Us vs. Them: Hydrating With Less Sugar.

Hydration is key for optimal health. It increases energy and brain function, helps joints and muscles function correctly, maximizes physical performance, cleanses the body and helps to reduce cravings.

Over the years, a collection of products on the marketplace are helping those achieve "better" hydration but what does “better” really mean? We did a little deep dive to make sure you have all the facts about these "super hydrators" as we continue to get asked about our Body Balance Powder and if it can be consumed throughout the day. 

Your body is composed of 60% water. The variations for both men and women’s daily recommended amount of water varies, but ultimately, men should get around 13 cups from beverages while women should get nine cups.

So before we begin, let’s first identify what your hydration goal is: 

  • Are you looking to drink more water?
  • Are you looking for added vitamins and nutrients?
  • Are you looking for less sugar?

If your answer to all of those questions is ‘yes’ then you’re just like us and you’ve come to the right place!

What this article is going to do is dive into why you should always choose Sweetkick over the likes of, say, Liquid IV, Hydrant and Vital Proteins. For starters, we hydrate. We nourish. We balance. We infuse. But don’t just take our word for it. Keep reading as we dive into the benefits and use cases of each one of these great products below, and why you should always always always pay attention to how much sugar you’ll find in each of them. 

Liquid IV: 

Liquid IV Hydration Multiplier contains 3x the electrolytes of a traditional sports drink, including potassium citrate, the mineral that's responsible for maintaining fluid balance in the body. However, each serving contains 11g of sugar. One 8oz pack of our Body Balance Powder contains 0g of sugar, while also helping you maintain all day hydration, with the added benefit of reducing cravings and stabilizing blood sugar levels. 


Hydrant is similar to Liquid IV - one 16oz serving contains 11g of added sugar! That’s almost half of your daily intake. These companies are going to tell you that this is “enough sugar for Hydrant to be super-functional and taste great, but no more.” Super-functional doesn’t have to come at a price. Our 8oz packs of Body Balance Powder contain 0g of sugar AND come with as much zinc as five cups of spinach, as much Vitamin D as seven eggs and as much dietary fiber as 11 asparagus spears. 

Vital Proteins Hydration + Collagen Boost: 

Vital Proteins Hydration + Collagen Boost powder is a mixture of sugar, electrolytes and collagen, offering up to 880 mg of of electrolytes and 1g of functional sugar per serving.

One gram of sugar may not seem like a lot, but in a pack with seven servings, that’s seven extra grams of sugar your body doesn’t actually need, even if these companies claim it’s necessary for “effective hydration.” Well, here are some additional major differences: 

  • We are vegan. Vital Proteins is not. 
  • Collagen is just one essential nutrient that helps stimulate the production of healthy hair, skin and nails, along with muscle recovery, while our Body Balance Powder is made up of a superblend of prebiotic fibers, vitamins and minerals that support holistic health from within. 
  • We help maintain healthy glucose levels with Chromium Picolinate. Chromium helps maintain already normal glucose levels and insulin sensitivity and can assist in weight management. Vital Protein does not. 

In fact, each of our powder packs is a 100% vegan superblend of prebiotic fibers that support balanced blood sugar levels, gut health and all-day energy. One 8oz powder pack is good for an 8oz - 12oz glass of water, coffee or tea and can be enjoyed at any time, as many times as you want. Because we support gut health and the maintenance of a healthy gut microbiome with prebiotics and things like Chromium Picolinate, which provides the chromium often lacking in daily diets, you’re not only absorbing nutrients in your water better, but other essential nutrients as well. Holistic health is about more than just hydration, although that is a key part of it, and we’re all about holistic health. 

Like we said, there are a ton of benefits to these brands, but none that really compare to the benefit of our single use, powder packs. With a Mixed Berry flavor now available, you can start your day off with us and keep it going into the night. We are easy to travel with and even easier to enjoy.