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Why do most athletes need electrolyte supplementation?

Hyponatremia, a condition marked by low blood sodium levels, can lead to nausea, fatigue, vomiting, weakness, sleepiness, and in rare severe cases, even death.

Sweat typically has about 1000 mg sodium/quart; a typical sports drink has 440 mg sodium/quart. If, during the course of training, you ingest nothing but sports drinks (or worse, water), you will become hyponatremic at some point. That's what electrolyte capsules can help you deal with.

Why do I need more than just sodium. Table salt is easy and cheap to add to my drink mix...?

While sodium is the predominant electrolyte lost in sweat, a trio of other electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, and calcium) perform crucial roles in muscle contraction, relaxation, and performance. Loss of these electrolytes over time will impair your muscles to function normally. Table salt only contains sodium chloride. Furthermore, adding too much salt to a drink will make it unpalatable and you will be less likely to actually drink it. A capsule delivers the electrolytes you need without tasting bad.

What is the science behind SaltStickTM Caps?

Simple: What is lost in sweat should be replaced by your electrolyte capsules. Only SaltStickTM Caps do this in a single product. SaltStickTM Caps have been formulated to allow your body to absorb the electrolyte content in the suggested serving of 1-2 capsules per hour. Two capsules equate to 430 mg sodium, 126 mg potassium, 22 mg magnesium, and 44 mg calcium per hour: The ideal ratio to keep you moving.

  Average Sweat SaltStick Caps
Electrolyte per 11oz / 315 mL per capsule
     
Sodium 220 215
Potassium 63 63
Magnesium 8 11
Calcium 16 22

  • Electrolyte numbers represent milligrams of electrolyte, and are approximate
  • SaltStickTM formulation is patent pending
  • What is bioavailability and why does it matter?

    A nutrient's bioavailability is the proportion of the nutrient that, when ingested, actually gets absorbed by the body. Absorption rate is important because even when a drug is absorbed completely, it may be absorbed too slowly to produce any effect. SaltStickTM Caps contain water-soluble chelated potassium, calcium and magnesium citrates and gluconates that have high bioavailability and fast absorption rates. Sodium chloride present is also bioavailable and quickly absorbed. This is in contrast to some supplements that use forms of these minerals that have lower bioavailability, are insoluble, or require high stomach acid to digest. This means that SaltStickTM Caps will help get you to the finish line sooner!

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