COACHELLA, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 16: A general view of atmosphere at Liquid I.V. House of Hydration on April 16, 2022, at Old Polo Estate in Coachella, California. (Photo by Cassidy Sparrow/Getty Images for Liquid I.V.)
Health - Wellness
Is Liquid IV Actually Good For You?
Liquid IV is an electrolyte drink that provides two to three times the hydration of plain water using Cellular Transport Technology (CTT). 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.
Liquid IV's Hydration Multiplier contains two essential electrolytes (dipotassium phosphate and potassium citrate); vitamins B3, B5, B6, B12, and C; citric acid; dextrose; stevia leaf extract; natural flavors; and mined salt. One stick contains 45 calories, 500 milligrams of sodium, and 11 grams of sugar and is meant to be mixed with 16 ounces of water.
One potential benefit of Liquid IV is that it can help improve hydration and help replenish the body's stores of nutrients. 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.
One major downside of Liquid IV is its sugar and sodium content, and some people may experience side effects from some Liquid IV varieties, including nausea, headaches, fatigue, and diarrhea. Liquid IV recommends that consumers don't take more than one serving of this product daily, and it is best to speak with your doctor before trying it.