What Is Liquid I.V.? And How Does It Work?

This may be a bold, even brash stance to take, but, in my opinion, human beings need water to live. There, I said it. Thrash me to ribbons in the comments if you must, but in my experience, hydration is the key to not shriveling up into a human husk. But what if there’s something better than water? Enter Liquid I.V., which according to its advertising, is “a great-tasting electrolyte drink mix powered by Cellular Transport Technology (CTT) ️to hydrate faster and more efficiently than water.” Talk about a bold, brash stance! Liquid I.V. has been a go-to for many after wild nights, but what is it really? I hope you brought a snorkel, because today we take a deep dive into Liquid I.V.

What does Liquid I.V. do?

As mentioned above, Liquid I.V. supposedly hydrates the human body more efficiently than plain old water. My theory is that it’s most effective as a hangover cure/deterrent. After you’ve had a few drinks, the idea of chugging plain water is not always appetizing. So, Liquid I.V gives some much needed pizzazz to the stuff to help you force it down. Thanks, Liquid I.V.! 

What is in Liquid I.V.?

The original basic Liquid I.V. formulation consists of sugar, electrolytes (sodium and potassium) and stevia, as well as Vitamins C, B3, B5, B6, and B12. Each serving offers up 45 calories, 11 grams of carbohydrates, 500 milligrams of sodium and 380 milligrams of potassium. 

Does Liquid I.V. have caffeine?

The regular Liquid IV Hydration drink mix does NOT contain caffeine. However, the brand does offer a variety specifically formulated to give some pep to the consumer: Liquid I.V. Energy Multiplier, which does contain 100mg of caffeine per packet. That’s even a little more caffeine than a cup of coffee, but you’re less likely to get to show off your cool vintage mug collection while drinking it. 

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Best Liquid I.V. Flavors

What are the best Liquid I.V. flavors? We tasted all the flavors we could find so you can enjoy hydration.

How does Liquid I.V. work? 

Liquid I.V. is a product powder that claims to hydrate you quicker (as opposed to drinking water alone) by utilizing vitamins and minerals to most effectively transport fluid throughout the body. More specifically, Liquid I.V. uses something the brand calls Cellular Transport Technology, which they claim delivers necessary nutrients, sodium, glucose, and potassium at a more rapid pace into the bloodstream. When combined with sugar, sodium speeds up the absorption of water, technically hydrating you quicker, but not necessarily more effectively. But, hey, water doesn’t come in fun flavors and this stuff does, so pick your battles!

At the end of the day, while Liquid I.V. is certainly a tasty alternative to the famously flavorless water (unless you’re drinking it from a questionable faucet), the science behind its effectiveness is certainly still up in the air. If the stuff’s mostly water anyway, it’s really just there to make water a little more fun to drink. Water is still the drumbeat that makes Liquid I.V. a catchy song worth listening to. 

About the Author

Joe Rumrill

Joe Rumrill is a fictional one-eyed spinach-loving sailor created in 1929 by E.C Se- Wait, no, that's not right... Joe Rumrill is a stand up comedian and writer currently based in Los Angeles. His favorite thing about food is a close tie between the taste and the nutrients one gets from it. His least favorite thing about it is the "gritty, dirt-like quality some food has", but he's most likely referring to the time in third grade he was dared to eat playground sand.

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