Its hot out. No matter where you are in the country I’m sure this is the case for all of us! And with the heat comes even more reason to be more aware of hydrating and replenishing the electrolytes that we lose to sweat during an outdoor workout, walk, run, bike ride, or anything you might be doing outdoors this summer. We tend to forget about this until cramps and fatigue sneak up on us during a long run, for example. But when you have 16 miles to run you have to be ahead of the curve and anticipate! That’s where SaltStick comes in, which provides a scientifically balanced supply of absorbable sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, as well as vitamin D.
As a runner currently in training for the Chicago Marathon, and someone who is sensitive to the heat, I’ve found that its super important that I drink lots of water and also focus on my electrolyte levels throughout a long run. I’ve had trouble with this in the past, as far as finding the right combination to keep my energy levels up and my cramping down, so I was thrilled when I was asked to test out SaltStick.
SaltStick is mini capsules that provide electrolytes to help minimize heat stress and muscle cramping caused by perspiration, which as you know is super important in the summer (but also in the winter for sure!) and during extra tough workouts. The founder of the company is Jonathan Toker, an elite-level trail runner and triathlete who lives in Southern California. He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute and became an analytical chemist. He developed SaltStick using his knowledge of endurance sports and chemistry!
Why are electrolytes important anyway? From the SaltStick website, “Five electrolytes in particular play a pivotal role in maintaining normal human muscle function: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride. A shortage of any of these electrolytes will affect athletic performance through a range a subtle to serious side effects…If, during the course of training, you ingest nothing but sports drinks (or worse, water), you will become hyponatremic (low sodium) at some point. Many sports drinks also do not address any form of supplementation of the other key electrolytes… It is in the athlete’s best interest to ensure that replacement of the full spectrum of electrolytes is replaced, and in a form and quantity the body can absorb, such as that provided conveniently in a SaltStick Capsule.”
As an endurance runner myself, SaltStick meets so many of my needs and comes in a small and convenient size so its easy to carry in my running waistband. For cyclists and triathletes, they even have a dispenser that goes into your bike handlebars to hold your SaltStick capsules!
Some other fun features about SaltStick:
-They’re vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free, GMO free
-No sugar, no high fructose corn syrup, no sweeteners of any kind. No calories at all!
-SaltStick Caps were developed as a study of scientific literature on electrolyte loss in sweat, highly bioavailable ingredients, and field testing.
What did I think of SaltStick when I used it? I used SaltStick during many of my outdoor runs this summer since its been a hot one and I’m marathon training. I primarily used it during my longer runs as per the recommended instructions: take one capsule with water every 30-60 minutes. Usually I took a capsule closer to the 60 minute mark which means I was using it primarily for runs more than 7 or so miles. They were so easy to keep in my running waistband and since they’re in a capsule form, it was no problem taking them out and swallowing them with a little bit of water.
In the first 10 minutes or so after taking the capsule, I did feel like I needed to drink a little more water than I was before (probably because of the salt!) so I would recommend taking this with some water right afterwards, especially since you’re hot and sweaty already! Shortly after taking a capsule, I feel re-energized especially on those tough or super sweaty runs when my muscles were starting to feel fatigued. The difference before and after taking the capsule was definitely noticeable, and it was almost as if it gave my body its “second wind.” I really loved how it seemed to reduce any muscle cramps I was having and gave me the ability to keep running and running and running!
I definitely love my SaltStick capsules and wouldn’t go on a long run without them! Its been a lifesaver so many times when I felt very affected by the heat, sweaty, fatigued, and ready to give up. The capsules gave my muscles the electrolytes they needed to finish strong! I definitely recommend it.
Check out SaltStick for yourself–its the perfect addition for any athlete!
Disclosure: I was provided product and compensated for this post by SaltStick. All opinions are my own.
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