Is Liquid IV Actually Good For You?

Liquid IV is an electrolyte drink that is marketed as a way to get hydrated more quickly than with water alone. According to their website, the brand uses "Cellular Transport Technology to deliver hydration to your bloodstream faster and more efficiently than water alone" (via Liquid IV). It also claims to provide two or three times the hydration of plain water. But does this product work as well as it claims and is it actually good for you? Here's what you should know.

Liquid IV claims that it stands above the competition because of its Cellular Transport Technology (CTT). According to their website, most of the water you drink passes through your digestive system before it can be effectively absorbed by the body. CTT combines sodium, glucose, and potassium to create an "osmotic force" that lets water into the bloodstream before it completely passes through the digestive system.

According to Mayo Clinic, there is no exact rate at which your body loses water. This depends on many factors, including your environment, age, and activity level. Some people may not have an issue absorbing enough water, especially if they drink plenty throughout the day.

Liquid IV is a good option if you really need it

Although Liquid IV's claims about its Cellular Transport Technology are not backed up scientifically, they do claim to follow the World Health Organization's standards for oral rehydration fluids (via Liquid IV). These have been studied extensively to show that glucose, which is found in Liquid IV, can improve the absorption of sodium and water (via National Library of Medicine). Because of these studies, there is a good chance that Liquid IV really can improve hydration.

One major downside of Liquid IV is its sugar content. One serving of this product contains 11 grams of added sugar. According to the American Heart Association, men should not consume more than 36 grams of added sugar per day while women should not consume more than 25 grams per day. Liquid IV is also much more expensive than water. If you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, you probably don't need to worry about improving your hydration. However, anyone who struggles with their water intake may find this product beneficial.