Frequently Asked Questions
· What is HYDRATE?
It’s the highest quality, cleanest hydration powder ever made in the history of the world (or at least that we’ve found).
We created Hydrate because all of the other electrolyte powders or sport drinks out there were made with artificial or “natural” flavors, anti-caking and flow agents, and often an offensive amount of sugar. For us, it’s all about nature and REAL food. We were on a mission to create something that tastes GOOD and makes you feel GOOD. When it comes to Hydrate, we’ve nailed it with our ingredients. Each ingredient is carefully curated and serves a nutritional purpose.
· Does HYDRATE contain soy, gluten, dairy, MSG, stimulants, or any artificial ingredients?
· Is HYDRATE vegan/plant based/paleo/keto?
Yes. It’s all those things. But more importantly, it’s organic and real!
· Is it safe for diabetics?
It’s amazing for diabetics. With only 7g carbs per tablespoon and 1g of sugar, this is one of the only electrolyte drinks without toxic sweeteners that is low in sugar. And it’s organic! Too often diabetic products contain artificial sweeteners, including sucralose, which is chlorinated sugar!
· How do I know how much to take?
YOU DO YOU!!!!! But in general you should have 1-2 servings daily for basic maintenance. Then, depending on how much you sweat and your activity level you can increase as needed. Also increase on days you fly in an airplane or are working/playing in high elevation. Did you know that at 5,000 feet you breathe out and lose more moisture through your skin than you do normally at sea level? On a long flight you can lose 1-2 liters of water!
· What are electrolytes and minerals and why are they beneficial?
Electrolytes + minerals have so many functions in the body that it’s impossible to list them all. To name a few, magnesium can help with anxiety, act as a natural sleep aid and helps with digestion. Vitamin C helps boost immunity and fight colds; Electrolytes help prevent and treat hangovers and dehydration.
From your heart to your digestion to your brain, you need minerals. There are macro minerals and trace minerals. Each day our bodies require about 100mg of Macro Minerals and less than 100mg of Trace minerals. We have 80+ minerals in one tablespoon, and all from nature! Read more about the benefits
· When do we use electrolytes and minerals?
Use DAILY to PREVENT dehydration to get much-needed minerals into your body. A glass or two will do the trick. Use extra if you are dehydrated, sick, crushed a workout, do hot yoga/sauna, fly, live at high elevation, after long walks on the beach, after Rose All Day, Taco Tuesdays and Beer30. Basically… you need them all the time! Really!
· Other products have “more” eletrolytes than you do?
In the US we’ve paid too much attention to the nutritional panel and numbers than we have to the actual ingredients, it’s soooooooo time to change that. HYDRATE is formulated with some of the best minerals on earth. All whole foods and real salts. Think table salt vs sea salt. It’s quality over quantity. HYDRATE is also designed to drink DAILY, not as a 911 after you already have become dehydrated. But it is still the best option in that situation as well; b/c nature is always the best choice when it comes to our health.
· Does HYDRATE have any artificial colors?
No way, no how! Artificial colors are made from petroleum and have no place in any food product in our humble opinion. We used to think it was cool the way the big guys made professional athletes sweat neon green in a TV commercial……and then we got smarter. #notcool
· Does HYDRATE have any artificial sweeteners?
No way, not ever. You don’t even want to get me started on this one. Even in our restaurant has been yellow, pink and blue packet free since 2002!
· I have food allergies, is HYDRATE safe for me?
We make our product in a GMP certified facility, that means they do a really good job cleaning up and keeping cross contamination under control. However, they make a lot of other things, which is why there is a very large allergen statement on our package. They have been in business since 2003 and have received no complaints for cross contamination. And as a restaurant owner and food maker for over 18 years, we can say that is pretty impressive. But allergies are serious! But also note… we are made in our own separated room within the facility but you know, we are in CA and law suits are a real thing here, so this statement is to protect ourselves. I am the founder and I have Celiac and I drink HYDRATE daily.
One real allergen can be stevia, it’s a plant, and anaphylactic allergic reactions, although rare, can happen. Anyone with allergies to chrysanthemums, marigolds, ragweed or daisies are at greater risk of a reaction. We also use coconut in our formula and some people are allergic to that. Oh, and the other day someone came into the restaurant with a citrus allergy, that was a new one to me. Allergies are a direct response from the immune system, we all need to get back to as much REAL food as possible.
For any questions feel free to contact us directly so we can dive as deep as possible to alleviate any concerns you might have.
· I heard stevia was an artificial sweetener?
Stevia is an herb. Some stevia (not ours) is chemically processed with petro based solvents. So what started out as a plant quickly changed into a bitter tasting, chemical, GMO mess. Our organic Stevia is water processed, steeped like a tea, and then dried. It’s an awesome way to get a little sweet without the negative effects of sugar.
· Should I give HYDRATE to my child?
All day long! We know how hard it is to get kids to drink enough water. HYDRATE tastes great and their little growing bodies need the minerals + electrolytes. It works wonders when they are sick and it’s the perfect drink for their sports bottle and lunch box. It’s even a great option for birthday parties! Kids think it tastes like lemonade; and it does, but without all the sugar!
PRO TIP: buy silicone popsicle molds. #parentoftheyear
· Isn’t sodium bad for me?
Yes and no. When you’ve read salt is bad they are talking about table salt. It’s ultra-processed, bleached, contains anti-caking agents, usually from GMO corn and contains only 1 mineral: sodium chloride. Pretty bad indeed! HYDRATE contains pure Himalayan Pink Salt, one of the world’s most pure forms of salt. It naturally contains electrolytes + minerals in it’s whole food form. Ditch the guilt and rumors and start salting your food with the GOOD stuff. You are worth your weight in salt in after all!
· Are you telling me I can come visit you?
Yes, that is what we are saying. We are real people in a real town making real food and drinks since 2001. Encinitas is one of the coolest towns on earth, plan a vacation and come break bread with us. We even have GF bread
· Fun Fact – No Plastic
We used to make HYDRATE in a plastic bottle that was ready to drink. But being in a single use plastic bottle started to really bother us. We love our planet. They are saying that by 2050 plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean!
We also travel quite a bit and we needed to take this with us. We’ve researched some of the worlds more pure and beneficial electrolytes + minerals and created this environmentally friendly, resealable package which is great on the go.
· How do I make this wonderful drink?
Grab the best water you can find, we love spring water. Mix in about a tablespoon for 16oz and shake. You can decide if you like it stronger or lighter and simply adjust the amount of powder. Our ingredients are REAL food, not flavorings and chemicals; and we do not use anti-caking agents. REAL food means you need to shake or stir a little longer.
And like all real food it takes a little extra time, but that’s ok, REAL is worth it! YOU are worth it.
Helpful Tips for Mixing HYDRATE:
·MAKING HYDRATE AT HOME – Think Sunday Meal Prep!
·MAKE A CONCENTRATE FOR THE WEEK
Put about 1/4-1/2 of the bag of Hydrate in a bowl and use just enough water to cover the powder. Whisk it up to dissolve. It will take just seconds! Add a touch more water and whisk again and then pour into a mason jar or any storage container and keep in fridge. The amount of water doesn’t have to be perfect. Just get it so it’s pourable. Then when you add the Hydrate concentrate to your water bottle or glass later you can make to your personal taste. Kids might like more, adults might like less. It’s a win-win.
·MAKE A PITCHER FOR THE FRIDGE
Think back to the Crystal Light days. I used to buy packets of Kool Aid…. oh how far I’ve come:) We have the 70s to thank for so much!
Follow the directions for the concentrate then simply add more water. Whisk well and pour into the pitcher and keep in the fridge. With our standard recipe a whole bag will take 40 cups of water.
The ingredients saturate the water over time and the flavor gets even better. And if you have kids that do not drink enough water, this will be the fix! PS, it’s the fix for you too.
Don’t stress about perfect measurements. Hydrate tastes awesome at all different levels. So play around and you will find your happy place.
·WHEN MAKING HYDRATE ON THE GO
Take your reusable water bottle, fill with water* about ¼ of the way. Add powder, shake hard and once dissolved top off with cold water.
*Mixing Hydrate with a full bottle water is the most difficult way to dissolve it b/c there is no space to break the powder up….. but it can happen with some effort and time.