’s “brew” is made up of the following ingredients
There are four flavors available, (raspberry, orange, blueberry-pomegranate and lemon-lime). I tried the lemon-lime.I used the product in two ways. First, while out on a long run, and or, as part of my post run recovery re-hydration. Historically, my stomach does not agree with the majority of energy drink/ electrolyte replacers available to runners, for example, the entire line of Gatorade cramps me up while running, however, this was not the case with the Electrolyte Brew. Over the course of the hot summer months, I used the product during my long runs, and I had no gastrointestinal issues – fantastic, moreover, I really liked the product because it did not leave a nasty after-taste in my mouth, nor was it overly sweet. I didn’t have to wash it down with water. Although GU lists the recommended ratio of water to powder, I did experiment with weaker and stronger solutions. I found mixing according to the instructions was best. Next to this, I’m not sure what to add to this report. Simply put, if you’re looking for an electrolyte replacement beverage while training during the hot summer month, dislike overly sweet tasting hydration beverages, or like me, find that most just don’t agree with your stomach, give GU’s Electrolyte Brew a try. It may work out for you. Experimentation is key!