Look at that poor fool up there, rummaging through some other sucker's ice chest trying to find the last drops of fresh water he can consume to stop the impending heat exhaustion he feels coming. Don't be that guy up there, he's about to have a rough day.

I'm normally good about taking enough water when I participate in anything strenuous. I always take my Kriega Hydro 3 Hydration Backpack when I ride dual sports, I take a bottle with me to the gym, and always I'm pretty conscious about drinking the stuff because I hear we sort of die without it. The picture above was from this past summer when we went to Socal Supermoto School, and it was actually my first experience with heat exhaustion and dehydration. I'd bought a case of gatorade and a case of water that morning but, between four riders and a photo/video crew of four or so; we went through it quickly.

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I was drinking a bottle of something every time I got off the track, but it still wasn't enough to stave off leaving the day disoriented, nauseous, and pretty worried about what the night had in store for me. We hit the gas station for Pedialyte on the way home, chugged a few more gatorades and, fortunately, by the next day, I was pretty much fine.

Weeks later, I was in Austin for California Superbike School, and again I found myself with the first signs of dehydration. At supermoto school, it was Riverside's triple digit temperatures that got me but in Austin, it was the humidity that fooled this silly Southern Californian into thinking too much about playing and not enough about my fluid intake. Fortunately, CSS team mom Lara had a solution: Skratch Labs Hydration.

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Skratch Labs makes products that are little different from your normal "sports drink." They contain more sodium, less sugar, and a little bit of zinc; all based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization. Where more sport drinks are about neon colors, artificial flavors and colors, and paying athletes to drink them, Skratch's product, like Pedialyte, came about by trying to help kids and people who were sick or dehydrated from diarrhea.

They make Exercise Hydration Mix, which is made from cane sugar, dextrose, sodium citrate, citric acid, magnesium lactate, calcium citrate, potassium citrate, ascorbic acid, and fruit juices. A serving has about 80 calories, zero fat, 360mg of sodium, 40mg of potassium, 21 grams of carbs (20 of which are from sugar), zero protein, and 35% of your daily vitamin C, 6% of your daily calcium, and 10% of your daily magnesium.

The Rescue Hydration Mix, which I took before supplementing the rest of my day with the Exercise Hydration Mix, is made from cane sugar, sodium citrate, dextrose, potassium citrate, citric acid, salt, lemon juice, lime juice, zinc picolinate. A serving of that is 70 calories and has 750mg of sodium, 250mg of potassium, 17 grams of carbs (16 from sugar), and will provide about 45% of your suggested daily Zinc intake.

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Fortunately, Lara caught me early enough in the day that, after a serving of the Rescue mix and a few more of the Hydration mix throughout the day, I felt fine in an hour or two. For the second day of the school, I stuck with switching between the regular Hydration mix and plain water all day and had no dehydration symptoms.

I wish I could say that my experiences needing Skratch Labs were over, but then came my second time attending California Superbike School, this time in Las Vegas, Nevada. For this trip, I'd brought along my buddies Justin, Nick, Albert, and Jesse, as well as my girlfriend before she was leaving on a long work trip. Jesse used to own the club that an artist my girlfriend loves happened to be playing at and, even though I told everyone to go to bed early and to be well rested for our first day school, my Instagram story the following day reminded me I was in the club drinking tequila until 4am or so. Because I'm an idiot and because she's really cute when I take her to see music instead of motorcycles.

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Thankfully, I'm almost an adult and didn't drink so much that I cough lost any fluids unpleasantly cough, but my head didn't feel great the next day. Once again, it was team mom Lara to the rescue, and once again she was holding a packet of Rescue Hydration Mix. By lunch time, I felt fine and by dinner, I'd forgotten all about my previous night's transgressions enough to go out and do it again. Okay, that's not exactly true, but you get my point.

Skratch Labs make a host of other products including a hydration recovery product for endurance athletes as well as carb-loaded fruit drops and a cookie mix they swear will replace those energy bars in your cupboard.

They also have a fantastic blog, which dives into the science behind each of their products as well as recipes, life skills, and company news.

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For example, here is the blog on the Rescue Hydration Mix that explains how it was conceived and the science behind its ingredients, all from someone far better at science than I.

Normally, I wouldn't be so impressed by another health brand or sport drink, but I knew that Keith Code and company would dive into this brand the same way they do with riding techniques and that, if they believed in it, it would be with good reason. They tackle the products they use the same way they look at riding techniques. From my personal experiences, the product delivers better than any sports drink I've had, and I didn't feel gross after drinking it.

An eight pack of the Rescue Hydration Mix will run you about $15, and can stow handily in your gear bag or cupboard. Just make sure you keep them accessible for the next time you pull a Sean and need one.