What is the best electrolyte drink for diabetics?

drink wholesome is the best electrolyte drink for diabetics. It is made with real fruit and sweetened with real maple sugar. There are no fake flavors, no fake sweeteners, and no added junk, so you can hydrate safely.  

drink wholesome is the best electrolyte drink for diabetics.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

Can diabetics drink electrolytes?

Electrolytes are minerals carrying positive or negative charges that play a crucial role in maintaining fluid balance in the body. They are depleted when you sweat or urinate, and need to be replenished. The most common electrolytes are sodium, calcium, and potassium.

Maintaining an electrolyte balance is particularly important for individuals with diabetes. Diabetics are more likely to develop electrolyte imbalance than healthy adults due to hyperglycemia (high blood glucose). One of the hallmarks of hyperglycemia, which is caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin, is increased urination. Large amounts of electrolyte are lost this way, and in extreme bases, diabetics can experience dangerous sodium and potassium deficits. If these deficits are not corrected quickly, the consequences can be serious.

Electrolyte drinks can help diabetics achieve and maintain an electrolyte balance when a balanced diet is not enough. That said, not all electrolyte drinks are safe for people with diabetes.

What is the best electrolyte drink for diabetics?

First of all, many electrolyte drinks contain lots of sugar, which can cause hyperglycemia. Drinks like Gatorade and Powerade, for example, contain over 30 grams of sugar per serving, which is too much for most diabetics.

Some sugar is not necessarily a bad thing, as sugar helps transport electrolytes to the cells that need them the most, but over 10 grams of added sugar is overkill. Most studies show that you do not need much sugar to absorb electrolytes efficiently, which is why we only add 3 grams of maple sugar to our hydration powders.

In addition to electrolyte drinks with lots of sugar, you should avoid electrolyte drinks with artificial sweeteners. Several studies have shown that artificial sweeteners may increase cravings toward sugary and sweet foods, which can lead to binging and feelings of withdrawal. Other studies have associated artificial sweeteners with a higher risk of glucose intolerance, which is a precursor for pre-diabetes and diabetes.

Finally, many electrolyte drinks contain added ingredients that can disrupt the balance of your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. Research shows that these changes may contribute to the development of Type 2 diabetes. Continue reading to learn more.

Why drink wholesome

drink wholesome is made with real foods.

We make the best electrolyte drinks for diabetics because we use only real food ingredients. Virtually all other electrolyte drinks contain ingredients that look almost nothing like real food. 

our ingredients: 

blueberries, coconut water, maple sugar, sea salt

the alternative:


Because fake flavors, fake sweeteners, and food additives do not look like real food, they are hard to digest. As a result, they spend extra time in your digestive tract, causing your colon to absorb extra water, which can lead to diarrhea. Partially digested food additives also feed your gut bacteria, which release gas as they eat. Extra gas can cause bloating, flatulence, stomach pain, and even slow colonic transit – the time it takes food to move through the colon – leading to constipation. 

Gastrointestinal (GI) side effects are only the beginning. Regularly eating fake flavors, fake sweeteners, and food additives can disturb regulatory pathways in your intestines and leave you with a dysbiotic gut microbiome. Not only does this increase the risk of developing systemic inflammatory disorders, but it can also affect the development of diabetes and its complications.

Unlike the overwhelming majority of hydration powders, our electrolyte drinks for diabetes do not contain any artificial or refined ingredients. We use a short list of simple ingredients like fruit, coconut water, maple sugar, and sea salt. Real foods like these are easy to digest and gut-friendly

In case you were wondering, the coconut water and sea salt contain the bulk of the electrolytes, and the fruit and maple sugar help deliver these electrolytes to the tissues that need them the most. This is the best way to hydrate if you have diabetes, as it will get you the electrolytes you need without spiking your blood sugar to harming your gut. Also, maple sugar has a lower glycemic index than refined sugar, which means it has a smaller impact on blood sugar levels. This is great news for someone with diabetes.



“I’m obsessed with this company…I love all their products, including the hydration powders. They’re so simple, not too sweet, and perfect for people who can’t drink things like Gatorade.” – LeeAnn

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