Comparing Electrolyte Powders: Relyte vs Liquid IV (Sugar-Free)

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When I’m looking to purchase a supplement I want to look at all the details of the products.

Therefore, in this post, I looked at prices, ingredients, and different forms of electrolytes. I even priced out the servings of each electrolyte.

Most of the comparisons will be shown in tables for easy viewing.

Near the end of this article, I also have a discount code for you, if you choose one of the brands.

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Electrolytes and Ingredients in Re-Lyte Hydration and Liquid IV

Liquid IV

There are 14 single-serving sticks in this bag.

The supplements in Liquid IV are L-glutamine, L-alanine, potassium (citrate), salt, vitamin C, niacin, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and pantothenic acid.

Ingredients used for flavor are allulose, stevia leaf extract, and natural flavors.

One other ingredient in Liquid IV is silicon dioxide.

Re-Lyte Hydration

Mixed Berry Hydration Relyte - Comparing Electrolyte Powders: Relyte vs Liquid IV (Sugar-Free)

The supplements in Re-Lyte Hydration are salt from Redmond Real Salt, magnesium (malate and glycinate), potassium (citrate), chloride, calcium (carbonate), and coconut water powder.

Ingredients used for flavor are stevia leaf extract, natural flavors, and GMO-free citric acid.

Amounts of Electrolytes in Powder

To keep things standard in comparing the amounts of electrolytes in each brand it’s always good to know how much powder is in each serving.

There are 13 grams of powder in Liquid IV and 6.3 grams in the Re-Lyte Hydration.

Name Magnesium Potassium Sodium Calcium Chloride
Re-Lyte Hydration 50 mg 400 mg 810 mg 60 mg 1280 mg
Liquid IV Not Included 380 mg 530 mg Not Included Not Included
This table looks at the total amount of electrolytes in each brand per serving.

Flavors of Each Brand with their Carb Counts

Liquid IV (Sugar-Free)

  • Lemon Lime-5 carbs from allulose
  • Green Grape-5 carbs from allulose
  • White Peach-5 carbs from allulose

Re-Lyte Hydration

  • Strawberry Lemonade-0 carbs
  • Mixed Berry-0 carbs
  • Mango-0 carbs
  • Pina Colada-0 carbs
  • Watermelon Lime-0 carbs
  • Lemon Lime-0 carbs
  • Unflavored-0 carbs
4 jars of relyte electrolyte drink mix - Comparing Electrolyte Powders: Relyte vs Liquid IV (Sugar-Free)
These are the older containers of Re-Lyte Electrolyte Mixes. The formula has slightly changed but the flavor has stayed the same. To view a more detailed post on Re-Lyte, check out my review here.

Taste Difference

I purchased the Lemon Lime flavors of both brands and tried them both. Hands down I loved Redmond’s Relyte Hydration the best. I added the recommended amount of water to each of the brands and made sure they were well mixed.

I could not stand the Liquid IV mix. It was almost too tart and not sweet enough. It doesn’t sound bad if you typically like that, but the flavor also gave a weird aftertaste.

This is just my take on the flavor though, there are other reviews out there where the person has liked the flavor from the sugar-free Liquid IV.

Remond’s Lemon Lime is more of a smooth and lightly sweet taste compared to Liquid IV’s Lemon Lime. I’ve also tried all the flavors from Redmond’s and enjoy them all.

Relyte and Liquid IV - Comparing Electrolyte Powders: Relyte vs Liquid IV (Sugar-Free)

Different Forms of Electrolytes

Name Magnesium Potassium Sodium Calcium Chloride
Re-Lyte Hydration Malate & Glycinate Citrate Redmond Pink Real Salt Carbonate Chloride
Liquid IV Not Included Citrate Salt Not Included Not Included
This table looks at the different forms of electrolytes from each brand.

Of the 3 significant electrolytes, sodium, potassium, and chloride, Re-Lyte has all 3 and Liquid IV has 2 of the 3. Magnesium, calcium, phosphate, and bicarbonate are other electrolytes the body needs from either fluids or food (source).

The top 3 electrolytes you will hear that we need most in keto are sodium, potassium, and magnesium. We must replenish these with food or through a supplement.

On a side note, most Americans are not getting enough magnesium in their diets.

Potassium Citrate

Potassium Graphic - Comparing Electrolyte Powders: Relyte vs Liquid IV (Sugar-Free)

Potassium citrate is used to stop kidney stones that can happen if someone has gout. It’s also used to treat kidney stones. Potassium citrate also alkalizes urine (source).

The Difference between Magnesium Glycinate and Malate

Magnesium graphic - Comparing Electrolyte Powders: Relyte vs Liquid IV (Sugar-Free)

Magnesium glycinate has been found to help those who are dealing with cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory diseases, and diabetes. It even helps the quality of sleep and neurological functions (source).

Magnesium malate has been found to help the following conditions, Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and other related conditions (source).

Both of these forms of magnesium are easily absorbed.

Prices Per Serving

When I’m looking at getting supplements, price is a major factor in my discussion. I have this table below on the price per serving and then another table on the price per electrolyte.

Name Price Servings Price/Serving
Re-Lyte Hydration $41.99 60 $0.70
Liquid IV $24.99 14 $1.79
When you subscribe to Re-Lyte or use my KKN15 code the price is $35.69.

Price Per Electrolyte

Name Price/Magnesium Price/Potassiuim Price/Sodium
Re-Lyte Hydration $0.84 $0.10 $0.05
Liquid IV NA $0.07 $0.05

Some Common Questions about Re-Lyte and Liquid IV

What are the benefits of Redmond Re-Lyte?

One benefit of Redmond’s Re-Lyte is that it’s formulated with experts to include a 2:1 sodium-to-potassium ratio, plus magnesium, chloride, calcium, and the 60+ trace minerals from Real Salt. (The Unflavored variety does not have calcium.)

Another great benefit of Redmond’s Re-Lyte Hydration mix is that it’s easier to mix compared to their previous Re-Lyte Electrolyte powder.

The new formula has the same amounts of electrolytes, 0 carbs per serving, and still no junk with great flavor.

Are There Single-Serve Sticks for Re-Lyte Hydration?

There are single-serve packets for Re-Lyte Hydration. Makes it easy on the go when you want electrolytes for easy use. If you get them, just make sure to use code KKN15 for 15% off.

Can I have Liquid IV on Keto?

You can have Liquid IV on keto only if you drink the sugar-free ones. There are 3 sugar-free flavors of Liquid IV that you can enjoy on keto or if you are a diabetic.

The non-sugar-free ones contain 10-11 grams of sugar, which is from sugar cane and dextrose.

More Info on Re-Lyte Electrolyte Powder

If you want more detail on Redmond’s electrolyte mix, I have a post on their powder where I go into more detail.

The images are different as the company changed the outside of their packing this spring.

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