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Why runners need electrolytes:

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

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.

Sweat typically has about 1000 mg sodium/liter, a typical sports drink has 440 mg sodium/liter. If, during the course of training, you ingest nothing but sports drinks (or worse, water), you will become hyponatremic at some point. Many sports drinks also do not address any form of supplementation of the other key electrolytes, potentially causing yet further cramping and muscle issues.

How SaltStick can help you improve your running:

What is lost in sweat should be replaced by your electrolyte capsules in a quantity and form which your body can absorb. SaltStick® Caps have been formulated to provide your body with a balanced electrolyte content in the suggested serving of 1 capsule per 30-60 minutes. Two SaltStick Caps in an hour equate to 430 mg sodium, 126 mg potassium, 22 mg magnesium, and 44 mg calcium per hour: The ideal ratio to keep you moving.

Read our usage guides for all SaltStick products.

What other runners say about SaltStick products:

“I love these tablets. I take them prior to long runs, especially on hot days, and carry some with me to take during the run as well. When I don’t take them or don’t take more during my run, I can tell a significant difference in how my body feels, how fatigued I am.” — Amazon User Ellen McCraken.

“Salt Stick electrolyte tablets were a revelation for me. Since I’ve started using them I’ve had a much easier time with my endurance training. My long runs feel easier, and I no longer get splitting headaches hours after my runs. Amazon User Chris.

“I love SaltStick because it taste great, and dissolves so easily and leaves no mess. SaltStick also sits well in the stomach and is easy to digest, therefore making the experience of taking the product easy.” SaltStick-sponsored athlete Bryan Morseman.

Learn more about how SaltStick can help you improve your running by reading the following blog posts:

Recommended Products

SaltStick Fastchews 100ct Tart Orange bottle

SaltStick Fastchews

Tasty chewable electrolytes in 10ct zip-lock packets and 60ct bottles.

SaltStick Caps

SaltStick Caps

Our classic electrolyte formula in 100ct, 30ct, and 3ct sizes.

SaltStick Caps Plus

SaltStick Caps PLUS

Essential electrolytes PLUS 30mg caffeine in 100ct and 3ct sizes.

saltstick elixalyte bottle

SaltStick Elixalyte

Liquid electrolyte add-in available in 120 mL (4 fl oz) bottle.

The SaltStick blog is a source for additional information about SaltStick products as it relates nutrition, training, athletic endeavors, and other healthy pursuits. Our “In Depth Article” section lists the blog posts we think are helpful to runners.

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