Vitapod Hydra+: Healthier Than Water

Vitapod Hydra+: Healthier Than Water

By Dr. David Nieman, DrPHD, FACSM 

Our classic Hydra+ pods come in four delicious flavors: Blueberry Pomegranate, Watermelon, Pineapple Coconut, and Cotton Candy. With each pod specifically designed to be healthier than water. Bold statement, we know. Let us explain ourselves.  

Each pod in the Hydra+ collection includes vitamins A, C, D, E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium and flavonoids – which are plant-based antioxidants. Flavonoids make up the pigmentation in plants to protect them from UV radiation and viruses. The reported health benefits of flavonoids are never-ending – they are anti-inflammatory, immune strengthening, lower the risk of dementia, and have many other benefits you can find here 

What we love about Hydra+ 

  • Includes essential micronutrients, flavonoids, and electrolytes for ultimate hydration.  
  • Low in sodium. 
  • ZERO sugar.  
  • Low calorie (8 calories a pod).  
  • No artificial flavors or sweeteners.  
  • Oh, and on top of that, it tastes delicious.  

Let’s talk about dehydration.  

75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated – symptoms include headaches, tiredness, muscle cramps and dizziness. Dehydration leaves your brain function scattered and let’s not get into the irritable mood that goes alongside it. But we don’t have to convince you that staying hydrated is important. So why not do it with a delicious, vitamin-packed drink?  

So what makes Hydra+ so hydrating? 

Electrolytes! The electrolytes we use are sodium and potassium which when combined with our essential vitamins and flavonoids help retain water in your body. But that isn’t the only benefit of Hydra+ our vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids (deriving from decaffeinated green tea extract) have been formulated to help you reach your nutrition goals on top of getting you hydrated.   

No sugar? And it tastes good?  

We know how this sounds. Too good to be true, right? But don’t just take our word for it. Give Vitapod a try and see for yourself. With studies indicating that the average adult adds 300 calories a day to their diet from sugary drinks, drinks which have been linked to the obesity epidemic among other ailments, cutting or lowering sugar was an important mission for us at Vitapod. And we haven’t sacrificed taste - our Hydra+ pods unique flavors will make your taste buds do a double take. 



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