Too Much Water Hinders Performance

In an effort to avoid heat related illnesses, organizations, like the military, and individuals, such as athletes, create schedules for themselves to determine when and how much water they should drink to stay hydrated. Sadly, this act of ignoring one’s thirst mechanism and drinking as much as possible has led to many cases of acute water intoxication, putting these individuals at risk of hyponatremia and death. In addition, when this occurs, they perform at a less than optimal standard and defeat the purpose of hydrating in the first place.

Hyponatremia is a condition that occurs when the amount of sodium in the body is lower than normal. It commonly manifests when a person drinks large amounts of water, which dilutes the blood sodium levels and causes confusion, tiredness, agitation and seizures.

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Don't Miss the BANa Sweepstakes in Lake Shore Runner's Blog

We sent BANa to a Chicago athlete named Sara. She says,

"It has the same great salty taste that sport beverages have been you can tell it is not filled with artificial flavors. I look forward to this after a long run or even bring it with me to hot yoga. There really isn’t a bad time to drink it!"


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Locally Made Hydrating Solution to be Sold by Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie

An extra-hydrating drink developed by a local doctor will soon be sold in several supermarkets across the country.

BANa, the drink developed by local physician Benjamin Yoo of HealthFirst Rapid Care in North Charleston, was recently picked up by Jacksonville, Florida-based Bi-Lo Holdings.

The drink will be sold in all 828 of the company's stores, including Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie and Harveys.

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Charleston Hydration Drink Company Seals Deal with Grocery Store Chains

"A hydration beverage drink developed by a Charleston doctor will now be sold in more than 82,000 grocery stores throughout the Southeast, according to a news release.

Dr. Benjamin Yoo, the drink company’s CEO, developed Bana after treating athletes in the emergency room for dehydration for more than a decade." Continue readingx

Stay Hydrated with BANa

I live in Florida and I enjoy working out. That means I really need to make sure that I am keeping my body hydrated. Especially if I take my run outside! 3 miles when it’s over 90 degrees outside will really wear you out ;)

So, when I had the opportunity to review BANa, I was definitely interested. What is BANa?

Well, it’s the new hydration beverage with the sole aim of naturally replenishing the body with the liquid it needs to perform at its max.

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Troy Conquers 26.2: BANa Review

Rather than test BANa out on a long run and risk GI issues, I tried it at home and not even after a particularly grueling day.  The first sip caught me off-guard.  I had been expecting a tart and artificial berry flavor but instead was greeted by a mild berry taste.  The berry flavor worked but along with it came a strange sweet and salty mixture best described as very light syrup.  I struggled a bit and felt like I needed a water rinse when I finished the bottle.  I felt hydrated and continued to feel that way for a much longer time than I thought normal.   Continue readingx

BANa Rehydration: Review and Giveaway

Let's talk hydration. Especially during these summer months, staying hydrating is clutch to successful racing and running. The less hydrated you are, the harder your heart has to work to pump blood. So better hydration equals better performance.

Recently, I've been testing out a new hydration tool. BANa, emphasis on the Na for sodium, is serious rehydration that uses the power of salt to keep you from bonking. Dr. Benjamin Yoo created BANa after treating college athletes for dehydration. He would treat them with a saline solution given intravenously (sometimes requiring multiple bags of the solution to recover), and that's where the idea was born that they could get this treatment in a bottle on their own, no hospital stay required. One of their marketing slogans is that BANa is "an IV in a bottle." Read more about Dr. Yoo and his research here

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A Review Of BANa – The New Rehydration Drink on the Block

This role is typically reserved for oral rehydration salts, which dissolve in water and offer a balance of sugars and salts in order to get your body back to its proper baseline.

However, a company called Bana has recently formulated a drink that does the trick. Created by a physician, Bana serves to do exactly what a saline IV does, except without the hospital visit and the discomfort of a needle and a tube in your arm. Bana comes in convenient plastic bottles similar to Vitamin Water or Powerade.

The Verdict

I have tested Bana on several occasions now. Each time, I have done so after a vigorous workout. The impact is noticeable. In fact, it gives me a sense of rejuvenation after a workout, and I do feel rehydrated after having lost a considerable amount of fluids. I am definitely going to pack a few for my trip back to West Africa, where I will most likely use it whenever I come down with a bit of food poisoning or traveler’s diarrhea.

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