For years, Gatorade and Powerade have cornered the market when it came to rehydrating athletes. But a newcomer to the game is quickly making an impact across the country. BANa rehydration drink, created by Charleston based Dr. Benjamin Yoo, provides 4X the amount of salt that the other sports drinks have with zero calories and no sugar. It’s marketed as an “IV in a bottle” with a berry taste that is essential to runners, football players, endurance athletes and more.
“The only electrolyte you need for rehydration is salt,” Yoo says, “The normal saline is 9000Mg of salt and water. It has nothing else inside an IV bag. As a doctor we know you need salt, not magnesium or calcium to rehydrate. As a runner you lose salt and water. There are no calories or sugar—it’s all natural. We use sea salt and stevia, but the whole reason why it works so effectively is the salt. You really don’t need anything else. BANa works just as good as an IV. Once you get hydrated, the nausea and cramps go away in about 15-30 minutes.”
Several Division 1 and 2 schools as well as many others provide BANa to their student-athletes. It’s not uncommon to see runners grab the drink after a long run and many athletes are finding that their recovery time is a lot quicker once they replenish their bodies with the essential salts that they lost during competition.
“At a recent meet, two of my student-athletes were suffering from moderate to severe dehydration,” said Jason-Lamont Jackson, Head Coach Cross Country/Track & Field, Virginia State University, “They were given BANa to help them recover and were so impressed and pleased with the results!”
“We have an elaborate system from our brains to our kidneys and there are certain hormones that say we need more salt,” Yoo says, “There is an active transport system in the kidneys that takes the salt from your body when you drink, and puts it into your body. The water follows after it. We looked at a journal that says 9,000mg of salt in a saline IV bag works great but 800mg of sodium in BANa works great as well. There’s a certain amount of salt you need to maximize rehydration.”
BANa was developed with a simple idea that a beverage drink similar to an IV bag would produce the maximum rehydration property needed for optimal revitalization. BANa capitalizes on the scientifically proven hydrating property of sodium and other electrolytes, all which contribute to normal cell function. BANa’s concept was built on the functionality of an IV normal saline bag used in emergency rooms. If you can bring the ingredients of an IV bag to the field of play, you can cut down on time spent on the sidelines.
Dr. Yoo also stresses that, “BANa incorporates potassium, vitamins and minerals – all which assist in a more effective and efficient recovery during dehydrated episodes. While water may seem to be a good source of rehydration, it does not contain the most important electrolyte-sodium –which contribute to normal cell and organ function.
You can get more information about BANa on its website www.banadrink.com or on twitter @BaNaRehydrates