In the hot Arizona summers, we drink a lot of fluids in order to stay hydrated in temperatures that often exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Water is our primary drink, but when we've been working hard out in the sun and heat, fluids need to do more than just replenish fluids lost through sweating... they need to replace electrolytes and potassium in order to fend off heat stroke or other severe weather-related effects.
For years I shunned Gatorade, despite knowing it was probably a good choice for the climate here in southeastern Arizona. It was too heavy, too sweet, and too salty for my taste. It actually made me nauseous, since I rarely consume sweet things, and certainly not icy-cold sweet drinks.
I stumbled upon G2 from Gatorade a few years ago, and to this day I believe it was made for people like me -- those who don't enjoy sweet, syrupy beverages. G2 is lighter, far less sweet, and lower in calories than its cousin, regular Gatorade. It manages to be refreshing, helpful with fluid and electrolyte loss, and still flavorful. My personal favorite flavor is the Lime and Cucumber! Refreshing, and far from sweet, it's easy to drink and doesn't upset the stomach -- even when gulped.
G2 is available in a slew of flavors, but local availability may vary. It seems like lots of folks still prefer the original Gatorade. When it's on sale, I stock up. At any given time, I may have 20 or more bottles of G2 on hand. We carry it while hiking, have it on ice when working in the yard and keep a few bottles in the car when traveling. A great alternative, G2 is a staple around here.