BANa Berry Flavored Hydration Drink

Serious hydration is the promise of BANA.  Serious hydration is what has been needed all summer.  I tried out BANA last week on a serious 14 mile run.  I was running with a new friend and he likes to run fast.  I normally run my long runs at about a 10 minute mile or maybe a little slower.  He wanted to “keep it slow” at an 8 or 9 minute pace.  :)

I drank one bottle (500 ml; 16.9 fl oz) of BANA before we met for the run.  Before you drink it, you need to know what it is:  a drink based on the concept of an IV.  A doctor decided that if dehydrated people needed IV fluids, then serious athletes probably should be receiving the contents of an IV.  He altered the formula a bit and added cherry flavoring.  As you might imagine, it has a high sodium and potassium content as well as many other electrolytes.  This means that the berry taste has a very salty character.

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On The Shelf

Just in time for the onset of the annual summer swelter, BANa, a rehydration drink created by a Charleston emergency room physician, is available on the shelves of Bi-Lo grocery stores in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. It's also available at Piggly Wiggly stores in Charleston, Hilton Head, Columbia and Myrtle Beach as well as several gyms.

Developed by Dr. Benjamin Yoo, BANa was created for athletes, but also works for laborers and anyone who is frequently outdoors such as boaters, people with flulike symptoms and anyone with a hangover.

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Rehydrate with BANa at Charleston’s Cooper River Bridge Run

BANa Capitalizes on the Hydrating Properties of Sodium to Help Before, During and After the Race. Sample BANa at the Cooper River Bridge Run’s Expo and Finish Festival, play the Bridge Run Trek on SCVNGR and play the “Drink BANa, Not That” game to learn more.

You probably know what to eat and what stretches to do before Charleston’s Cooper River Bridge Run or any race. But do you know the best way to prevent and treat dehydration””BANa, the serious rehydration drink.

A rehydration drink created by a Charleston physician, BANa is based on the concept of the saline IV. It was designed to work faster, cheaper and without invasive measures. Drink an ice cold BANa before the race to pre-hydrate and prevent dehydration, during to stay hydrated and after to ease any symptoms of dehydration, like muscle cramps and nausea.

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Hungover? BANa to the Rescue!

Thanks to BANa, a rehydrating drink developed by a Charleston-area M.D., celebrators needn’t welcome 2011 with a headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness—hangover symptoms that also signal dehydration. Dehydration is the most common culprit for the next-day blues.

Fans of the drink have discovered they can forego the aspirin, and slam a $2 bottle of BANa. 
Developed by an ER doc, Ben Yoo, BANa is modeled after saline IVs administered in emergency rooms and urgent cares. Whereas ER docs administer about 3 to 4 bags of the saline solution (and up to 36,000 mg of sodium), BANa works faster, cheaper and without invasive measures.

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IV in a Bottle

"In the summer of 2007, Dr. Benjamin Yoo kept seeing athletes from Charleston Southern University coming into the Health First Rapid Care facility in North Charleston with symptoms of dehydration. He'd get them hooked up to an IV bag, and they get over their symptoms, cramps or headaches within an hour. Then the proverbial light bulb went off in his head." Continue readingx

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BANa Bottling Co. CEO Benjamin Yoo is no ordinary business executive. A board-certified family medicine physician, Yoo invented BANa, or what he calls “an I.V. bag you can drink.” It’s a rehydration beverage that contains much of the same ingredients emergency room doctors prescribe in an IV bag – electrolytes, potassium, chloride, biocarbonate and sodium – but BANa has a sweet berry taste. Continue readingx